Former Approach to Grantmaking

The Health Foundation has funded prevention through its strategies in Childhood Healthy Weight and Lead Poisoning prevention, along with funding other community-based interventions through the Opportunity Grant process.

Former Areas of Focus

Community Health Grants

A Community Health Grant is a 1-year grant of $1,000 to $35,000 that can support a wide range of short-term, health-benefiting activities from equipment and renovations, to pilot projects, and more. The program design allows us to quickly respond to needs raised by the community while allowing us to reach and partner with a variety of nonprofits.

Greater Rochester Health Foundation recognizes that there are many smaller non-profit organizations with annual budgets of $5 million or less that have few options for funding their good works. Community Health Grants have addressed this gap by supporting these organizations’ innovative ideas and approaches to solving challenges identified by those most affected.

Community Health Grants have a rapid award process. Applicants will be notified of a decision within six weeks of the application deadline and funding is provided soon after a grant agreement is finalized. Your organization will have a full year to complete your project or activity.


Community Health Grants are awarded in *two cycles* per year. Organizations can apply more than once a year but only one grant will be awarded to an organization per year; organizations will not be funded two consecutive years.

Childhood Healthy Weight

The Health Foundation began a community-wide childhood healthy weight initiative in 2007 to increase the prevalence of children at a healthy weight. In 2012, while the goal remained the same, a revised strategy was approved by the Health Foundation’s board of directors, which included significant refinement of the initial approach. The geographic scope was then narrowed to the city of Rochester as opposed to Monroe County, and the targeted age range was modified to 4- to 10-year-olds (originally 2- to 10-year-olds).


The strategy included four tactics:

  1. Increase physical activity and improve nutrition in school, home, and community
  2. Advance policy and practice solutions
  3. Execute a community communications campaign
  4. Engage the clinical community

Lead Poisoning Prevention

Starting in 2008, Greater Rochester Health Foundation supported lead poisoning prevention efforts in Monroe County, investing more than $2.9 million toward reducing the threats of lead paint to children in the city of Rochester.

Healthcare Delivery

Greater Rochester Health Foundation recognizes that in order to improve the community’s health, along with social determinants and personal responsibility, maintaining or achieving good health status requires an effective health care delivery system. Therefore, we support efforts that increase present and future affordability, accessibility and clinical quality of Greater Rochester’s high-quality health care system. Within this initiative, a variety of health care organizations have received funding, including health centers, hospitals, medical practices, and health-related organizations.

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