Skip to main content

Commonwealth Fund Health Grants

Commonwealth Fund
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis


The Commonwealth Fund promotes a high performing healthcare system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including people with low-incomes, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, people with disabilities, and the elderly.

The Fund supports independent research on healthcare issues and makes grants to improve healthcare practice and policy. The Commonwealth Fund actively seeks to support projects on innovative approaches to addressing problems within its areas of focus.

The Fund's current programs are:

Within these program areas, preference is given to proposals to clarify the scope of serious and neglected problems; to develop, test, and evaluate the impact of practical, innovative models for addressing such problems; to disseminate tools and models of care that have been proven to be effective; or to analyze the impact of policies and trends on well-defined issues.


The Fund awards grants to tax-exempt organizations and institutions and public agencies. If an organization does not have 501(c)(3) status or other tax-exempt recognition, the Fund will determine whether a grant is possible based on a review of the project and the organization's expertise in conducting the research.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Amounts vary.

Application process

Applicants can submit letters of inquiry using the online letter of inquiry portal, available on the program website. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Through the Small Grants Fund, decisions on grants under $50,000 are made on a monthly basis.

Board grants over $50,000 are approved at one of the 3 board meetings held each year (July, November, and April), and are typically in development with Fund program staff for at least 4-6 months before the board meeting.

Tagged as
Children and youth · Elderly population · Healthcare business and finance · Healthcare quality · Medicare · Minorities · People with disabilities · Policy · Service delivery models · Uninsured and underinsured

For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.