Grantmaking Philosophy


“When a team of community leaders and residents develops a
shared vision and common goals to address a critical health issue and
everyone helps carry out the plan, the entire neighborhood grows
stronger, greater and healthier together.”
— Mark Cook, Chair
Palm Healthcare Foundation

June 2014

Dear Community Partner:

We are pleased to introduce Palm Healthcare Foundation’s newest strategic initiative,  Healthier Together. With an ever-changing healthcare landscape and disparity in the quality of health across communities, the foundation is continually evolving its efforts to respond to our community’s most pressing health needs. As always, we strive to bring people together to find ways for inspired giving and thoughtful funding to generate lasting change.
Today, we launch our community-driven Healthier Together initiative: a multi-year, place-based funding approach to solving the community’s most complex healthcare issues, neighborhood by neighborhood. With the introduction of Healthier Together, we seek to maximize impact by allocating $1 million each to six selected neighborhoods over the next five to seven years for collaborative health-related projects within the foundation’s priority areas: diabetes prevention and management, family caregiving and behavioral health.
The success of Healthier Together will be driven by teams of key community leaders, nonprofit organizations, businesses, civic associations, schools, faith communities, healthcare providers and residents who develop shared visions, common goals and action plans to address these critical health issues. We believe that when everyone works together as a team, our mission of improving the health and well-being of every single member of our community can be realized.
As we launch this initiative, we will shift dollars traditionally allocated to the foundation’s
responsive grantmaking program to these neighborhood projects with the goals of improving the health of each neighborhood’s residents and building capacity within communities to tackle other issues. The foundation will continue to partner with other organizations to strengthen the healthcare system, as well as fund programs county-wide.
We will continue to support, and even grow, our nursing advancement work with a special focus on community-based care that will enhance our Healthier Together work.
The trustees and staff of Palm Healthcare Foundation invite you to read the accompanying pages to learn more about the Healthier Together initiative and how we can make an impact together. You can find more information about Healthier Together at healthiertogetherpbc.orgI am looking forward to working with you to build a healthier community.
Andrea Bradley, J.D., President and CEO
Palm Healthcare Foundation



As the leading public healthcare foundation in Palm Beach County, Palm Healthcare Foundation is committed to improving the overall health and well-being of every resident of Palm Beach County. Since 2001, the foundation has donated nearly $58 million to organizations serving the healthcare needs of our community. In recent years, the foundation’s work has been focused around the critical issues of diabetes prevention and management, nursing advancement, family caregiving and behavioral health, and has made significant advances in those causes.
In 2013, Palm Healthcare Foundation’s trustees evolved the foundation’s grantmaking approach by launching its community-driven Healthier Together initiative. Healthier Together is a long-term, place-based funding approach designed to solve the community’s most complex healthcare issues, neighborhood by neighborhood. In the past year, Palm Healthcare Foundation has been convening leaders and residents in six
neighborhoods, listening carefully to their needs and identifying ways to support the communities with funding and other resources. The six initial neighborhoods (the Glades, Riviera Beach/NW West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach and Jupiter) were selected because of their health outcomes and data, evidence of their readiness to address key health issues and alignment with the foundation’s priorities.
Beginning in July 2014 and continuing for the next five to seven years, Palm Healthcare
Foundation will collaborate with local leaders and residents in these neighborhoods to develop shared visions and common goals. Each community will receive grant funding for capacity building, infrastructure, programming and services as needed. Successes and best practices from these neighborhoods can be shared with additional communities over time. Working handin-hand with community members, the foundation ultimately aims to help change the long term health outcomes of the residents, as well as build sustainability and capacity for the neighborhoods to solve other problems in the future.

As with any long term initiative, an evaluation framework and a commitment to
learning is critical. Palm Healthcare Foundation has engaged an evaluation consultant
to guide the work of data collection, measurement and continuous improvement.
Each community will determine its own specific outcomes with neighborhood
stakeholders leading the initiative and committing to shared, measurable results to
ensure that the work is on the path to success.

Frequently Asked Questions

Palm Healthcare Foundation’s community-driven Healthier Together initiative is a multi-year, place-based funding commitment that strives to improve the quality of life in selected
neighborhoods. Rather than treating symptoms alone, our approach to solving complex
healthcare problems is to target the root causes by collaborating with community leaders and residents to generate change from the inside out. Funding may include grants for capacity building, infrastructure and neighborhood programming all aimed at improving health outcomes and strengthening the community’s ability to create change.
Palm Healthcare Foundation believes that neighborhood work is community-driven,
collaborative, engaging and inclusive. By planting deep roots and working hand-in-hand
with key leaders and neighborhood residents from all parts of a community toward a common goal, everyone in a community can live better, healthier and more enjoyable lives together.
Six initial neighborhoods were selected according to current health statistics and data,
readiness to work together and commitment to solving measurable health outcomes
that fall within Palm Healthcare Foundation’s priorities.
By becoming a part of Healthier Together, selected neighborhoods will have access to:
• Capacity building grants
• Multi-year grants of up to $200,000 per year for five (5) years
• Linkage to other funders
• Connection to other communities in order to share ideas and best practices
• Participation in the foundation’s community-wide campaigns and initiatives
The foundation commits to:
• Stay involved, support the work and be a partner for at least five years
• Promote best practices
• Learn from each neighborhood and change what we do because of those lessons
• Help build sustainability and generate lasting change
• Bring resources, funding and connections to other funders
• Provide funding for infrastructure, staffing, administration and data collection as well
as programming and services
The selected neighborhoods commit to:
• Address a key health issue that aligns with the foundation’s mission and priorities
• Be willing to solve the health issue over the long haul
• Build a reputation for working well together, learning and adapting
• Have strong, credible organizations that will help implement and support the work,
collect the data and report it to the community at large
• Keep working toward mutually agreed upon goals/outcomes
• Improved community health
• Enhanced leadership skills
• Stronger alliances
• More pride in each neighborhood
• Stronger process for community action and challenges
• Better integration of diverse communities toward a common goal
• Reputation as a leader in Palm Beach County



We will still accept applications on a limited basis. Please contact our grant department to apply. Our fund development efforts are aligned with our strategic priorities to support programming and grantmaking initiatives. Our strategic priorities are: Diabetes Prevention and Management, Nursing Advancement, Family Caregiving and Behavioral Health.

If you would like to submit a proposal, please review this section to help you determine whether your project concept is a good match with our goals and priorities. It describes the kinds of projects we do and do not fund and tells you how to apply. 
What We Fund

  • Collaborative Projects
  • Capacity Building Grants
  • Program Support
  • General Operating Support
  • Matching Support
  • Pilot Projects and Seed Money
  • Capital Projects (funding is very limited for capital projects, typically only through donor-advised funds)

What We Do Not Fund

  • Projects that fall outside the mission
  • Projects that fall outside the funding priorities
  • Direct support to individuals
  • Support for lobbying activities 



  • Tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations as defined under Section 501(c)3, Section 115 and Section 170(c) of the U.S. IRS Code.
  • Organizations that are  located in or provide programs or services to Palm Beach County, Florida, residents. 


Grants Schedule
The foundation accepts applications at any time throughout the year.  However, proposals are only reviewed periodically.   Below is the current schedule for proposal review and the corresponding application deadlines:

Application Deadline:                                                   Review Date:                                                            

June 01, 2015                                                                 June 17, 2015

August 31, 2015                                                             September 16, 2015

November 23, 2015                                                       December 9, 2015

Please note:  The application process is a three-step process, requiring a discussion with a PHF program department staff member as the first step.  You may then be asked to  submit of a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) as the second step. LOIs are received and reviewed on an ongoing basis.  If your LOI is approved to move forward in the application process, you will be invited to submit a full proposal.  THE DEADLINES ABOVE APPLY TO RECEIPT OF A FULL PROPOSAL.


Size of Grants
The foundation does not pre-determine funding level. Grants can range from a few hundred to more than $100,000.  Applicants should request the amount that meets the needs of the program at a level that is consistent with the organization's capacity and other anticipated support.

For a list of recent grants made from Palm Healthcare Foundation, please check out our Recent Grants page.

Duration of Grants
Generally, grants are made for one or two years, although they may be longer (given program priorities).  Unless specifically notified differently by the foundation, applicants may apply for continued support of a previously funded project.

Chances for Funding
The foundation receives numerous proposals throughout the year.  Even though a proposal may fit the foundation's Mission and Funding Priorities, it may not be funded due to the volume of applications and limited resources. Although, staff does not send a written critique for declined proposals, they will offer feedback upon request.

The examination of each proposal begins by looking at the alignment of the proposed project to the foundation's Mission, the scope of collaboration, the level of the impact on the community's health and the program's long-term sustainability. The projects that are ultimately funded are those that best address these expectations.

Palm Healthcare Foundation recognizes the considerable time and effort that goes into preparing a grant application and wants to help you avoid unnecessary work. Communication with the program staff is an important part of the grant application and review process.

If you have not already talked with program staff about the project for which you are seeking a Palm Healthcare Foundation grant, you are required to do so prior to accessing an application. Please click here for additional information on the grant process as well as sample grant documents.  If you have questions or need additional information as you work on your grant application, please contact Regine Carisma at or (561) 837-2275 to assist you.