Hillman Innovations in Care Program FAQ

Where can I find the Request for Proposal (RFP)?
You can find the 2019 RFP here. It is can also be downloaded here.

I was not able to attend the webinar. Is a recording or copy of the presentation available?
A recording of the webinar will be available shortly after the live event. Previous webinars cover much of the same information and can often answer your question(s):


Size & Length of Grants

How are the grants distributed for this program?
This program will award at least two grants of up to $600,000 each, distributed over a 36-month period. Projects are expected to begin January 1, 2019, and end December 31, 2021.

How many grants are awarded for this program?
There are two Hillman Innovation in Care Program grants that will be awarded. This program will continue for at least another 5 years with two grants awarded for each cycle.


Areas of Interest & Types of Grants

What do you mean by nursing-driven health care innovation?
A solution, rooted in nursing’s holistic and integrated approach to care, that addresses a problem in the delivery of care, or an unmet health-care need of a population. Examples of this can be found in our webinar presentations (please see above for links).

What are the priorities for the program?
The foundation seeks proposals that address the health-care needs of the vulnerable populations in the following areas:

  • Maternal and child health
  • Care of the older adult
  • Chronic illness management

For the Maternal and Child Health category, do these two topics need to be addressed together i.e. mother and baby? Is a proposal that focuses solely on Child Health eligible?
The topics Maternal and Child Health do not need to be addressed together for this grant program. We welcome proposals that focus solely on Child Health.

What are "vulnerable populations"?
Vulnerable populations include the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ, the homeless, rural populations and other groups that encounter barriers to accessing healthcare services.

What are "Triple Aim-like Outcomes"?
It is the combined effect of Improving Health, Lowering Costs & Enhancing Patient & Caregiver Experience.

In what sense will research not be considered?
Bench science or bench research will not be considered. However, we will support research – translational or otherwise – that directly contributes to the success of the care innovation.

Apps were mentioned in the webinar. Can you elaborate?
We welcome technology when it is integral to the overall design and innovation of the program.


Who Should Apply & Eligibility

Is my proposal eligible if it addresses vulnerable populations that are not based in the U.S.?
For this program, we are only accepting proposals that address vulnerable populations in the U.S.

Is this open to non-profit institutions and programs outside the New York City area?
Yes, we welcome applications from institutions and programs within the U.S.

Who is eligible for this grant program? 
The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation welcomes applications from institutions and care settings from across the spectrum of care, and from practitioners representing a diverse range of backgrounds. For this program, we are only accepting proposals from U.S.-based organizations and programs.

We believe that transformative ideas are as likely to come from community health clinics as they are from major academic research centers.

The criteria for the eligibility are as follows:

  • U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are not classified as private foundations. (The Foundation will consider only organizations that can provide proof of qualifying non-profit status, including a tax-exempt determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service)
  • International organizations that are the equivalent of U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations that are submitting a project that focuses within the United States
  • Government entities
  • Faith-based organizations that welcome and serve all members of the community regardless of religious belief

Who is not eligible for this grant program?

  • Individuals
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status

Our organization is considerd a U.S. 501 (c)(6). Are we eligible for this grant?
The Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation is a private foundation.  We will only make grants to nonprofit, charitable organizations under (c)(3) status or similar tax exempt organizations (churches, etc).  As an organization with U.S. 501(c)(6) status, any contributions to your organization are not tax exempt and therefore we could not fund your project.

If however, a member of your organization is considered a 501 (c)(3) or you have a SDHCA Foundation arm, then a grant could go to the project but not to you directly.

Is my program a good fit?
The Hillman Foundation is open to any and all creative, thoughtful approaches to solving healthcare problems as they meet the requirements outlined in the 2019 RFP. Specifically, we seek proposals that address the health-care needs of vulnerable populations in the following areas: Maternal and Child Health, Care of the Older Adult and Chronic Illness Management. 

The Hillman Innovations in Care grants will consider support for two types of proposal:

  • The adaptation of proven, well-established nursing-driven models to new or expanded settings or patient populations.
  • The expansion of emerging nursing-driven models with early evidence suggesting a strong likelihood for achieving Triple Aim-like outcomes on a broad scale.

All proposals must address the potential for:

  • Improving health, lowering costs, and enhancing patient and caregiver experience
  • Scalability
  • Sustainability


Application Process & Brief Proposal

What are the requirements for the brief proposal?
The application consists of three parts: (1) project profile, (2) letter of intent, and (3) supporting materials. Please review the 2019 RFP for complete details and requirements.

Is there a restriction on the number of submissions? Can our organization submit multiple brief proposals?
There is no restriction on the number of submissions. An organization can submit multiple brief proposals if the proposals are vastly different & represent, for instance, a different leadership team. Depending on the size of your organization and scope of the care delivered, we welcome multiple submissions. We discourage sending multiple proposals in the same or similar area of service.

The RFP requests short bios of the project leadership. What kind of bio and of what length?
We are not looking for NIH-type bios or extensive CVs at this stage.  We expect bios between 1/2 and 1 page in length, highlighting the key leaders and their experience related to the project.

Do we need to submit a budget for the brief proposal?
At this stage, a complete budget (including line items or details) is not required.  We would like to see the estimated budget for the project, any large expenditures and the portion being requested from the Rita & Hillman Foundation.

Under "Allowable Costs" in the RFP, it states that the Foundation will provide a maximum of 15% of indirect costs. What if our indirect costs exceed 15%?
The Foundation will only cover 15% maximum in indirect costs. Organizations and instituions are still welcomed to apply if indirect costs are more than 15%.

Who should the brief proposal be addressed to?
The brief proposal can be addressed to the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation Board or Ahrin Mishan.

How should I submit my brief proposal?
All proposals must be submitted online through our online system at www.rahf.org/grants.

What is the deadline for submitting the brief proposal?
The deadline for submitting brief proposals for the 2019 Hillman Innovations in Care Program is 11:59PM PT, Monday, March 4th.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions? 
For additional technical questions regarding the Hillman Innovations in Care Program, please email us at innovationsincare@rahf.org.


Evaluation Process & Criteria

How do you evaluate the proposals?
We evaluate the proposals based on the following criteria:

  • Health Impact
  • Boldness and Creativity 
  • Technical Merit/Execution Plan 
  • Leadership
  • Institutional Support 
  • Scalability
  • Sustainability

Who reviews the proposal? 
The HIC Advisory Committee will review the proposals along with Hillman staff and consultants. The Committee will advise on the merit of proposals, based on the evaluation criteria. The Board of Directors of the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation will make the final decisions, at the Board’s sole discretion.

2019 HIC Application Schedule

RFP Announced

January 29, 2019

Informational Webinar

February 12, 2019

Brief proposals due

March 4, 2019

Applicants invited for full proposal              

April 16, 2019

Full proposals due

June 3, 2019

Awards announced

November 4, 2019