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Healthy Communities

The Foundation's Healthy Communities portfolio consists of grants supporting communities in establishing accessible, holistic, integrated, collaborative services that benefit children, adolescents, and young adults affected by intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, mental illness, and/or substance use disorders. Healthy Communities grants generally support collaborative work intended to effect community-wide and/or systems-level change (i.e., efforts to eliminate structural barriers preventing the Foundation's populations of interest from receiving services).

The Healthy Communities portfolio is not intended to support programs promoting physical health for the general population. Any work related to physical health to be considered through this portfolio must have a clear and direct connection to one or more of the populations the Foundation serves and the goals it has identified.

Healthy Communities initiatives take shape when effective leaders mobilize around an issue or set of issues that affect an entire community.  

To succeed, they require:

  • Both a clear plan and the capacity to deliver on that plan
  • A long-term view and strategy for sustaining the work
  • Meaningful buy-in from a range of stakeholders
  • Leadership to leverage available resources
  • Measurable outcomes and a plan for evaluation

For More Information

If you are interested in submitting a healthy communities concept, please see our Healthy Communities Guidelines