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

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 at

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

2018 Call for Proposals

Find out about this year’s available grants.