Special Projects Fund


October 3, 2018

Priority Area

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 Veterans’ Health.

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 1: All applicants are required to complete an online inquiry form. Deadlines for the online inquiry form are below. For detailed guidelines, review the online inquiry form instructions.

APPLY HERE: Online Inquiry Form

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:
Online Inquiry Form: October 3, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
Full Proposal Invitation/Declination Notification: Beginning of November 2018

Full Proposal Due Date (invited applicants only): November 30, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
Award Notification: End of March 2019

Funding Cycle Two:
Online Inquiry Form: March 5, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
Full Proposal Invitation/Declination Notification: Mid-April 2019

Full Proposal Due Date (invited applicants only): May 7, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
Award Notification: Beginning of October 2019

NOTE: All updates and notifications will come from noreply@salesforce.com. Please make sure to check your junk/spam folders and edit your filters, as these e-mails often get redirected.

Helpful Information

Learn more about the Special Projects Fund in this video:


Programmatic questions: specialprojectsfund@nyshealth.org.

Technical questions about the online application system should be addressed to Grants Assistant Elena Pereira at pereira@nyshealth.org.