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Our Work Social Service Nonprofit Capacity Building

Empowering nonprofits to provide or expand their health services

We help nonprofit organizations reduce their reliance on fundraising through forming new partnerships and developing stable revenue streams for certain health-related services. To do this, we provide small grants and technical assistance focused on business planning, partnerships with medical and behavioral health service providers, and reimbursement by Medicaid and other insurance.

Nonprofit organizations in communities throughout the state provide many services that directly or indirectly benefit Montanans’ health and well-being. Many of these organizations subsist year to year on donations and short-term grants. Uncertain and limited funding is a constant challenge, and it can adversely affect the stability of their services and their ability to meet community needs.

Through our work with nonprofits, we learned that some have licensed staff providing services that could be billed to insurance, or are seeking grant funding to create such services. Moreover, in some cases, the services planned might be possible to provide on-site through a partnership with a medical or behavioral health provider that already offers them elsewhere in the community.

In this initiative, we provide small grants and technical assistance to help social service-oriented nonprofits develop new services or partnerships and cultivate third party revenue from billing health insurance as a means of sustaining the service over the long term.

See examples of the projects we have funded through this initiative.

Funding Opportunity

About the Opportunity

In this initiative, we provide nonprofit organizations with small grants for technical assistance to develop new partnerships or implement a new service that will be sustained by insurance revenue. We also provide limited resources for needs assessment and strategic planning.

Selection Criteria

Organizations that receive our support must:

  • Demonstrate organizational leadership commitment to the project.
  • Assess the potential to meet the identified service needs through partnerships with other community-based organizations and pursue such partnerships if the potential exists.
  • Develop a new service partnership and/or begin implementing the desired service within or shortly following the end of the grant term.


Need assistance?

Email Lisa James
Program Officer