Before You Apply

Missouri Foundation for Health will provide funding in accordance with our governing documents. All awards will be aligned with our mission of improving the health of Missourians and administered to ensure appropriate use of funds and resources. MFH will be an engaged partner in all aspects of the grants and service contracts awarded to support the funded organization and its work in our community, as well as to effectively monitor the funded project for compliance to the award agreement.

Funding Guidelines

Who We Fund

MFH uses two funding mechanisms to implement our strategy and accomplish our mission:

  • Grants, which primarily benefit the grantee by furthering their own exempt purposes and programs. The majority of the target population served must be located within the MFH service area and applicants must be registered to conduct business and in good standing with the state of Missouri. The following types of organizations are eligible to seek grant funding from MFH:
    • Organizations granted tax-exempt status under provisions of Sections 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Service Code
    • State or local government agencies, including educational institutions, and branches of the federal government serving Missouri
  • Contracted services, which primarily benefit MFH’s grantees or strategy directly. Common examples of contracts for services involve hiring consultants to provide technical assistance to grantees or evaluation of a MFH programmatic strategy. Individuals, nonprofit organizations, and corporations are eligible to apply to a Request for Contracted Service Proposals.

What We Fund

Download our Grant Budget Guidelines and Template
This is a general template used for MFH grants, unless otherwise specified in the Request for Applications.  If responding to a Request for Scope of Service or Request for Service Proposals, a cost proposal is required.

MFH will fund costs necessary to meet the objectives of a project as outlined in a Request for Applications or Contracted Service Proposals.

The following expenses are allowable subject to the limitations stated:

  • Benefits and Payroll Taxes*:  For each employee supported with Foundation funds, benefits and payroll taxes may ONLY be requested for:
    • federal, state and local taxes
    • health, life, and disability insurance related only to the Foundation funded employee(s)
    • retirement related only to the Foundation funded employee(s) (do not include retiree benefits other than 401(k), 403(b) or pension)

    *Based on an agreed upon rate

  • Indirect Expense:  These include general organizational expenses such as executive management time, finance, occupancy, grants management, liability insurance, utilities, and facility maintenance, etc. in support of employees who provide services directly related to the project. The Foundation will consider indirect expenses up to a maximum of 15% of total compensation expense only (total compensation includes salary and benefits and payroll taxes expense).

MFH will not fund the following types of expenses and activities:

  • Basic biomedical research or research on drug therapies or devices
  • Lobbying
  • Existing operational deficits or programs projected to create a deficit
  • Programs that promote specific religious beliefs or proselytize
  • Programs fully funded from other sources

How We Fund

MFH completes a comprehensive review of each proposal to determine funding decisions and administer awards through grant and service contracts.

  • Programmatic review – This aspect of our due diligence process includes an assessment of the organization’s alignment with the mission and values of MFH and their expertise and capacity to carry out the activities of the project as proposed. Additionally, the process includes an analysis of the project’s risks, opportunities, and goals; as well as their alignment with the specific programmatic strategy.
  • Organizational review – This aspect of our due diligence process includes an evaluation of the fiscal status of applicants as well as the capacity and operational infrastructure to successfully carry out the project as proposed.
  • Contract administration – If approved for funding, a formal contract between MFH and the grantee/service provider is developed by the Foundation which includes payment and reporting schedules and other conditions. The contract must be fully executed prior to the beginning of the project and any costs incurred prior to execution will not be considered for purposes of the contract. Typically, payments are contingent upon receipt and approval of reports and submission of financial supporting documentation.

Grant Award Agreement Sample

Contracted Service Agreement Sample

Non-Discrimination Policy

MFH will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. As part of the application process, applicants will be required to affirm that the applicant will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status either in its employment practices or in its policies and procedures concerning access to services.

*If you are uncertain about your organization’s practices, please contact Steve Frisbee, Grants Management Associate, at (314) 345-5587 or sfrisbee@mffh.org.