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Grants to improve primary care are available
By Chris Barnett / April 2, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...

Nonprofit organizations have until April 30 to apply for $2 million in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation through its Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island.

“Quality, affordable primary care is one of our priorities. Our goal is to test models that have the potential to be widely adopted. By encouraging new, creative thinking around delivery and administration, we will ensure Rhode Islanders will continue to have access to the health care they need,” said Yvette Mendez, who oversees grantmaking in the health sector at the Foundation.

This latest funding round targets the following priorities:

  • Testing of payment models that integrate and align incentives to address public health, social services and behavior health.

  • Testing of safety-net provider participation in payment reform.

  • Encouraging collaboration and the sharing of claims data and health care information.

  • Developing payment systems towards a value-based model.

  • Reducing administrative overhead and using best practices to improve clinical outcomes.

Grants are expected to range from $50,000 to $250,000 per year for up to three years. Applicants must have expertise in health care payment and delivery system reform or be knowledgeable about the issues facing safety-net providers, as well as have demonstrated organizational capacity including financial infrastructure and staff.

Applications will be scored on several factors including the ability to foster partnerships among public and private payers, health care providers and practitioners that are working on payment and delivery reform initiatives; the creativity and logic behind the proposal, experience managing multiple projects and priorities simultaneously and commitment to developing evaluation and data capacity.

The Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island was established at the Foundation as part of a settlement between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island and the U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island. Since 2009, the Fund has awarded $3.4 million in grants and $1.2 million in education loan repayments for primary care physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. 

In addition to health, the Foundation targets six other sectors including arts and culture, children and families, education, economic security, environment, health and housing. Through its grant programs, the Foundation invests in organizations and programs that strive for long-term solutions to significant community issues.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island.  In 2014, the Foundation awarded $34.8 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.
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