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2017 Special Projects Fund


The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) has a broad mission to improve the health of all New Yorkers, especially the most vulnerable. NYSHealth’s efforts are concentrated on specific priority and focus areas, but to ensure flexibility and responsiveness to other important health issues, the Special Projects Fund supports projects that are outside of those areas. Projects pertaining to the following priority and focus areas will be INELIGIBLE for funding through the Special Projects Fund: Building Healthy CommunitiesEmpowering Health Care Consumers, or Addressing Veterans’ Health Needs.

All projects must have an impact on New Yorkers either at a local, regional, or statewide level. Special Projects Fund awards should be considered one-time, nonrenewable funding opportunities. NYSHealth issues two funding cycles for Special Projects Fund through a request for proposals (RFP) each year.

Please find the detailed Special Projects Fund RFP here.

How to Apply

  • Step 2: After reviewing all inquiry forms, NYSHealth staff members will select applicants to submit a full proposal online. Selected applicants will be e-mailed specific submission instructions. Deadlines for the full proposal are below.

Important Deadlines

Funding Cycle One has ended. Awardees will be notified by the end of March 2017.

Funding Cycle Two:
Online Inquiry Form: March 15, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
Full Proposal Invitation/Declination Notification: Mid-April 2017
Full Proposal Due Date (invited applicants only): May 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
Award Notification: Beginning of October 2017

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Download RFP