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The Esther Tomljanovich Strategic Initiatives

Minnesota funding only.

A single grant is awarded up to $200,000.


The Esther Tomljanovich Strategic initiative grant lets us make community investments on a larger and more impactful scale to advance health equity. We seek transformational "big ideas" that are catalysts for systemic improvements in health outcomes. These are on a larger scale than our typical program grants. Prior Medica Foundation grantees will be prioritized.

The goal is to provide more flexibility for our grant partners to implement longer-term project and evaluate their impact. Strategic initiative grants are implemented over the course of two or even three years. 


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
  7. Reducing barriers and increasing access to healthcare services for marginalized communities


To be eligible, organizations must:

  • Have an organizational budget with revenue of at least $1 million
  • Be located and operate in Minnesota

Application Process

Application is by invitation.  To submit an application for an Esther Tomljanovich Strategic Initiative grant, contact us at [email protected]     to discuss proposal eligibility and receive a link to the application

Applications Accepted Grant Award Announcement
February 1 – May 24, 2024 Mid October