Note: Proposals for the next review cycle must be received by September 15, 2017.
How to Apply
Submit a Letter of Inquiry
If you believe that your proposed program may be a good fit with the Foundation’s funding criteria below, please submit a Letter of Inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters are accepted on a rolling basis, and you will receive a response within three weeks.
Duration and funding levels for projects will be considered on a project basis.
Download LOI Form (Word)
What We Fund
The Foundation generally invites specific applications for proposals. However, unsolicited proposals for projects that contribute to achieving the program’s goals are welcome. Proposals initiated by applicants should be presented to the Foundation as a letter of inquiry. We strongly recommend that applicants carefully review our program goals, priorities and restrictions before submitting a letter of inquiry.
We fund programs and projects that will contribute to improving systems of care for children with special health care needs and their families in California and the nation. Through convenings and surveys of consumers, advocates, and other thought leaders and reviews of published research, programs and policies, the Foundation has developed a model of an enhanced system that is designed to address current system deficiencies while maintaining and improving upon the positive components.
The model envisions a health care system that provides high-quality, family-centered, culturally competent and coordinated care within a medical home, funded by a unified, efficient and comprehensive payment system. The model also calls for an adequate number of highly trained pediatric specialty care providers; focused training for general pediatricians in the management of children with special health care needs; and widely accepted and uniformly utilized quality measures.
Areas of Focus
The Foundation will consider letters of inquiry that address improving care for children with special needs in the following areas:
- Care coordination and integrated systems of care
- Support for families in self-management and advocacy
- Quality standards and measures focused on children with special health care needs
- Other projects that inform or have a high likelihood of improving the performance of the care systems serving children with chronic or complex health care needs
The proposed program or project should:
- Be applicable to the care of children in California
- Have potential for national applicability
- Have the potential to improve the system of care for children with special needs
- Demonstrate an understanding of the complex system of care for CSHCN and build on existing knowledge and systems
- Have potential to affect a large number of CSHCN
- Have potential for impact within five years
- Have reasonable evidence of sustainability, where applicable
- Have reasonable evidence of replicability, where applicable
- Present opportunities for collaboration
Letters of Inquiry are accepted from organizations that:
- Are classified as tax exempt under 501(c)(3) or are a public or educational entity; collaborations of nonprofit and public agencies with a designated fiscal sponsor; or entities that have a charitable purpose. Letters from for-profit organizations will be considered only if a nonprofit organization serves as the designated fiscal sponsor.
- Have demonstrated capacity to implement effective, culturally competent programs; reach intended populations; and achieve clear, reasonable and measurable goals and objectives.
- Promote and maintain nondiscriminatory policies in programs and the workplace.
What We Don’t Fund
- Private foundations 509(a)
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Fundraising sponsorships
- Endowments, capital campaigns, or annual fund appeals
- Basic biomedical research
- Development of new technology or technology-based applications
- Disease- or condition-specific projects
- Major media projects unless they are an outgrowth of one of the Foundation’s programs
- Support for service programs
Meeting and Conference Support
The Foundation occasionally will support conferences organized by others. Funding is most likely to be provided when the content of the event advances the Foundation’s mission and contributes to achieving its goals. In addition, preference is given to applicants who offer the opportunity for the Foundation to partner in the planning of the conference and consequent activities, and to events held in California. In general, events supported by the Foundation should be formally evaluated, and the Foundation will expect to receive a list of attendees and their contact information after the event. Requests simply for sponsorship are unlikely to be funded.
Materials for Invited Applicants
The guidelines below are for grant applicants who have been asked by a program officer to develop a full proposal and budget. Proposals that have not been requested will not be considered for funding.
- Proposal Guidelines
- Organization and Project Information Form (Word)
- Budget Proposal Form (Excel)
- Budget Guidelines
- Publication Guidelines