Mission/Giving Statement: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
Grantmaking Program Areas: Health & Human Services
Grantmaking Program Area Description:
Health & Human Services: The Department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. Some highlights include:
Health and social science research
Preventing disease, including immunization services
Assuring food and drug safety
Medicare (health insurance for elderly and disabled Americans) and Medicaid (health insurance for low-income people)
Health information technology
Financial assistance and services for low-income families
Improving maternal and infant health
Head Start (pre-school education and services)
Faith-based and community initiatives
Preventing child abuse and domestic violence
Substance abuse treatment and prevention
Services for older Americans, including home-delivered meals
Comprehensive health services for Native Americans
Medical preparedness for emergencies, including potential terrorism
Type of Funding/Funding Restrictions: HHS administers more grant dollars than all other federal agencies combined. There are hundreds of federal discretionary grants announced each year from HHS. See individual grants for eligibility and restrictions.
Application Instructions: HHS strongly encourages all applicants to apply online through www.grants.gov. Grant application instructions are online and vary for each grant. Please note, applications must include a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and register with the Central Contractor’s Registry (CCR). It is suggested that this be completed at least 30 days in advance of the application due date.
Notes: Register for email announcements through www.grants.gov. A list of open opportunities can also be found at www.hrsa.gov/grants/default.htm. The "Grants & Funding" tab contains information about government grants and funding resources, grant information, education & training funding and contract information.