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The Esther Tomljanovich Strategic Initiatives

Minnesota funding only. If your organization is outside of Minnesota return to the Apply for a Grant page to determine eligibility.


The Esther Tomljanovich Strategic initiative grants allow us to make community investments on a larger and more impactful scale to advance health equity. We seek “big ideas” that are transformational, innovative, and catalysts for systemic improvements in health outcomes. Successfully funded past projects are on a larger scale than our typical program grants. Previously funded pilot programs may be eligible for expansion.

The goal is to provide more flexibility for our grant partners to implement longer-term project and evaluate their impact. We may award a strategic grant over the course of two or even three years.

Focus Areas

Proposals should address one of the following focus areas:

  1. Healthcare workforce development programs at all levels
  2. Women’s health: access to prenatal and postpartum care and reproductive health services
  3. Support for aging health services, dementia and/or Alzheimer’s disease
  4. Dental programs for youth or adults
  5. Programs focusing on the intersection of health and stable housing for families
  6. Collaborative behavioral health projects with system level or community-wide impact


To be eligible, organizations must:

  • Have received a Medica Foundation grant in the last five years
  • Be in good standing with a successfully completed grant(s)
  • Have an organizational budget with revenue of at least $1 million
  • Be located and operate in Minnesota

Grant Amount

A single grant awarded up to $200,000


Application Process

Application is by invitation.  To submit an application for an Esther Tomljanovich Strategic Initiative grant, contact Gina DiMaggio    to discuss proposal, confirm eligibility, and receive a link to the application form


Applications Accepted Grant Award Announcement
February 1 – May 26, 2023 Mid October