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We invest in projects that advance the education of health professionals.

We have two distinct grant programs, awarding Board Grants and President’s Grants with a focus on our five priorities. We award up to 40 grants on a rotating schedule each year. 

We also support educational innovators in medicine and nursing through our Macy Faculty Scholars Program. Learn more.

Board Grants

Board Grants are generally one to three years in duration. Board Grants are selected three times each year at our board meetings.

How to Apply: 

Step One: Letter of Inquiry

Board Grant applications begin with the submission of a Letter of Inquiry. Letters of Inquiry are accepted at any time.

All Letters of Inquiry must include:

  • A one page cover letter on institutional letterhead, signed by the principal investigator(s), which provides a statement of the problem, the project, and its importance to your institution and the field
  • Names and qualifications of those who would carry out the project
  • Brief description of the project goals and design, and how it fits within your organization
  • Estimated project budget

All Letters of Inquiry must be completed and submitted online. You may return to your online application as often as you like prior to submitting it. Once you have submitted your application online it cannot be reopened.

Preview the Letter of Inquiry application for a Board Grant prior to registering for an account.

Letters of Inquiry are evaluated on these key dimensions:

  • Relevance to our priorities
  • Importance and originality
  • Significance and generalizability
  • Sustainability

Within two months of submission, you will receive one of the following: a request for more information, a request to submit a full proposal, or a notice informing you that your project will not be supported.

Step Two: Invited Proposal

If, based on your Letter of Inquiry, our staff decides that your project is a strong candidate for funding and is interested in learning more, you will be invited to submit a full proposal.

All full proposals must include:

  • Names and qualifications of those who would carry out the project
  • Brief description of the project goals and design, and how it fits within your organization
  • Explanation of scalable or replicable aspects of your project
  • Description of expected outcomes, how you will measure outcomes and your plans to disseminate outcomes
  • Principal Investigator(s) CV
  • Line-item budget that includes:
    • Personnel—salary and fringe benefits
    • Other Direct Costs—office operations, communication, travel, meeting expenses, etc.
    • Purchases Services—consultant and/or contract costs.
    • Indirect Costs—administrative expenses related to overall operations. Note: Our approved rate for indirect costs is 10%.
  • Description of other anticipated funding support

All Invited Proposals must be completed and submitted online. You may return to your online application as often as you like prior to submitting it. Once you have submitted your application online it cannot be reopened.

Once the full proposal is submitted, it will be reviewed by our staff. Promising proposals will be submitted for review by our Board of Directors, who will ultimately determine whether the project is funded.

Please note: The process from Letter of Inquiry to Board approval can take up to a year.

If your project is funded, you will be required to submit annual narrative and financial reports and final narrative and financial reports.

If you have any questions about this process, feel free to contact us via email at: applications@macyfoundation.org



President’s Grants

President’s Grants can be given at any time and are evaluated and awarded by our president. President’s Grants usually align with our priority areas. In general, President’s Grants are one year or less in duration and awarded amounts are no more than $35,000.

How to Apply:

Complete An Application

President’s Grant applications are accepted at any time.

All applications must include:

  • Provide a one page cover letter on institutional letterhead signed by the principal investigator(s), which provides a statement of the problem, the project, and its importance to your institution and the field.
  • Contact information for yourself and your organization
  • List of those who would carry out the project
  • Brief description of your organization
  • Description of the project, its purpose and the problems it is intended to address
  • Estimated project budget and time frame

All applications must be completed and submitted online. You may return to your online application as often as you like prior to submitting it. Once you have submitted your application online it cannot be reopened.

Preview the application for a President’s Grant prior to registering for an account.

Applications are evaluated on these key dimensions:

  • Relevance to our priorities
  • Importance and originality
  • Significance and generalizability
  • Sustainability

Within two months of submission, you will receive a request for more information or a decision about your proposal.

If your project is funded, you will be required to submit annual narrative and financial reports and final narrative and financial reports.

If you have any questions about this process, feel free to contact us via email at: applications@macyfoundation.org


What organizations does Macy support?

Grants are made only to tax-exempt institutions or agencies—no grants are made directly to individuals. We do not consider requests for general support, endowments, equipment, construction or renovation projects, capital campaigns or activities conducted outside the United States and its territories.


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