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The Esther Tomljanovich Strategic Initiatives


Strategic initiatives enable the Medica Foundation to make a community investment on a larger and more impactful scale to advance health equity. We are seeking “big ideas” that are transformational, innovative and catalysts for systemic improvements in health outcomes. Successfully funded past proposals have been on a larger scale than our typical program grants.

The goal is to provide more flexibility for our grant partner to implement a longer-term project and evaluate impact. A strategic grant may be awarded over the course of two or even three years.

Proposals should address one of the following focus areas:

  • Community outreach to increase pediatric immunization rates
  • Mental and/or chemical health needs for youth (ages 12-19)
  • Mental health needs due to historical trauma and racism

In order to be eligible, organizations must:

  • Have received a Medica Foundation Behavioral Health, Early Childhood Health or The Esther Tomljanovich Strategic Initiatives grant in the last five years
  • Be in good standing with a successfully completed grant
  • Have an organization budget with revenue of at least $1 million
  • Be located and operate in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or western Wisconsin

One grant awarded up to $200,000

If you wish to submit an application for a The Esther Tomljanovich Strategic Initiatives grant, we ask that you first contact Gina DiMaggio, Foundation program manager to discuss your proposal, confirm eligibility and request a link to the application form.

Contact Gina DiMaggio

Applications Accepted Grant Award Announcement
February 1 – May 27, 2022 Mid October