Deadline: 31 May 2019

Innovative Small Grants Program —  Request For Proposals

For the year 2019 the Child Health Foundation (CHF) wishes to receive proposals from registered non-governmental organizations (NGO)s) for innovative research or innovative service projects directed at improving the health and well-being of new-born infants during their first month of life.  This is a time of high risk for babies and their mothers, and we believe that local groups may have some innovative ideas about how to improve the lives of these vulnerable infants.  The maximum budget for these projects is $5,000 over a one year period.  Successful applications receive $4,000 when the project is scheduled to start and another $1,000 upon receipt of a final report. Organizations must be certified, that is, hold registration in the country of origin. And we will ask for a credible reference. To save time and money for yourselves and us, please do not include certificates of registration, recommendations, annual reports, or photos until they are requested. No other proposals will be considered.

CHF will consider a range of technologies and approaches including both biomedical and social science projects that show promise, are innovative, and may have wide-spread application. Projects that involve only general medical care of children, but without innovative aspects, will not be considered.

Please note:  In the past, CHF has invited a letter of intent to be submitted first.  Among these letters, some were invited to submit a full application.  For 2019, CHF is not inviting a letter of intent; rather, applicants should submit the full proposal directly.                         

New biomedical and social technologies have led to the development or successful application of products and approaches that can be used globally. These products and innovative approaches have brought dramatic improvements in infant and child health over the past 50 years. For example, oral rehydration therapy (ORT) for diarrhea, treatment for pneumonia, vaccinations for children, vitamin A, and others have all contributed to a steady improvement in children’s health and survival.  Each of these interventions were based on a solid foundation of research. The Child Health Foundation has especially supported efforts on prevention and treatment of diarrheal diseases in children since this was an area which was underfunded.  This year, the focus will be directed toward improving the lives of infants during the first month of life.  The first month is a time when the infant is most vulnerable, and CHF believes that small innovative projects can make a major impact on child health in diverse settings.

The projects should be done within one year and should be able to document measurable results. The projects may address child health issues in a developing country or in the United States. Budgets should not exceed US$5,00O. The projects will be reviewed by the Program Committee of the Child Health Foundation. Outside reviewers will be used if necessary. The number of projects approved depends on the amount of funding available. Often CHF is able to fund only six proposals in a year, although there were many others of high quality.

The deadline for the proposal is May 31, 2019. You will hear by mid-August if your proposal has been accepted or rejected.  Please follow the format for the proposal as described below.  All proposals should be forwarded as an email attachment to  If you do not hear from us that we have received it, please contact us.


A. Cover page must include: (1 page)

  • Name and address of organization
  • Name of director and contact person(s), telephone and e-mail addresses
  • One paragraph summarizing the mission of the organization
  • One paragraph stating the purpose of the grant request, and how it relates to the mission of the organization
  • Total dollar amount of the organization’s annual budget
  • Total dollar amount of the proposed project’s budget
  • Total dollar amount being requested from Child Health Foundation for the project
  • Total dollar amount committed from other funding sources for the project
  • Beginning and ending dates of the project (not to exceed one year)


B. Project Narrative.  This application form is designed to help your organization explain the project you would like the Child Health Foundation to fund.  The application is divided into several sections.  (Note, there is a word limit to each section, but it is not necessary to use the maximum. The full narrative should be no more than 4 pages.)

  1. Problem Statement: Provide a brief summary of the problem that your organization will be addressing by this project (maximum 300 words)
  2. Specific Aims : Provide a description of the specific aims of your project; that is what the project intends to accomplish (Maximum 1 to 3 aims and 400 words)
  3. Background: Provide the relevant background information about the issue, how and why your NGO decided to address the issue, and the ability of your organization to address this issue. (maximum 1000 words)
  4. Innovation: What are the unique aspects about your proposal that makes it stand out from the current methods (maximum 500 words)
  5. Approach: Explain what you propose to do in your project and how you will evaluate it.  Provide as much detail as possible to describe what will happen, who will actually carry out the work, and the timeline for the project (maximum 1000 words)
  6. Dissemination: Briefly describe how you will disseminate your results and who will be the target for the dissemination (e.g. health agencies, community groups, others)..
  7. Mentorship: Will your project have guidance from a more senior, experienced person to help guide the project?  Often, projects can be assisted when they have guidance from such a person.  This person could be someone from your country (such as from a university or a larger volunteer organization) or from another country with whom you could communicate via email or Skype.


C. Budget: (1 page)

  • Detailed categories and justification of how funds will be used
  • Amount requested must not exceed $5,000
  • Funds may not be used for international travel, computers, secretarial support, or overhead.

Scheduled disbursement of funds to successful proposals:
US$4,000 at start of project;
US$1,000 upon receipt of interim report which includes itemized spent funds.

Please send proposals to:

Additional inquiries may be directed to:

Tel: +1-410-992-5512

Please include your country’s name on all correspondence.

Apply Now

Visit the Official Website for more information


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here