Letter of Inquiry Guidelines

Building Capacity for Health Advocacy

Not accepting new applications in 2020.

Please refer to the call for letters of inquiry for a detailed overview of this new grant program, including a preliminary list of technical assistance and capacity-building priorities. Please submit any questions you have about the grant opportunity, process, and instructions via email to [email protected].


  • The LOI should be no longer than 4 pages with a minimum 12-point font.
  • The LOI should be submitted in PDF format.
  • The LOI should be submitted by email to [email protected]

In the LOI, please include:

  • Overview of the applicant hub organization, leadership, and mission;
  • Summary of the number and nature of non-profit groups that would participate in the capacity-building work;
  • Summary of goals for using this funding to build capacity and infrastructure to promote social justice through better health and better health care in your state over time;
  • Summary of the specific strategies and tactics that will be used to achieve these goals, demonstrating an understanding of the components needed to affect health priorities and policies in your state or region;
  • Clearly define the results you believe you can achieve as a result of these capacity-building activities. How will this work impact people’s lives? Note: We are especially interested in how this grant program will improve your ability to advocate for social justice through better health and health care in the long term, rather than short-term policy outcomes.

Suggestions for developing the LOI:

  • We encourage applicants to complete the free Advocacy Capacity Tool (ACT!) developed by the Bolder Advocacy program at Alliance for Justice. This tool is designed to help organizations and coalitions gain a clearer understanding of their current assets and opportunities for strategic growth. Using this tool can bolster your application by helping you articulate how you plan to strengthen your organization’s capacity through participation in the grant program. Please note that your ACT! tool responses are confidential and the Rx Foundation does not have access to your answers. If you have any questions about the ACT!, please contact [email protected].

Standards for Selection

Letters of inquiry will be evaluated according to the applicant’s ability to demonstrate:

  • The proposed work will lead to meaningful advocacy for improving health and health care throughout the state or region.
  • A clearly defined vision and achievable goals for building capacity and/or infrastructure for organizations working toward social justice through better health and better health care, and a feasible path for meeting those goals.
  • That the capacity building investments will help organizations in the state to sustain on-the-ground advocacy and citizen-engagement to improve health and health care over time.


Letters of inquiry will be accepted on a rolling basis from February 1st, 2019 through August 1st, 2019. The Rx Foundation will invite a full proposal from applicants with a high-scoring letter of inquiry.

Grant awards will be made at several times throughout the year.

Eligibility criteria

This program is open to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organizations, foundations, or other non-profit entities with a suitable fiscal sponsor. Organizations that function as hubs or coalition leaders to build advocacy capacity and infrastructure among a network of organizations statewide are encouraged to apply. The program welcomes applications from community-based and grassroots organizations; direct service organizations building advocacy and grassroots organizing capacity; and issue-based organizations creating community organizing capacity that targets health and health care issues. It is not required that applicants be wholly dedicated to health and health care, though it is expected that funded work will focus on this issue area.

Eligible grantees should have a strong working knowledge of the rules under Section 4945 of the Internal Revenue Code that prohibit private foundations from funding attempts to influence legislation, attempts to influence the outcome of any public election, or voter registration drives. Grant funds may not be used to fund any such lobbying or political activity.