Frequently Asked Questions

What is the significance of the name “Rx Foundation”?

The Rx Foundation was founded on the idea of “a prescription for better health care”.

In your mission statement, what do you mean by engaging “diverse partners”?

Rx Foundation grant partners are diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, age, and gender, as well as in geography, urban/rural locations, sector, and roles in and outside of healthcare.

What do you fund?

The Rx Foundation makes grants to support initiatives, capacity building, and innovation related to our mission. Please refer to our Grants Database and our Grant Programs for more detailed information.

What do you not fund?

The Foundation does not make grants to or for:

  • Individuals;
  • For-profit entities;
  • Biomedical or pharmaceutical research projects;
  • Direct medical or program-based services;
  • Endowments, capital projects, or event sponsorships;
  • Research without implementation (white papers);
  • Voter registration drives;
  • Lobbying or partisan efforts to influence the outcomes of legislation or elections.

What is the average size of your grants?

Most grants are between $25,000 – $150,000, depending on the grant program, scope of the project, organizational budget, and other key factors.

What is the average duration of your grants?

Most grants are for one to three years.

Do you accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or proposals, or issue requests for proposals?

The Foundation does not consider unsolicited letters of inquiry or proposals, and rarely issues requests for proposals. You can, however, write a brief email describing your initiative to [email protected], including information about the people, activities, and partners involved in your work. If your initiative falls within the Rx Foundation’s current strategic priorities, we will contact you regarding next steps. Please note that we may not be able to respond to every inquiry on account of the sheer volume of unsolicited requests.

What are your eligibility criteria?

The Foundation makes grants to 501(c)(3), US-based, nonprofit organizations that align with our mission. Please refer to our Grant Programs for more information.

Does the Foundation make grants to fiscally-sponsored organizations?

Yes, we make grants to fiscally-sponsored organizations. During the grant agreement phase, we will ask for a signed memorandum of understanding between the 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor and grant recipient organization, and make the grant to the fiscal sponsor.

Can I discuss my initiative’s alignment with the Foundation?

You may submit an email to [email protected] as described above. Please note that we may not be able to respond to every inquiry on account of the sheer volume of unsolicited requests.

Who makes the funding decisions for the Foundation?

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees makes all grantmaking decisions.

How often does the Foundation make grant decisions?

The Foundation makes grant decisions on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year.

What is the Foundation’s policy on covering indirect costs?

The Foundation limits its funding of indirect costs to 10% of the total grant budget.

Does the Foundation provide technical assistance funding?

Yes, you can learn more about our Technical Assistance support by visiting our Coaching and Technical Assistance page.

What other support do you provide to grant partners aside from funding?

The Foundation provides technical assistance and coaching support, a robust network and learning community, as well as networking and convening opportunities. You can learn more at Beyond Grantmaking.