The REACH Foundation has identified two impact areas – improved health outcomes, and health equity across economic, geographic, gender and racial and ethnic groups – that provide a focus for our grants, initiatives, and policy and advocacy efforts. These impact areas are part of the foundation’s “theory of change,” our guide for how and where we award grants and make other investments in community health.

In making funding decisions, the foundation considers how a program aligns with our theory of change and its potential to achieve lasting results. We also look for partners who bring fresh ideas and are committed to growth; demonstrate effective leadership and governance; and show a commitment to cultural competency, consumer engagement and a patient-centered approach to care.

In 2013, the foundation made adjustments to its competitive grants process, moving core operating grants from the competitive process to a solicited one. Eighteen oral health, mental health, safety net health care and advocacy organizations, and rural health coalitions were invited to apply for general support funds and become part of a learning community that is working to build the individual and collective capacity of key partners. Program grants were awarded through a competitive process that emphasized key strategies in the REACH theory of change. Discretionary grants provided additional resources to support health information technology, care coordination, grassroots advocacy, cultural competency training and other projects tied to health access and quality of care.

18 organizations received $1,130,000 in core operating grants.

17 organizations received $1,373,261 in program grants.

68 organizations received $857,049 in discretionary grants.