Strengthening local and tribal public health.

Our first-ever grant, issued in 2014, provided $1.3 million to strengthen local and tribal health public health through supporting health departments on governance, community health assessments, strategic planning, and program development. The grant supported health departments around Montana; contributed to new partnerships between health departments, hospitals, and other community organizations; and allowed communities to take concrete steps to strengthen the essential services of public health. The MT Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is transitioning this project to a more sustainable format: in 2017 DPHHS relied on core funding and federal block grant dollars to continue this project, with MHCF funds playing a smaller role.

In 2018, our work on strengthening local and tribal public health will focus mainly on leadership planning efforts. To keep informed about our leadership planning work, please email MHCF Program Associate Michele Henson at [email protected]

Funding Opportunities

For county and tribal public health departments interested in applying for support and mini-grants from DPHHS in 2018, please contact Kerry Pride.

Public health agencies and organizations may also apply for MHCF funds under our competitive 2018 Call for Proposals in the Partnerships for Better Health focus area.

Our Work in Public Health

Public Health Grantees


Improving the Health of Montanans through Local and Tribal Public Health

Project Term: 24 months; Ended 2016
Grant Amount: $1,344,740

This project will support county and tribal health department strategic planning and programming through a collaboration with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). As part of its efforts to support health departments around the state, DPHHS undertook a department-wide effort to provide counties with County Health Profiles, which are specific, county-level health data. This data offers an important new tool to help communities in Montana identify health needs and make plans to address them. County Health Profiles are now available to the public via DPHHS’ portal for the county health departments.

2018 Call for Proposals

Find out about this year’s available grants.