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Medical Home Leadership Network teams and others working to improve services for children and youth with special needs often apply for grants from public and private funders to help fund their activities.

Grant Opportunities and Grant Writing Resources will link you to resources that can demystify and simplify the process from start to finish — from identifying potential funders to designing an effective program to writing a strong grant application.

Medical Home Leadership Network teams are invited to contact Kate Orville, MHPP Co-Director, to explore ideas for additional sources of funding for team-related activities.

Note: Most funders require statistical data that demonstrates the need for a particular service. For links to good sources of Washington state and county-specific data, please see Data Links.

What Grant Opportunities Are There?

  • Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Grants
    This grant program from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports pediatricians in planning or implementing a community-based child health initiative. Grants of up to $10,000 each are awarded each year on a competitive basis to pediatricians who want to 1) assess and document the needs of children in the community, develop collaborative partnerships for planning the initiative, and successfully prepare for implementation of a program (planning grant) or 2) implement a program (implementation grant). Strong community collaboration is critical to being funded.TIP: Remember, planning your application months in advance is the best way to create the partnerships and well-thought-out plan you will need for a strong application. Don’t wait until the last minute!  The AAP suggests that applicants consult with their state CATCH Coordinator about their grant proposal.  If the pediatrician applicant contacts Dr. Diane Liebe ( or Dr. Traci McDermott (, Washington State CATCH coordinators, early enough (ideally a month or more before the application is due, but at least a few weeks before, please), they can give input to help strengthen your application.
  • Other Community Funding Opportunities Identified by the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Website
    Comprehensive web site with information about finding and applying for all federal grants.
  • Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Grant Writing Resources

  • Philanthropy Northwest
  • This website has a section designed for organizations looking for grants. Includes tips on grantwriting and a form that can be used as a boilerplate for proposals, as well as information on finding resources and technical assistance for grantseekers.
  • Health Education Resource Exchange (H.E.R.E)
    Useful program planning, community organizing and grant writing resources identified by the Washington State Dept. of Health.
  • The Grantsmanship Center
    Offers excellent seminars and written publications on how to develop programs, write grant proposals, research funding sources and more.

    • TIP: The Center’s outstanding guide to Program Planning & Proposal Writing (Expanded Version) takes you through each stage of the process and includes specific examples of what can make or break a grant proposal. 48 pages, $4.
  • The Foundation Center
    The center collects, organizes, and communicates information on U.S. philanthropy; conducts and facilitates research on trends in the field; provides education and training on the grantseeking process; and provides print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers, and a national network of cooperating collections.  Foundation Center Request For Proposal Bulletin
  • Find sites in Washington State sites affiliated with the Foundation Center that house grant writing and funding resources. Includes Kennewick, Redmond, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma and Wenatchee.
  •  A Pediatrician’s Guide to Proposal Writing
    This a tool developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics to help pediatricians develop grant proposals for community-based child health programs. The guide contains information on the following: types of grant makers, proposal writing and the solicitation process, components of a proposal, common proposal writing mistakes, examples of proposals and budgets, and selected resources on fundraising and proposal writing.
  • Grantmakers in Health
  • Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Guide Star
    National database of non-profit organizations