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Hillman Innovations in Care (HIC) Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies for Health
Care Programs that Benefit Vulnerable Populations

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Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation

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Grants to USA nonprofits, government entities, and faith-based organizations for programs that improve the health and health care services of vulnerable populations. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to applying. Funding is intended for cutting edge, nursing-driven programs that benefit underserved populations, including the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people, the homeless, rural populations, and other groups that encounter barriers to accessing quality health care services. Proposals with thoughtful and efficient use of resources will be preferred over proposals representing comparable efforts that do not have the same value for the investment.

The mission of the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation is to improve the lives of patients, families and communities through nursing-driven innovation. To this end, the Foundation cultivates nurse leaders, supports nursing research, and disseminates new models of care that are critical to making the U.S. health care system more patient-centered, accessible, equitable, and affordable. The Foundation seeks bold, evidence-based, patient- and family-centered approaches that challenge conventional strategies, improve health outcomes, lower costs, and show potential for national replicability.

The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation specifically seeks proposals that address the health care needs of vulnerable populations in the following areas:

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

The Hillman Innovations in Care grants will consider support for two types of proposal:

  1. The adaptation of proven, well-established nursing-driven delivery models to new settings or patient populations. Example: A highly successful nurse home-visitation program targeting first-time mothers and their children is adapted to serve the needs of family caregivers and their elderly loved ones. After a promising preliminary pilot phase, the program is poised for expansion. 
  2. The expansion of emerging nursing-driven delivery models that possess evidence suggesting a strong likelihood for broad scalability. Example: A Type 2 diabetes prevention program targeting low-income Hispanic families in Arizona shows promising outcomes after 5 years of operation. The project team that administers the program seeks to expand the intervention to similar communities in other states.

Priority consideration will be given to proposals that include one or more of the following:

  • Engagement of patients, families, caregivers, and community organizations
  • Inter-professional or multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Institutional and community partnerships
  • Provision of care in non-hospital settings
  • Strong preliminary evidence
  • Measurable goals and outcomes

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179957

Number of Grants:

At least two grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

Projects are expected to begin January 1, 2021, and end December 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are welcome from institutions and care settings from across the spectrum of care, and from practitioners representing a diverse range of backgrounds.

- USA 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

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

Not considered:
- 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

Pre-proposal Conference:

On Tuesday, February 11th, 2020, an informational webinar will be held to answer questions about the 2020 Hillman Innovations in Care and Hillman Emergent Innovation programs. Ahrin Mishan, Executive Director, will lead this interactive presentation.

To register for the webinar, please click here:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by Monday, March 2, 2020.

Program staff will contact you via phone or email should the Foundation require more information about your application. If your project is selected to move forward in the review process, the Foundation will request a full proposal. You will receive an email with instructions for completing a full proposal for review. Organizations that are selected for a site visit will be contacted by phone or email; visits will be scheduled by mutual convenience. Full proposals are due by Monday, June 1, 2020

Application Schedule:
- Informational Webinar: February 11, 2020
- Applications due: Monday, March 2, 2020
- Finalists invited for full proposal: Tuesday, April 14, 2020
- Full proposals due: Monday, June 1, 2020
- Awards announced: Tuesday, November 3, 2020

In addition to engaging in investigative activities related to their proposed project, grantees will be expected to:
- Actively participate in meetings or workshops that bring together grantees to share learning and best practices
- Participate in public engagement activities


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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