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 an unsolicited Program Grant proposal during 2020, use the following quarterly deadlines:
Grant Cycle 1st Quarter 2020 2nd Quarter 2020 3rd Quarter 2020 4th Quarter 2020
Last day for required inquiry calls 10/15/2019 1/15/2020 4/15/2020 7/15/2020
Concept papers due 11/1/2019 2/1/2020 5/1/2020 8/1/2020
Proposals due 12/15/2019 3/15/2020 6/15/2020 9/15/2020
Grantee notification End of March 2020 End of June 2020 End of Sept. 2020 End of Dec. 2020
Grant Cycle Year 4/1/2020 – 3/31/2021 7/1/2020-6/30/2021 10/1/2020-9/30/2021 1/1/2021- 12/31/2022

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. Schedule a call with our program officers to discuss your grant idea. You can schedule a call by clicking here.
  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. All concept papers must be submitted electronically through the foundation’s applicant portalClick here for step by step instructions for registering and submitting a concept paper through the grantee portal.
  4. After submitting your concept paper, you may be invited to submit a full proposal. All proposals must be submitted electronically through the foundation’s applicant portal. Click here for step by step instructions for submitting a proposal through the grantee portal.

If you are interested in responding with an application to an open request for proposals (RFP) from the foundation, please visit the applicant portal to apply.


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 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 view the application, click here. To apply for a President’s Discretionary Grant Award, please visit our applicant portal.

UPDATE: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and crisis, the Connecticut Health Foundation has temporarily shifted the focus of the President’s Discretionary fund. The foundation will only accept proposals that (1) address the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 crisis on communities of color in Connecticut, or (2) bridge funding for nonprofits as they await federal or state financial assistance. The foundation will revise the criteria as the situation warrants. If you have an idea you would like the foundation to consider funding in 2021, please email Garrick Wong, director of grantmaking, at

Click here for step by step instructions for submitting a discretionary grant proposal through the grantee portal.



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.