Special Projects Fund


October 7, 2021

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: Healthy Food, Healthy Lives; Empowering Health Care Consumers; or Veterans’ Health.

All projects supported through this Request for Proposals (RFP) 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.

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.


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 Due Date: October 7, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
Full Proposal Invitation/Inquiry Declination Notification: Mid-November 2021
Full Proposal Due Date (invited applicants only): December 8, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
Award/Declination Notification: Mid-March 2022

Funding Cycle Two

Online Inquiry Form Due Date: March 2, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
Full Proposal Invitation/Inquiry Declination Notification: Mid-April 2022
Full Proposal Due Date (invited applicants only): May 5, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
Award/Declination Notification: Late September 2022

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Helpful Information


Programmatic questions should be directed to specialprojectsfund@nyshealth.org.

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