The Highmark Foundation awards high-impact grants to nonprofit organizations to spearhead programs aimed at improving community health in the communities served by Highmark, Inc, its subsidiaries and affiliates.
The Foundation approaches grantmaking proactively and utilizes research to identify areas of need in which Foundation funding will make a profound difference.
After an area of need is identified, grantmaking is performed primarily through Invited Proposals or Requests for Proposal (RFP).
The Foundation limits its grantmaking to nonprofit organizations that are defined as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and as public charities under section 509 (a) of the code.
The Foundation awards grants in the area of health, defining health broadly to include social, behavioral and other dimensions beyond illness or disease. The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on four areas:
Ideally, the Foundation seeks evidence-based programs that impact multiple counties, that achieve replicable long-term models, and that attract collaborative funding by community partners.
Foundation grants have been awarded to hospitals, community health centers, health service organizations, local community groups and government agencies committed to improving community health. Programs at various stages of development are eligible for Foundation support, including demonstrations, pilot projects, model programs, expansion plans and well-established initiatives.
Foundation grants are not awarded for lobbying or political campaign activities. In addition, the Foundation generally does not award grants for capital campaigns, annual fund-raising campaigns, deficit funding, endowments, event sponsorships, clinical research, scholarships, routine operational costs, overhead costs or direct financial subsidy of health services to individuals or groups.
Invited Proposals target specific audiences and activities identified by the Foundation. Unlike Requests for Proposals (RFPs), these offers involve the participation of a specific entity and may represent a longer-term commitment from both the grant recipient and the Foundation. All phases of the project must be acceptable to the Foundation prior to funding, including estimated costs, timelines and expected results.
The Foundation will periodically issue an RFP related to specific health challenges. Organizations with demonstrated capacity or evidence of strong potential to meet those challenges are invited to respond to an RFP. A grant or grants will be awarded based upon a competitive analysis of the proposals submitted. Grants will be awarded to the applicants deemed most responsive to the specific RFP requirements.
Proposals should only be submitted using the online grant application.
The grantmaking process involves evaluating a program based on whether or not it:
To respond to an invited proposal, the following information is required.
The Foundation's board of directors generally meets quarterly (March, June, September and December) to review proposals. A Foundation committee conducts an in-depth review process on a quarterly basis. Once a grant is approved, additional information, including a site visit, may be required.
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