Grants Process

  • Eligibility
  • Grant Deadlines
  • Submitting
  • Grant approval


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Eligibility and Requirements

  • Organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • State and municipal public agencies
  • Public entities such as health departments, universities, and social service programs
  • Coalitions, advocacy groups, and collaboratives that are not incorporated may be 
eligible if a responsible fiscal agent is identified
  • Grants to individuals
  • Direct services
  • Funding for clinical research
  • Capital projects, endowments, or chairs associated with universities and medical schools
  • Projects that do not benefit Connecticut residents
  • Funding for legislative lobbying efforts or political campaigns
  • Indirect costs for discretionary grants or for general operating support grants

Grant Deadlines

The application requirements depend on the type of grant.
  1. If you are submitting a grant in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP), follow the dates listed in the RFP.
  2. If you are submitting a “Your Ideas” grant proposal during 2018, use the following quarterly deadlines:
Grant Cycle 1st  Quarter 2018 2nd Quarter 2018 3rd Quarter  2018 4th Quarter    2018
Concept papers due 11/13/2017 2/28/2018 5/18/2018 8/31/2018
Proposals due 12/22/2017 3/26/2018 6/18/2018 9/28/2018
Grantee notification 3/23/2018 6/18/2018 10/1/2018 12/21/2018
Grant Cycle Year 4/1/18 – 3/31/19 7/1/18 – 6/30/19 10/1/18 – 9/30/19 1/1/19 – 12/31/19

3. President’s Discretionary grant applications can be submitted at any  point in the year.


Submitting Your Proposal

We have three types of grants, each with their own application process. However, the first step for each is the same: Review the Grantseeker Guidelines. Once you have reviewed the guidelines, follow the steps based on the type of grant you are seeking.


To apply for this type of grant:

  1. Review the Grantseeker Guidelines to see if your project aligns with our funding priorities.
  2. If you want to discuss your grant idea, please contact our grants department at 860-724-1580.
  3. If your idea aligns with our strategic objectives, we may ask you to submit a concept paper that further describes the work and expected outcomes. Instructions for completing the concept paper can be found in this electronic form. Applicants should email completed concept papers to
  4. After submitting your concept paper, you may be invited to submit a full proposal. Please see the Your Idea Proposal Application for instructions. Applicants should email completed forms to

If you are interested in responding with an application to an open request for proposals (RFP) from the foundation, please refer to the instructions listed in that RFP.


CT Health occasionally awards grants for between $1,000 and $25,000 to organizations and institutions that respond to our overall mission or specific priority areas. President’s Discretionary Grant Awards grants are accepted throughout the year, and decisions are made at the discretion of the president & CEO and approved by either the board chair or program committee chair. To apply for a President’s Discretionary Grant Award, please complete the application form and email it to


Approval process

The grant approval process occurs on a quarterly basis.

  1. Grantseeker submits concept paper
  2. Staff reviews concept paper and provides feedback to the applicant
  3. Grantseeker submits application
  4. Staff reviews application and recommends which grants should move forward to the program committee for consideration
  5. Program committee reviews the application and votes
  6. If accepted, the application is forwarded to the full board for approval
  7. If the application is approved by the board, a formal letter of award and grant agreement are sent to the grantee

If you have more questions, please see these Grant FAQs.

Requests for Proposals

We issue requests for proposals (RFPs) throughout the year. Click here to see open requests as well as the most recent RFPs from the foundation.