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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Address the Health Needs of Vulnerable Populations

Hillman Emergent Innovation (HEI)

GrantWatch ID# 189179
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Important Dates
LOI Date: 02/28/23
Deadline: 06/27/23 11:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants of $50,000 to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and faith-based entities for projects that address the health needs of vulnerable populations. Applicants must submit a proposal prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to accelerate the development of bold, nursing-driven interventions that will improve the health and healthcare of marginalized populations. ​​

The Hillman Emergent Innovation (HEI) program provides grants to accelerate the development of bold, nursing-driven interventions that will improve the health and healthcare of marginalized populations. ​​These populations include Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), the economically disadvantaged, LGBTQ+ people, people experiencing homelessness, rural populations, immigrant and refugee populations and other groups that encounter barriers to receiving quality care.

The HEI program seeks proposals for innovative, early stage nursing-driven interventions that:

  • Challenge conventional strategies for delivering and improving care to marginalized populations
  • Demonstrate potential as a best-in-class intervention
  • Narrow gaps in health equity
  • Show potential for scalability

Additional priority consideration will be given to proposals that include one or more of the following:

  • Engagement of patients, families, caregivers, and/or community organizations in the design of the intervention
  • Inter-sectoral, inter-agency, and multidisciplinary collaboration including investigators from different disciplines
  • Investigators from diverse backgrounds or with diverse life experiences (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, class origin/first generation college, LGBTQ+, disability, national origin)
  • Strong institutional and community partnerships
  • Provision of care in non-hospital settings
  • Methodologies and metrics for advancing anti-racism models of care
  • Measurable goals and outcomes

Grant funds may be used for the following cost categories:

  • Personnel
  • Travel
  • Consultants
  • Direct Supplies
  • Equipment (Please note, partial or full support for equipment may be requested. Funding for infrastructure will be limited.)
  • Other research costs
  • Sub-grants/ subcontracts
  • Indirect costs. Please note: The Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation will provide a limited amount of funding for indirect costs, based on the nature of the applicant organization, to a maximum of 15% of direct costs (above outlined items) of the project’s administered grant value. The sum of direct and indirect costs must equal the total grant amount awarded ($50,000).


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
- U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that are not classified as private foundations (proof of qualifying non-profit status, such as a tax-exempt determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service, is required)
- 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

The Foundation believes that transformative ideas are as likely to come from community health clinics as they are from major academic research centers. They welcome applications from institutions and care settings from across the spectrum of care, and from practitioners representing a diverse range of backgrounds.

Not Eligible:
- Individuals
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, 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
- Capital projects or improvements
- Training programs
- Development of stand-alone technology including medical devices and mobile apps not integral to the overall design of the program
- Projects outside the United States and its territories

Pre-Proposal Conference
An informational webinar on this year’s Hillman Innovation Programs, will take place on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 1:00 pm EST to explain the particulars of each program and how to assess which might offer the best match for a given project. Please register in advance for the informational webinar.

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Pre-Application Information
Hillman Emergent Innovation Schedule:
- Grant Portal Opens: Tuesday, January 17, 2023
‍- Informational Webinar (optional)‍: Tuesday, January 24, 2023 (1:00 pm EST)
- Letters of Intent Due: ‍Tuesday, February 28, 2023 (11:59 pm EST)
- Finalists Invited to Submit Full Proposals: Tuesday, May 23, 2023
- Full Proposals Due: Tuesday, June 27, 2023 (11:59 pm EST)
- Awards Announcement: Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Grant payment will be made in full by December 31, 2023.

Number of Grants
The program will award up to five grants.

Estimated Size of Grant

Term of Contract
Project duration is 12–18 months, with an expected start date of January 1, 2024.

Contact Information
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Direct questions to

The Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation
200 Park Avenue South, Suite 1705
New York, NY 10003
tel: 212-265-3115
fax: 212-765-3134

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