Organizational Grants

We have updated our application process, please read carefully!

Given the spectrum of issues that influence health, the Foundation, as an organization specifically supporting physicians and their families, focuses its efforts on grants that directly promote health in the community. Eligible programs must be either:

  • Nonprofit organizations that provide direct care services or target public health issues which impact the health care system and the health of the community
  • Physician-led volunteer initiatives that provide free care to uninsured/underinsured patients and increase access to care for the medically underserved

The Foundation seeks to develop meaningful partnerships for health improvement with the community-based organizations that receive our support. We have long term relationships with many of our grantees which allows us to offer additional resources and to collaborate in program development, implementation, or volunteer recruitment. All grantees are eligible for this support and we look forward to growing our partnerships with each new grant cycle. 

Funding Priorities

Preference will be given to interdisciplinary programs as well as to programs with strong physician involvement.

Programs applying for grants must address one or more of the following goals:

  • Affect the health and well-being of the community through community-based prevention, screening, early detection, health promotion, and/or increased access to medical care.
  • Promote healthy decision-making around behaviors and lifestyle choices by raising awareness, providing education, improving communication, and/or connecting community members with culturally appropriate programs and services.
  • Support physician-led volunteer initiatives to provide free care to uninsured/underinsured patients and/or increase access to care for the medically underserved.
  • Enable underserved, at-risk populations, to engage in activities that promote health and identify risky behaviors which contribute to diminished health.

Our current policy guidelines preclude support for:

  • Capital Campaigns, endowments, building campaigns
  • For-Profit Organizations
  • Fundraising Drives and Fundraising Events
  • Individuals (unless applying for International Health Studies Grant or scholarships through a directed giving program)
  • Private or Parochial Schools, Colleges, or Universities
  • Government agencies (except in collaboration with community-based, non-profit organizations which will lead the program and act as fiscal agent)
  • Organizations that advocate, support, or practice discrimination based on race, religion, age, national origin, language, sex, sexual preference, or physical handicap
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Research
  • Political or Lobbying Activity

The Foundation’s grants process is competitive.  While many proposals are worthy and meet funding guidelines, not all requests can be funded.


The Foundation uses a two stage application process, meaning that we only accept full proposals from applicants whose Letters of Intent have been approved by the Board of Directors.  The Board will assess all Letters of Intent and Full Proposals based on measurable goals and outcomes presented in the organization’s Logic Model (For more information, consult the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide).

Again, the Foundation only considers those requests directly related to our mission and our funding priorities.

All stages of our application are administered through our online grant portal. To apply:

  1. Organizations must make a unique log on to our online grant management system (for more information about how to use and optimize that system, click here).

  2. Applicants must submit their Letters of Intent (LOIs) by January 15th.
    Our LOI asks for basic information about your organization, the population you serve, and the project you plan to complete with our funding. It also includes the first draft of your Logic Model which documents the activities, inputs, outputs, outcomes, and measures that the project will require and utilize in order to reach their goals.

  3. Complete proposals are due March 1st. Organizations selected by the Board to move forward to stage two will be invited to reenter the site and submit their full proposals. Our proposal requires an in depth break down of your project as well as the final draft of your Logic Model and multiple supplemental budgeting and accounting materials.

  4. Decisions will be posted by April 15th. If approved you will need to reenter the online portal to accept your grant. You will also need to submit an interim report 6 months into your grant period and a final report at the end of your grant period, summarizing the program’s efficacy and sharing photos and stories of your experience.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Proposals for new programs/projects are preferred over repeat requests.  However, new and innovative projects from the same organization will be considered.  Repeat applications for funding should specifically document how the new project differs, if it does, from past requests. 

Multi-year grants will be considered for start-up programs and may be appropriate when a project needs a few years to get fully established. Generally, multi-year grants are set up with declining amounts each year as other funds replace initial grant funds. Yearly reporting and application is required. It is crucial to demonstrate and outline a plan to sustain such a project. 

For more information: contact the Foundation

Jennifer Day
MMS and Alliance Charitable Foundation
860 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 434-7044

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