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Any organization meeting the basic requirements can apply for a Responsive Grant from WHF. For the best results, follow the steps outlined on this page.

Questions to answer before applying.

The Letter of Intent (LOI)

Please note: To access saved work on a Letter of Intent or review past grant applications, log in here.

The process of applying for a Responsive Grant begins with the submission of WHF’s online Letter of Intent. For more information about the Foundation’s timelines, please see the current Grant Cycle Calendar.

An agency may submit no more than two Letters of Intent per cycle, and no agency may receive more than two Responsive Grants in any calendar year.

A LOI should identify the need, target population, and strategy for addressing the need. Additionally, the applicant should outline a program budget, document any other sources of funding, and illustrate any collaboration with other agencies. For ongoing programs, the LOI should also include evidence that WHF funding would not supplant existing funding for the agency or program.

When submitting a Letter of Intent, please attach the WHF Program Budget Packet. If the WHF Program Budget Packet is not submitted with the application, or different budget forms are used, the LOI will not be reviewed. 

    Need Help With An Application? The Foundation’s program officers are not able to review LOI’s prior to submission, but they are available to answer general questions about the Foundation’s interests or its application process.

    If you are returning to access a saved Letter of Intent, Grant Application, or Progress Report, please visit the Grantee Portal below:

    LOI Review and Potential Full Application Invitation

    After the LOI submission deadline has passed, WHF program officers will review all of the submitted LOIs. After this review, the Foundation will contact applicants via email to inform them of their status.

    For those organizations that are invited to submit a Full Grant Application, additional information will be sent by email. An invitation to submit a Full Grant Application does not mean the submission will result in funding.

    Responsive Grant Policies

    WHF’s Board of Trustees restructured several important elements of WHF’s Responsive Grants program.

    These changes are designed to provide the Foundation with flexibility to address evolving health care priorities and to better serve the long-term needs of the community. Achieving these goals will enable WHF to support innovation and sustained excellence, while encouraging continuous improvement.

    Applications and supporting documents are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the dates indicated.


    Letter of Intent (LOI) Application for Responsive Grants Opens

    Grant Cycle 1
    February 12

    Grant Cycle 2
    July 26


    LOI for Responsive Grants Due

    Grant Cycle 1
    March 15

    Grant Cycle 2
    September 6

    Grant Invitations Sent to Applicants

    Grant Cycle 1
    March 22

    Grant Cycle 2
    September 13


    Full Grant Applications Due

    Grant Cycle 1
    April 19

    Grant Cycle 2
    October 11


    Grant Decisions

    Grant Cycle 1
    Early June

    Grant Cycle 2