Responsive Grants

Responsive Grants are one way we partner with and support a broad array of communities and organizations as they are best suited to understand their priority needs and to create solutions that improve health. Driven by community voice, Responsive Grants are open, nimble, and responsive to emerging health issues and needs. These grants allow flexibility to test innovative ideas and different approaches to challenges and share what we and our partners are learning from the projects supported.

Click here for a list of current Responsive Grant partners.

Call For Ideas


The 2024 Call for Ideas funding opportunity is now closed.


Key dates for organizations that submitted proposals for funding in April 2024: 


April 30, 2024 – Notifications of decisions and Stage 2 invites

May 1 to May 10, 2024 – Stage 2 site visits

May 31, 2024 – Notifications of decisions

July 2024 – Board of Directors vote on grant awards

August 2024 – Grant awards disbursed 

The Call for Ideas funding opportunity is part of our Responsive Grantmaking. Driven by community voice, Responsive Grants are open, nimble, and responsive to emerging health issues and needs. Through this opportunity, we seek ideas/solutions from a broad array of organizations and populations, focused on health equity, and developed with rather than for communities.


When this grant opportunity is open, non-profit organizations providing services in one of the nine counties we serve (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates Counties) are invited to submit proposals. (Organizations without a non-profit status may submit using a qualified 501(c)(3) organization as a fiscal sponsor).

Through Call for Ideas we seek innovative, partnered work that reimagines systems, programs, and services to rebuild stronger, healthier communities and address inequities affecting marginalized populations. These include, but are not limited to, communities of color/indigenous communities, children and adults impacted by poverty, persons with disabilities, LGBTQIA persons, rural residents, immigrants/refugees and older adults.


We believe that the foundation for successfully addressing inequity is community partnership and co-creation—having the people who are impacted at the table to identify needs and generate solutions. Innovative solutions emerge when community voice comes together with research and provider experience to inform the design, implementation, and continuous improvement of projects and services. One approach to obtaining meaningful client/participant feedback and facilitating co-creation is Human Centered Design.


Human-Centered Design provides a framework for deeply understanding the needs and experiences of people experiencing an issue, developing ideas and testing solutions with and not for them, and applying learning throughout the life cycle of the program or service. It is an approach to problem solving that puts the knowledge and needs of people experiencing a problem at the core.

Learn more and find helpful resources by clicking on the button below.


Our Responsive Grants team is available to answer any questions. Please reach out via email to or contact a member of the team:



Hannah Castelli, Program Officer (585) 258-1703

Rachel Betts, Program Officer (859) 361-2739

Monica Brown, Senior Program Officer (585) 258-1710

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