Opportunistic Grantmaking

One of the things that makes the Foundation for Community Health (FCH) unique is our ability to respond to issues or requests outside of active Request for Proposal processes. Examples of an “opportunity” might be a response to an emergency or unexpected event, support for significant technical assistance, or a request by one of our peers to join them in a collaborative effort. The Opportunistic Grant Program receives proposals on a rolling basis.

To complement the foundation’s Strategic Grantmaking, FCH has developed the following criteria for its Opportunistic Grantmaking. If you have a concept or idea that lies outside these criteria, we encourage you to reach out. Email nwinters@fchealth.org or schedule a meeting on Natashea’s calendar

Seeking support for your nonprofit? For capacity building or other similar requests above $15,000 FCH will consider requests for technical assistance related to: 

  • Partnerships, Mergers, or Acquisitions
  • Strategic Planning
  • Organization-wide Evaluation 
  • Financial Infrastructure Assessment, Cash Flow Analysis, Cost Accounting 

Requests below $15,000 will be directed to the foundation’s Capacity Building Grant Program. The Capacity Building Grant Program receives proposals twice a year. All grant requests must be submitted through the Foundation for Community Health’s online grantee portal

Seeking support for your school district or town? We are particularly interested in funding requests that: 

  • Significantly increase a municipality’s capacity to support, build, and strengthen school/town-sponsored committees or boards 
  • Support professional development or educational opportunities for school/town-sponsored committees or boards
  • Strengthen coordination between towns with shared goals and objectives
  • Support strategic communication efforts with the public 

Proposals will need to demonstrate how the request specifically improves any of the living conditions required for health and well-being. All grant requests must be submitted through the Foundation for Community Health’s online grantee portal through the Opportunistic Grant Program. 

Seeking support to improve community-level infrastructure in your town or region? We are especially interested in funding requests from nonprofits or towns which aim to: 

  • Plan, create, or increase access to any community-level infrastructure that has the potential to improve health outcomes. 

Please note, we define community infrastructure as any community-level resource that shapes the conditions experienced by community members. We will give priority to initiatives related to food (access, procurement, distribution), housing, and broadband OR initiatives that will contribute directly to community health access. 

All grant requests must be submitted through the Foundation for Community Health’s online grantee portal through the Opportunistic Grant Program.