Apply for
a Grant

Organizations interested in applying for a grant are encouraged to research the Peterson Center on Healthcare for examples of the initiatives and programs the Center supports. Please carefully review Challenges & Opportunities, Strategies for Change and What We are Doing before submitting your initial inquiry. Applicants should also review our Eligibility Requirements listed below for grants.

Organizations wishing to submit unsolicited grant proposals can do so by sending an initial letter of inquiry to Please note that we receive a high volume of requests, and we try to respond to initial inquiries within six to eight weeks of receipt.

If we determine that your inquiry meets our eligibility requirements and falls within our current funding priorities, you will be contacted by our staff and asked to submit a detailed application. Please do not contact the Peterson Center on Healthcare regarding the status of your inquiry during the initial six-to-eight week review period.

Thank you for your interest in our work.

Eligibility Requirements

The Peterson Center on Healthcare does:

  • Consider grant requests with direct relevance to the foundation's top priorities (Please refer to Challenges & Opportunities, Strategies for Change and What We are Doing)
  • Award grants to U.S.-based, 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organizations
  • Prefer to support organizations with annual operating budgets of $1 million+
  • Prefer to partner with organizations that have been in existence 2+ years
  • Seek proposals from organizations that are regional or national in scope and have the ability to implement programming for nationwide impact

The Peterson Center on Healthcare does not participate in activities prohibited for private foundations, including:

  • Fund non-U.S. organizations
  • Give grants to individuals or to political, social or fraternal organizations
  • Support capital campaigns or annual appeals
  • Underwrite chairs, endowments or academic scholarships sponsored by academic or nonprofit institutions
  • Fund political parties or election campaigns
  • Support raffles, telethons, walk-a-thons or auctions
  • Support institutions that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation in policy or practice