Apply for a Health Care Grant

Apply for a Health Care Grant

The Duke Endowment has redesigned the grant application process to be more streamlined and intuitive. We believe this new process will strengthen our work together in the future.

The new application consists of seven questions.  Once your online application is completed, an automated response will confirm that it was received. Health Care staff will contact you should any questions arise during our review. If you wish, preview the application questions before starting online.   

Application Deadline

June 15 and December 15

New Applicants Apply Here

Existing or Past Grantees Apply Here

Are you a current grantee returning to edit an existing application or submit a grant report? Log in with your current username and password.

Edit Application/Access Reports

Eligibility for Health Care Grants

In his Indenture of Trust, our founder restricted Health Care funding to specific organizations.  Only the following may apply for a grant:

  • Not-for-profit hospitals
  • Academic health centers
  • Area health education centers
  • Select organizations in counties without an eligible hospital
  • Not-for-profit inpatient long-term care facilities

Areas of Work and Funding Priorities

In Health Care, we focus our work in three main areas:

Quality and Safety of Care 

In today’s health care environment, improving quality and safety of care must focus on innovative ways of delivery that are high quality and affordable.  Grant requests should aim to improve outcomes for patients and reduce costs. 

Examples of our work focused on Quality and Safety of Care, include:

Search our current Quality and Safety of Care grantees.

Access to Care

Improving access to health care services improved quality of life and health status for all individuals.  Funding community-based networks of care that improve access to primary and specialty care for the low-income, uninsured to have access to coordinated care is a priority. In addition, we will consider requests focused on: 

  • Expanding the primary care workforce in under-represented or rural, disadvantaged communities
  • Developing new models of workforce training

Examples of our work focused on Access to Care, include:

Search our current Access to Care grantees.


Grant requests that seek opportunities to deploy strategies aimed at preventing chronic disease and improving the health of communities will be considered.  Collaborative efforts between health care and public health systems that measurably improve the health of defined populations are encouraged. 

Examples of our work focused on Access to Care, include:

Search our current current Prevention grantees.

Related Resources

Areas of Work

  • Prevention and early intervention for at-risk children

    To equip children and families with skills to ensure that children reach developmental milestones to lead successful lives.

  • Out-of-home care for youth

    To drive child welfare systems toward greater accountability for child well-being.

  • Quality and safety of health care

    Improving the quality and safety of health care delivery

  • Access to health care

    Improving health by increasing access to comprehensive care

  • Prevention

    Expanding programs to promote health and prevent disease

  • Academic excellence

    Enhancing academic excellence through program and campus development

  • Educational access and success

    Increasing educational access and supporting a learning environment that promotes achievement

  • Campus and community engagement

    Promoting a culture of service, collaboration and engagement among schools and communities

  • Rural church development

    Building the infrastructure and capacity of United Methodist churches to enhance ministry and mission

  • Clergy leadership

    Strengthening United Methodist churches by improving the quality and effectiveness of church leadership

  • Congregational outreach

    Engaging United Methodist congregations in programs that serve their communities