General Support for Advocacy

These unrestricted funds are not earmarked for a specific project or activity, but are intended to provide financial flexibility for organizations to address existing and emerging health advocacy issues affecting our target populations.

General Support for Advocacy

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Open Date: May 16, 2016
Close Date: June 23, 2016, midnight (CT)
Anticipated Award Date: November 1, 2016


MFH recognizes the significance of advocacy efforts in creating system-level change that will improve the health of the uninsured, underinsured, and underserved in Missouri. MFH aims to strengthen health advocacy in the state by providing GSA grants to eligible nonprofit organizations engaged in health advocacy work.

MFH provides GSA grants as described in IRS Regulation 26CFR § 53.4945-2(a)(6)(i) to tax-exempt nonprofits involved in health-related public policy advocacy work on behalf of Missouri residents. These unrestricted funds are intended to provide financial flexibility for 501(c)(3) organizations to address emerging health policy issues in a timely way and are not earmarked for a specific project or activity.

What is General Support for Advocacy?

GSA is a funding program that provides unrestricted grant funding to organizations engaged in advocacy to affect positive health system changes on behalf of the MFH target population (the uninsured, underinsured, and underserved). It is a two-year flexible grant intended to allow organizations to respond to emerging health policy issues.

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is a process by which an individual or group aims to influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems as well as institutions. Advocacy may include activities that a person or organization undertakes at the institutional, local, state, or federal level. Activities may also include media campaigns, public speaking, judicial action, direct and grassroots lobbying, educational briefings, testifying at hearings, commissioning and publishing research, and conducting polls. For the purpose of GSA, advocacy does not typically include individual patient advocacy or direct services. For more information click here.

Is My Organization a Fit for GSA Funding?

GSA funding is meant to support organizations working on policy change related to MFH health priority areas (i.e.,infant mortality, childhood obesity, expanding health coverage, oral health, and health equity) that benefit both our target population and our service area. Our service area includes 84 counties and the city of St. Louis.

GSA grantees typically have a successful record of policy change and a deep understanding of advocacy tactics and the policymaking system they are attempting to influence. GSA is not meant to support individual patient advocacy or programmatic endeavors.

Click here for a full list of Frequently Asked Questions.
If your question hasn’t been answered there, please contact Health Policy Officer Sarah Morrow.

Advocacy Trainings

MFH works to build the capacity of Missouri nonprofits to provide a voice for the uninsured, underinsured, and underserved in the policymaking process. Learn more about training opportunities here.

GSA Contacts

Sarah Morrow

Program Officer – Community Liaison

(314) 345-5536