HealthSpark Now Accepting Applications for the Innovation Lab Grant Program

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HealthSpark Foundation is inviting applications to the Innovation Lab Grant Program for their Spring/Summer 2021 round.

The Innovation Lab Grant Program supports collaborative grant projects that will build a better safety net system for residents in Montgomery County. Projects must align with the vision and goals identified in the Blueprint for a Better Safety Net, a community-driven strategic framework that guides the Foundation’s philanthropic priorities.

HealthSpark will award up to 15 Design Grants for planning, proof-of-concept, or small-scale pilot projects, with amounts up to $30,000 each.

Russell Johnson, President and CEO, discusses the opportunities for risk-taking through the Innovation Lab program in a recent blog, “HealthSpark hopes to see applications that are transformational to our system and intentional in seeking new ways to financially strengthen the organizational applicants.”

All the projects will share a commitment to addressing the structural and policy issues that impact the long-term sustainability of the safety net system through a collaborative, partnership-oriented approach.

The Innovation Lab’s priority areas are defined by the Blueprint for a Better Safety Net. The Blueprint is the result of a months-long community-driven process in 2020 to gather lessons learned about the safety net system in Montgomery County and build a common vision for strengthening the system.

The Foundation is interested in supporting local community groups and faith groups that may have opportunities to support unmet resident needs in unique ways. Nonprofit organizations intending to apply are encouraged to engage local faith groups, civic groups, advocacy groups, or other grassroots organizations while developing project ideas.

The Foundation is hosting a Grant Information Session for all interested applicants on March 24. Please click here to register.

The deadline to apply to the Innovation Lab Grant Program is April 27, 2021.

For more information and how to apply, please visit the Innovation Lab Grant Program page.