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Grant Funding for Community Health Worker Programs

Grant funding for community health worker (CHW) programs and research on their impact is available from a variety of foundations, organizations, and federal agencies. Many rural CHW programs receive financial support through federal, state, and foundation grants. Insurance companies and other businesses may provide funding support for CHW programs. Below are several examples of entities that have previously funded CHW programs and research.

For a discussion of reimbursement approaches to sustain CHW programs, see Sustainability Strategies. For a list of current CHW funding opportunities, see the RHIhub Online Library Funding by Topic: Community Health Workers. For information on other funders, see Funders of Rural Programs in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.

Examples of Federal Agencies that Fund Rural CHW Programs

Examples of Foundations that Fund Rural CHW Programs

Many foundations and philanthropic organizations provide funding or other resources to sustain rural CHW programs.

  • In 2004 and 2009, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided support to promote the role of CHWs in Minnesota through the RWJF Local Funding Partnerships program.
  • In 2010, the California Health Care Foundation began building a statewide network of CHWs facilitating the exchange of information about outreach and service delivery strategies, local and statewide issues, lessons learned and best practices. Through this initiative, six regional collaboratives are charged with developing regional action plans.
  • In 2017, the Merck Foundation provided funding to help replicate a successful CHW program for high-risk diabetes patients in rural Appalachia to Federally Qualified Health Centers and rural hospitals in southern Ohio, eastern Kentucky, and West Virginia.
  • In 2016-2017, the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health provided support to the National Rural Health Association and the Texas A&M Community Health Worker Training Center to develop and disseminate a CHW oral health curriculum across Texas and New Mexico.
  • As of March 2020, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funded 76 interventions that use CHWs, including programs in rural Appalachian Kentucky and rural New Mexico.

Resources to Learn More

Resources and Reference Materials on Grant Writing
A guide to help identify grant opportunities and supporting resources for developing a proposal to fund a promotor(a) and CHW program. Includes a sample budget and grant proposal for a CHW program.
Organization(s): MHP Salud