Consumer Advocacy for Transformation

2017 Call for Proposals

    Release Date: April 7, 2017 | Application Deadline: May 05, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET


The Consumer Advocacy for Transformation program will fund state-based or local consumer health advocacy projects that aim to develop and insert an organized, influential and permanent consumer voice in state and local health system changes. These health system changes should increase health care value by preserving efforts to increase access to care, improving health outcomes, and lowering costs, especially for populations with disproportionately poor health outcomes. Each of the selected projects should focus on building the capacity of consumer advocates to participate in public and/or private policy or health system change and ensure an ongoing infrastructure for consumer advocacy.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The applicant organization must meet certain eligibility criteria. The successful applicant organization must:

  • Be based in the United States or its territories;
  • Be a statewide or regional (state, region, county-level, multi-city) consumer advocacy organization with a documented track record of successful advocacy in health policy;
  • Have a history of engaging and collaborating with other consumer groups and key health care stakeholders, such as delivery system leaders, business groups, government officials, labor, payers and providers;
  • Have a state-level or local (state region, county-level, or multi-city) policy or system change agenda;
  • Be either a public entity or nonprofit organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is not a private foundation or nonfunctionally integrated Type III supporting organization. The Foundation may require additional documentation.
  • Have sufficient unrestricted funds to engage in any lobbying related to the project’s policy goals;
  • Have a demonstrated history of managing funds to support non-lobbying advocacy efforts;
  • Have strong relationships with legal counsel with expertise in the lobbying and political activity restrictions that apply to public charities and private foundations; and
  • Have a 2017 operating budget at least equal to the level of annual funding requested.

Key Dates

April 14, 2017 (1 p.m. ET)
Optional applicant web conference call. Please visit this link to view the slides from the web conference.

May 5, 2017 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of brief proposals.

May 26, 2017
Applicants notified if they have been invited to submit a full proposal.

June 2, 2017 (12 p.m. ET)
Optional applicant web conference call for applicants invited to submit a full proposal. Registration is required. Applicants will receive an email with complete details and registration information.

June 23, 2017 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full proposals.

July 28, 2017
Notification of finalists.

September 15, 2017
Grants Start.

Total Awards

  • Total awards up to $275,000 per project
  • Up to eight projects will receive awards
  • Two-year grants

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
May 05, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET