Designed by our community partners, the Innovation Lab grant program is a unique approach to grantmaking that funds innovative, system-changing project ideas that will create a more financially resilient and just social safety net in Montgomery County, PA.
For more background, read about our approach to systems change.
Projects funded through the Innovation Lab
The Innovation Lab offers two distinct types of project grants:
(1) Design Grants, which support grantees and their partners to fully research and design a systems change idea, and
(2) System Impact Grants, which support grantees and their partners in the implementation of the systems change work.
Design grants are short term (suggested 4-8 months) and are funded up to $30,000. The purpose of these grants is to develop a long-term change strategy and partnership plan that will address a problem in the Montgomery County safety net system.
Design grants are meant to give organizations the time and resources to fully outline a systems change initiative, build trust with their partners, and determine whether the project could be expanded into a System Impact Grant.
While HealthSpark updates its RFP each cycle in order to respond to grantee feedback, you can view our latest RFP below for additional information and guidance on Design Grants.
System Impact Grants
System Impact Grants are long term (anticipated timeframe of 2-3 years) and will initially be funded up to $100,000 for the first year, with a declining sum in subsequent years.
The purpose is to implement a detailed system change strategy that will address a problem or systems failure in the Montgomery County safety net system. The projects must have the goal of addressing one or more of the following key outcomes of systems change:
- policies and practices;
- peer networks and support;
- public perception and awareness;
- programmatic/service access and alignment;
- quality and cost-effective outcomes.
System Impact Grants are by invitation only during the advertised application period.
While HealthSpark updates its RFP each cycle in order to respond to grantee feedback, you can view our latest RFP below for additional information and guidance on System Impact Grants.
Projects must serve Montgomery County residents. Applicants must have a 501(c)(3), have a fiscal intermediary, be a religious organization, or part of Montgomery County government. Applicants must apply with at least one partner organization.
HealthSpark only accepts applications for the Innovation Lab grant program during its advertised application period. We anticipate offering two rounds of Design Grants per year, and one round of System Impact grants per year. The application period is currently closed.
Note: Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, HealthSpark has postponed its planned Spring 2020 Innovation Lab grant cycle. Instead, we are redirecting our grant funds to pandemic-related relief efforts via the local MontCoPA COVID-19 Response Fund. Organizations wishing to apply for grant funds related to COVID-19 response should apply via the link above (www.mcfoundationinc.org). We hope to open our Innovation Lab grant program again in Summer 2020.
For more information on upcoming grant cycles, please contact Emma.