grantmaking-photoSince 1997, the Consumer Health Foundation (CHF) has provided more than $26 million in grants to improve the health and economic conditions of low-income residents and communities of color. CHF has awarded grants to more than 180 service providers and community and advocacy organizations in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia. As part of our Strategic Plan (English and Spanish), CHF is implementing a participatory grantmaking approach to our community power grantmaking program.

Participatory grantmaking cedes decisionmaking power about funding decisions – including the strategy and criteria behind those decisions – to the very communities that a foundation aims to serve. (Source: Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources Through Participatory Grantmaking, Grantcraft)

The committee that will decide on the grants will be composed of community members from the District of Columbia, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in Maryland, and Norther Virginia with lived experiences of racial inequities and are engaged in organizing and advocacy.

What We Fund

CHF supports community-based and nonprofit organizations in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia that are committed to and operationalizing racial equity and undertaking community organizing and community engagement and advocacy. Read more about What We Fund.

Our Grants

CHF has an open Request for Proposals for 2021. The RFP is available in English, Spanish and Amharic.

See our grants from 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Margaret O’Bryon Learning Journey Fund

CHF created the Margaret O’Bryon Learning Journey Fund in recognition of our founding President’s support for learning and innovation. Read more about the Fund.

Grantseeker FAQs

Questions about the grantmaking process? Visit our Grantseeker FAQ page.