What We Believe

As a community-informed and engaged foundation, we recognize that our grantmaking must be agile and responsive to our region’s immediate and evolving community health and wellness needs. Outside of our general operating support grantmaking, we make responsive grants to community partners for time-sensitive crises, special activities that promote health and wellness, and community events that encourage new ideas and innovation in our region. 


Led by our mission, vision, and core values, we accept requests on a rolling basis for three types of responsive funding: 


We provide emergency funding to non-profit organizations that directly address the critical health needs of our region’s residents during a crisis. 


Read about our efforts last year to address COVID-19 in our service region.


We provide “pulse” grants for projects and activities that support on-the-ground community work and promote innovative ideas and solutions to advance health equity in our region. These projects and activities allow us to learn about work that is happening in our region and understand the role we can play in that work. 


We accept sponsorship requests for community-based and community-oriented events in our region. Event types include, but are not limited to, grantee partner organization fundraisers, community health fairs and education events, and community convenings on topics related to the social determinants of health.


We prioritize event sponsorships most aligned with our mission, vision, core values, and events that benefit our region’s residents.


      • Must be a 501c3 organization (or have a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a Fiscal Sponsor)
      • Responsive funding requests must benefit residents or staff that reside and/or are based in the Healthy Communities Foundation service region.
      • Your organization must not discriminate by race, ethnicity, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin. 
      • Your organization does not have to be a current grantee partner of Healthy Communities Foundation.


      • Initiatives already receiving general operating support provided by the Healthy Communities Foundation
      • Partisan political events or individuals
      • Capital campaigns


Please contact any of our staff below: 

Nora Garcia, Director of Programs

Tina Ramirez Moon, Program Officer

Gillian Knight, Program Associate


If you have a technical questions related to the grants portal, please email us at or call us at (708)443-5674.

Information About our 2021 General Operating Support Grant Cycle Now Posted