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Hillman Innovations in Care (HIC) Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Improve
Health Care Services for Communities of Color

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Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government entities, and faith-based organizations for programs that improve the health of and health care services for communities of color. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to applying. Funding is intended for submissions addressing racism and its impact on health.

Racism has been, and remains, the root cause of serious health inequities that unjustly affect communities of color. These disparities include increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and mental illness; inequitable access to high-quality care; inordinately negative outcomes such as infant and maternal mortality rates for Black mothers and babies that are twice as high as those for white populations, and life expectancy that can be as much as ten years shorter than white counterparts living a short drive away. 

The disproportionate harm of the COVID-19 pandemic in Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color and police killings as part of a long history of police brutality are other manifestations of structural racism and societal inequities. Addressing and dismantling racism in its myriad forms—structural, interpersonal, and institutional—is a critical and constructive approach to advancing health equity and improving population health.

The 2021 HIC program seeks proposals for bold, nursing-driven interventions that:

  • Seek to mitigate the effects of racism on health and/or narrow gaps in health equity
  • Identify and address sources of racism that affect health
  • Challenge conventional strategies for delivering and improving care to populations affected by racism     
  • Build trust and credibility in programs or systems of care
  • Are informed by anti-racism practices
  • Present strong preliminary evidence
  • Show potential for broad replicability

For proposals that will receive priority consideration, see

For allowable costs, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179957

Number of Grants:

There will be up to two (2) HIC grants that will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $600,000

Term of Contract:

Grants will be distributed over a 36-month period. Projects are expected to begin January 1, 2022, and end December 31, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:
- U.S. 501(c)(3) non profit organizations that are not classified as private foundations. (The Foundation will consider only organizations that can provide proof of qualifying non-profit status, including a tax-exempt determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service.)
- International organizations that are the equivalent of U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations that are submitting a project that focuses within the United States
- Government entities
- Faith-based organizations that welcome and serve all members of the community regardless of religious belief

Not eligible:
- Individuals
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status

The Foundation will not consider:
- White papers, literature reviews, or support for publishing
- Basic science or research
- Development of stand-alone technology including medical devices and mobile apps not integral to the overall design of the program
- Capital projects or improvements
- Projects outside the United States and its territories

Pre-proposal Conference:

For the 2021 HIC Racism and Health program, an informational webinar will be held Tuesday, February 16, from 1:00PM – 2:00PM ET.

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Pre-Application Information:

2021 Hillman Innovations in Care (HIC) Application Schedule:
- RFP Announced/Grants Portal Open: Tue, Feb 9
- Informational Webinar: Tue, Feb 16
- Letters of Intent (LOI) Due (by 11:59PM PT): Tue, Mar 30
- Finalists Invited for Full Proposal: Tue, Apr 27
- Full Proposals Due: Tue, Jun 1
- 2021 HIC Grantees Announced: Tue, Oct 26

Schedule and dates are subject to change. Applicants will be notified via email and updates will be made on the RAHF website.

Program staff will contact you via phone or email should we require more information about your application. If your project is selected to move forward in the review process, the Foundation will request a full proposal.

Informational Webinar Recording:

An informational webinar was held Feb 16, 2021. The recording can be viewed here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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