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Matt Kuhlenbeck
Program Director, Responsive Portfolio

Program Officers by region:
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Central Region:

Terry Plain

Northeast Region:

Thomas Adams

St. Louis Metro Region:
Maranda Witherspoon

Southeast Region:

Jean Freeman-Crawford

Southwest Region:

Michael Renner

Special Projects

The Special Projects Cycle 2 Request for Concept Papers (RCP) is now open.

Click here to download the RCP.

Register to join the April 24 Cycle 2 pre-application webinar at this link.

The Special Projects Program is part of MFH’s Responsive Portfolio which was established to support health improvement efforts in communities in the MFH region. The Special Projects Program supports efforts to address identified health needs within the Foundation’s region. Under this program, MFH seeks the best approaches to community defined health needs, with the expectation of a measurable change on those needs.

Proposed projects that overlap with MFH-supported work in the four Targeted Initiatives (Childhood Obesity Prevention, Improving Oral Health, Reducing Infant Mortality and Expanding Health Insurance Coverage) will not be accepted under the Special Projects Program.

Successful applicants to this program are able to clearly define the following as it relates to their potential project: 

  1. Describe the health need the project will solve or address.
  2. Provide the data to support the health need being addressed. (State-based and local health statistics, client-based information, and/or community need assessment).
  3. Briefly describe key stakeholders outside of your organization needed to make the project successful (if applicable).  
  4. Provide a brief synopsis of the proposed project and the intended target population.
  5. Describe the measurable change that will occur as a result of the project.
  6. Provide the total cost of the proposed project and briefly describe the major expenses (salaries, equipment, travel, etc.).
  7. State your organization’s mission and describe how the proposed project aligns with the mission.

How to Apply: Special Projects applications are solicited through a two-step competitive application process. The first step is submission of a Concept Paper to MFH. MFH will offer two application cycles in 2014 to submit Concept Papers.


Special Projects Concept Papers Open and Close Dates

Invitation to Submit Full Proposal

Notification of Award

 Project Start Date
 Cycle 1

Jan. 15, 2014 -
Feb. 13, 2014

Sent Week of Mar. 17, 2014

Submission Deadline: Apr. 21, 2014

Week of
Jul. 21, 2014

 Aug. 2014
 Cycle 2

Apr. 17, 2014 -
May 19, 2014

Sent Week of June 23, 2014

Submission Deadline: July 28, 2014

Week of
Nov. 24, 2014

Dec. 2014 

MFH will only accept Special Project Concept papers during these open cycles. Project ideas submitted to MFH outside of these cycles will not be reviewed.