Special Projects Fund


June 2020

Priority Area

Special Projects Fund

Special Projects Fund Update June 2020:

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the State, leaving no New Yorker untouched. This crisis has created new funding needs and priorities that require immediate and long-term support. Therefore, we have transitioned our remaining 2020 Special Projects Fund RFP budget toward our ongoing response to the pandemic, and will be unable to fund the current LOI submissions.

Applications for COVID-19 response funding are by invitation only. Learn about our response efforts here.

We anticipate the announcement of the next 2021 Special Projects Fund RFP this winter.

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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.

Helpful Information


Programmatic questions: specialprojectsfund@nyshealth.org.

Technical questions about the online application system should be addressed to Grants Assistant Keenen Willis at willis@nyshealth.org.