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Funding Priorities

The Medica Foundation is focused on promoting systemic improvements in health outcomes. Proposals from organizations exhibiting trauma-sensitive practices and using a strengths-based approach to care are preferred.

2022 Funding Opportunities

About Our Funding

The Medica Foundation recognizes the importance of supporting the unique health needs of individual communities in our grantmaking.  

Our overarching principles

  • Benefits communities that Medica serves.
  • Improves the availability of, access to and/or quality of health care.
  • Achieves success or demonstrates effectiveness through measurable outcomes.

Priority will be given to programs that

  • Support community-led initiatives
  • Have a high likelihood of improved health through sustainable impact
  • Address community issues and promote equitable solutions to reduce health disparities
  • Build partnerships and collaborations within the community

Funding Map


How We Fund

Grant process for online proposals: Our online RFP grant process is open to organizations located in and providing services in the states and Native Nations of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and for organizations whose headquarters are located in the western Wisconsin counties of Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, Polk, Sawyer, St. Croix and Washburn.

Refer to the Funding Opportunity Guide for the specific program manager to contact with questions.

Grant process for invitation only proposals: Over the past few years we’ve expanded our philanthropic reach to include funding for organizations located in and providing services in, Nebraska and for Native Nations in Nebraska, as well as areas in southwestern Iowa. We’re developing community relationships and learning about health concerns in these states. The process for funding in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa is by invitation only. Contact us to share information about your organization and health programs.

Contact Shelly d'Almeida with questions.

We'll consider funding for organizations in Arizona, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma in future years.

Who We Fund

To request a grant, your organization must be a 501(c)(3) charitable organization or a public/governmental agency located in and providing services in the Medica Foundation service area.  A public agency is an organization established and primarily funded by a unit of government. Examples could include a public school, public health department or state governmental agency.

When We Fund

If your organization received a Behavioral Health or Early Childhood Health grant last year or if you have a current strategic grant, you are not eligible to apply for any of those programs this year. Contact us to discuss your program impact and potential for continued short-term funding.

Rural health grant recipients are eligible to submit an application for funding in consecutive years.

The Medica Foundation considers only single-year grant requests. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive one grant within a calendar year. Depending on the needs of the community, these funding areas may be modified from year to year.

The areas we don't fund include:

  • Capital campaigns or capital expenditures
  • General and/or ongoing operating support for program grants
  • Fiscal agents unless the fiscal agent is an active partner in the program
  • Organizations with a pending 501c(3) status
  • Programs for which overhead expenses exceed 10% of the total grant
  • Religious groups for religious purposes
  • Lobbying or political activities
  • Sporting events or athletic groups
  • Direct support for individuals and families

2022 Grant Schedule

Behavioral Health

Early Childhood Health

Rural Health

Strategic Initiatives

Maximum Grant Award $50,000 $25,000 $5,000 - $10,000 $200,000
Initial Applications Accepted February 1 - April 1 February 1 - April 29 July 1 - August 31 February 1 - May 27
Invitations Extended to Finalist Applicants Mid June Early August N/A - One Step Application Mid August
Full Proposals Due July 15 September 2 N/A - One Step Application Presentations -
Early September
Grant Award Announcements  Mid September Mid October Mid December Mid October
Grant Period Begins and Funding Released October 2022 -
January 2023
November 2022 - January 2023 January 2023 TBD