The Systems Improvement and Innovation Responsive Grants (SIIRG) program provides funding for organizations working to improve or innovate to make their services more responsive to the health needs of their communities in one or more of four strategic priority areas:  rural health, aging/older adults, behavioral health/substance use disorder, and maternal and child health. Funded projects will focus on changing systems, services, policies, practices, and perceptions that create barriers to access and care.  Projects must also address systemic inequities that perpetuate stigma, bias, and racism.

The focus of SIIRG is creating change at the system and organizational levels, with a major emphasis on ensuring that those who are meant to benefit from the work have a meaningful and ongoing voice in shaping improvements and innovations that address their needs.  MeHAF experience suggests that the most successful projects with the longest staying power after grant funding ended were those tailored to be responsive to community and cultural needs, focused on efforts to reduce inequities, and designed to leverage local resources, talents, and opportunities.  Projects that propose simple replication of models and best practices without meaningful community participation may not be successful and are less likely to be funded.

  • Applicants may apply for a one-year planning grant of $10,000 to $30,000 or a project grant for up to two years at $25,000 to $50,000 per year.
  • The grant period will be August 1, 2020 – July 31, 2021/2022
  • Total Funding Available in 2020 for the SIIRG grant will be $550,000

Initial applications will be submitted via an online application and must be received electronically by 4:00 pm on March 5. If you are having problems with the online application, please be sure to contact Holly Irish at least two days before the due date.

For any questions about the Systems Improvement and Innovation Responsive Grants (SIIRG) program, please contact Charles Dwyer, Senior Program Officer by email, or by phone at 207.620.8266 x103

If you need assistance with the online application, please contact Holly Irish, Grants Associate by email, or by phone at 207.620.8266 x115