Hillman Innovations in Care Grant Program

Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation

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Next predicted deadline: Mar 30, 2022 11:59pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later predicted deadlines: Jun 1, 2022 11:59pm PDT (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $600,000

Fields of work: Nursing

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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2021 Focus on Racism and Health

Hillman Innovations in Care Program

The Hillman Innovations in Care (HIC) Program was established in 2014 to advance innovative, nursing-driven models of care that target the health and healthcare needs of groups and communities who have historically struggled against oppression, discrimination and indifference. These populations include Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), the economically disadvantaged, LGBTQ+ people, people experiencing homelessness, low-income rural populations, and others.

This year the HIC program is issuing a special call for submissions that address racism and its impact on health. Racism has been, and remains, the root cause of serious health inequities that unjustly affect communities of color. These disparities include increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, obesity and mental illness; inequitable access to high quality care; inordinately negative outcomes such as infant and maternal mortality rates for Black mothers and babies that are twice as high as those for white populations, and life expectancy that can be as much as ten years shorter than white counterparts living a short drive away. 

The disproportionate harm of the COVID-19 pandemic in Black, Indigenous and other communities of color and police killings as part of a long history of police brutality are other manifestations of structural racism and societal inequities. Addressing and dismantling racism in its myriad forms—structural, interpersonal, and institutional—is a critical and constructive approach to advancing health equity and improving population health.


The goal of the HIC program is to advance leading-edge, nursing-driven models of care that will improve the health and health care of vulnerable populations, including the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people, the homeless, rural populations, and other groups that encounter barriers to accessing health-care services.

We seek bold, creative, patient- and family-centered approaches that challenge conventional strategies, improve health outcomes, lower costs, and enhance patient and family caregiver experience.

Program Priorities

The 2021 HIC program seeks proposals for bold, nursing-driven interventions that:

  • Seek to mitigate the effects of racism on health and/or narrow gaps in health equity
  • Identify and address sources of racism that affect health
  • Challenge conventional strategies for delivering and improving care to populations affected by racism 
  • Build trust and credibility in programs or systems of care
  • Are informed by anti-racism practices
  • Present strong preliminary evidence
  • Show potential for broad replicability

The Foundation seeks proposals that address the health care needs of the vulnerable populations in the following areas:

  • Maternal and child health
  • Care of the older adult
  • Chronic illness management

 Types of Proposals

  • The adaptation of proven nursing-driven models to new or expanded settings or patient populations. The adaptation should be past the pilot phase and demonstrate significant preliminary evidence.
  • The expansion of emerging nursing-driven models with early evidence suggesting a strong likelihood for achieving Triple Aim-like outcomes on a broad scale.

All proposals must address the potential for:

  • Improving health, lowering costs, and enhancing patient and caregiver experience
  • Scalability
  • Sustainability

Grant Awards

The program will award two grants of up to $600,000 each, distributed over a 36-month period.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • We welcome applications from institutions and care settings from across the spectrum of care, and from practitioners representing a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • We believe that transformative ideas are as likely to come from community health clinics as they are from major academic research centers. 
  • Who is eligible?
    • U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are not classified as private foundations. (The Foundation will consider only organizations that can provide proof of qualifying non-profit status, including a tax-exempt determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service.)
    • International organizations that are the equivalent of U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations that are submitting a project that focuses within the United States
    • Government entities
    • Faith-based organizations that welcome and serve all members of the community regardless of religious belief
  • Grant funds may be used for the following cost categories:
    • Personnel
    • Travel
    • Consultants
    • Direct Supplies
    • Equipment: Please note, partial or full support for equipment may be requested. Funding for infrastructure will be limited.
    • Other Research Costs
    • Sub-grants/ Subcontracts
    • Indirect costs: Please note, the Hillman Foundation will provide a limited amount of indirect costs, based on the nature of the applicant organization, to a maximum of 15% of direct costs of the grantee’s administered grant value. This amount will be included in the $600,000 of direct costs (i.e., total value of the grant will be $600,000). 


  • Priority consideration will be given to projects that include one or more of the following:
    • Engagement of patients, families, caregivers and community organizations
    • Health and wellness promotion and disease prevention
    • Inter-professional or multidisciplinary collaboration
    • Strong institutional and community partnerships
    • Provision of care in non-hospital settings


  • We will not consider:
    • White papers, literature reviews, or support for publishing
    • Basic science or research
    • Development of stand-alone technology including medical devices and mobile apps not integral to the overall design of the program
    • Capital projects or improvements
    • Projects outside the United States and its territories
  • Who is not eligible?
    • Individuals
    • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status


This page was last reviewed November 02, 2021 and last updated November 02, 2021