How to Apply for a Small Grant

Innovative Small Grants Program REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Child Health Foundation wishes to receive proposals from interested health workers, investigators, or community organizations for innovative research or innovative service projects directed at improving the health of infants, children, and pregnant women. Proposals may be submitted by individuals (with organizational support). Organizations must be certified, that is, hold registration in the country of origin. And we will ask for a credible reference.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Please do not send letters of intent or proposals until the 2018 guidelines have been updated.  Please check back later.

Areas of priority include:

Development of sustainable biomedical and social technologies; and adaptation and implementation of technologies in local situations that may have widespread applications.  Projects that involve only general medical care of children but without innovative aspects will not be considered. To see a summary of projects Child Health Foundation has funded, see our website.

Background New biomedical and social technologies have led to the development or successful application of products and approaches that can be used globally. These products and innovative approaches have brought dramatic improvements in infant and child health over the past 50 years. For example, research studies led to the development of oral rehydration therapy (ORT) for diarrhea in the 1960’s in Bangladesh and India. This therapy has saved millions of lives in the developing world every year and more recent studies have demonstrated that ORT can be effectively applied in any country in the world, including the U.S. The Child Health Foundation has supported innovative approaches to adapting ORT to the health care and social situations in the U.S. and abroad. Small innovative projects can make a major impact on child health in diverse settings, and show concerned health workers, community organizations and/or government policy-makers that answers to some persistent health problems are available. The projects should be done within one year and should be able to document measurable results. The projects may address child health issues in a developing country or in the United States. Budgets should not exceed US$5,00O. The projects will be reviewed by the Program Committee of the Child Health Foundation. Outside reviewers will be used if necessary. The number of projects approved depends on the amount of funding available. For example, in 2016, we were able to fund only six proposals, although there were many others of high quality.

Proposal Format (Format is for proposal only, not letter of intent) NOTE: The project proposal should not exceed 5 single-spaced, typed pages. Proposals not sent in this 5-page format will not be considered. To save time and money for yourselves and us, please do not include certificates of registration, recommendations, annual reports, or photos until they are requested. Your five pages are enough and can be sent by post or email. Email is preferred and is enough. If you do not hear from us that we have received it, please contact us.

Cover page must include: (1 page)

  • Name and address of organization
  • Name of director and contact person(s), telephone and e-mail addresses
  • One paragraph summarizing the mission of the organization
  • One paragraph stating the purpose of the grant request, and how it relates to the mission of the organization
  • Total dollar amount of the organization’s annual budget
  • Total dollar amount of the proposed project’s budget
  • Total dollar amount being requested from Child Health Foundation for the project
  • Total dollar amount committed from other funding sources for the project
  • Beginning and ending dates of the project (not to exceed one year)


Project narrative: (2-3 pages) All of the following points must be presented and discussed:

  • Background of the project and why it is needed
  • Aims /objectives of the project, what the project will achieve
  • Methods to be used and what procedures will keep it on track
  • Plan of analysis of the data
  • Plan for making results available to appropriate health agencies


Budget: (1 page)

  • Detailed categories and justification of how funds will be used
  • Amount requested must not exceed $5,000
  • Funds may not be used for international travel, computers, secretarial support, or overhead.

Scheduled disbursement of funds to successful proposals:

US$4,000 at start of project; US$1,000 upon receipt of interim report which includes itemized spent funds.

Please send proposals to:

E-Mail: or Child Health Foundation 110 East Ridgely Rd. Timonium, MD 21093

Additional inquiries may be directed to: Tel: +1-410-992-5512


Please include your country’s name on all correspondence.