Grants, Foundation Relations, and Grant-funded Initiatives | MedStar Health

Grants, Foundation Relations, and Grant-funded Initiatives

Grants, Foundation Relations, and Grant-funded Initiatives

In collaboration with MedStar Health hospitals and institutes, the Grant Development Team actively partners with federal, state, local government, corporate, and private foundations to identify and pursue strategic grant funding opportunities.

Many of our grant partnerships target the needs of low income, minority, and underserved populations, the elderly and at-risk youth, and focus on advancing the health of the communities we serve.

As a system-wide resource within the Office of Philanthropy, the grants team works with clinicians, researchers, administrators, and senior leadership in identifying, developing, and writing competitive grant proposals that further the mission and strategic priorities of MedStar Health.

The Grant Development Team is comprised of seasoned professionals with over 50 years of combined experience in conceptualization, submission, and award management.

In collaboration with grant seekers, we help to:

  • Facilitate an understanding of the grant development process

  • Identify potential funding sources

  • Ensure compliance with grant application requirements

  • Foster and coordinate relationships with internal and external partners

  • Provide technical assistance in the preparation, writing and submission of high-quality grant proposals

The level of assistance provided is tailored to individual needs. Please contact us to discuss your vision and ideas related to grants, or any questions that you may have via email at

Grant-funded initiatives

Many foundations have supported an array of programs across MedStar Health to benefit and advance healthcare in the communities that we serve. We are truly grateful to each and every funder who has contributed through grants. Thank you!

Below are a few key examples of grant-funded initiatives..

D.C. Safe Babies Safe Moms Initiative

The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation made an incredibly generous philanthropic investment to create the D.C. Safe Babies Safe Moms Initiative at MedStar Health. This milestone partnership brings together nationally recognized experts and care in the fields of women’s health, family medicine, behavioral health, and pediatrics at both MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. This collaborative vision is fulfilling an essential need to improve maternal and infant health outcomes.

Watch how the impact of this transformational philanthropic partnership will continue to support moms and babies for generations to come.

We are working to raise additional philanthropic support for this initiative and invite you to learn more about the D.C. Safe Babies Safe Moms. If you’re interested in supporting this initiative, please email

MedStar Health Mobile Health Center

The MedStar Health Mobile Health Center offers a health and wellness solution in neighborhoods across Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County by teams at MedStar Harbor Hospital and MedStar Sports Medicine. Funded by philanthropic gifts, this clinic on wheels has a unique and powerful purpose--to provide greater access to care and to better meet the needs of the communities we serve. Primary care services include access to preventive care, routine screenings, and chronic disease management. Beyond these services, this clinic has been instrumental in bringing COVID-19 vaccinations to underserved patient populations and community members.

Click here to watch a special report from NBC Nightly News’ Lester Holt on our mobile health center.

We want to thank all our philanthropic partners that made this mobile unit a reality, especially the transformational gift from the Verstandig Family Foundation. Philanthropic partners include:

  • Baltimore Community Foundation
  • France-Merrick Foundation
  • The Plank Family Foundation
  • Verstandig Family Foundation

COVID-19 Response at MedStar Health

MedStar Health has brought to bear the formidable strengths of a large medical system to meet the challenges of COVID-19. As the largest, not-for-profit medical network in the mid-Atlantic region, MedStar Health has treated more COVID patients than any other health system. It’s been over a year since the pandemic began, and we have seen and experienced the devastating effects of this health crisis firsthand. Our associates and providers have risen time and again to meet the needs of our patients, especially the most vulnerable members of our community. From the first days of the crisis, and throughout the pandemic, we have leveraged our capacity to mobilize shared clinical resources in and among our hospitals to better serve all patients during this difficult time. To combat the health crisis, we enacted new policies, trained and redeployed associates and providers, and worked with philanthropic partners to address the critical needs of those we serve.

As the pandemic unfolded, we pivoted to erect testing tents, convert hospital space for COVID-19 treatment, and procure additional, highly utilized supplies, such as personal protective equipment and more. In order to fully uplift the health of the region, we narrowed our focus to also provide vaccinations to our underserved populations that face health disparities and access to care barriers. Through this effort, the Mobile Health Unit has sought to target the top 5% of the population least likely to have access to vaccinations due to social determinants of health. While we have been able to overcome many challenges over the past year, we could not have accomplished as much as we have without the instrumental support of our philanthropic partners.

We are grateful for our philanthropic partners for uplifting our community while our medical experts helped us to navigate the largest health challenge of our lifetimes:

  • Albertson Companies Foundation
  • Bainum Family Foundation
  • Baltimore Community Foundation
  • Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation
  • A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County
  • District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA)
  • Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
  • The Lois and Richard England Family Foundation, Inc.
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • France-Merrick Foundation
  • Giant of Maryland LLC
  • Health Resources & Services Administration
  • The William Randolph Hearst Foundation
  • Arthur E. Landers, Jr. and Hilda C. Landers Charitable Trust
  • LaVerna Hahn Charitable Trust
  • Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
  • No Kid Hungry
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • PNC Foundation
  • Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust
  • TD Charitable Foundation
  • Washington Home Foundation

Early Childhood Innovation Network

In an effort focused on transforming the lives of young children in the District of Columbia, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital launched the Early Childhood Innovation Network (ECIN).The goal of the ECIN is to eliminate or decrease the impacts of stresses on young children, building a strong foundation that will last for a lifetime. With support from philanthropy, this program helps support a comprehensive approach to care by providing impactful interventions aimed at children from birth to age five, as well as their parents and families.

“More than half of the children in Washington, D.C., experience significant adversity before the age of five,” said Matthew Biel, MD, child psychiatrist and chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown. “We need to develop evidence-based strategies and deploy high-quality, coordinated resources to help families in these situations. This is where the ECIN comes in.”

Dr. Matthew Biel Headshot for Philanthropy
Matthew Biel, MD
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Thanks to our philanthropic grant partners below for supporting ECIN, the program continues to provide much needed support to young children in the District of Columbia.

  • The Bainum Family Foundation
  • A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
  • DC Department of Behavioral Health
  • DC Healthy Communities Collaborative
  • DC Department of Health
  • DC Government, Office of the State Superintendent of Education
  • House of Ruth (grant sub-award from Washington Area Women’s Foundation)
  • The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
  • Perigee (sub of GUCCHD)
  • Prince Charitable Trusts
  • Stranahan Foundation
  • Tower Family Fund, Inc.

Center for Wellbeing in School Environments

The Center for Wellbeing in School Environments (WISE), created at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, aims to reduce mental health and educational disparities in Washington, D.C., by bringing innovative best practices to the school systems. With a multidisciplinary, multi-cultural team of mental health professionals, the program provides support to over 30 public schools in Washington, D.C., through primary services that promote improvements in academic and mental health outcomes.      With support from our generous grant partners, our clinicians and their teams have been able to provide students within the school systems comprehensive approaches for mental wellbeing. 

  • Diane & Norman Bernstein Foundation
  • DC Government, Office of the State Superintendent of Education
  • Education Forward DC
  • The Lois and Richard England Family Foundation
  • Philip L. Graham Fund
  • The Greater Washington Community Foundation
  • KIPP DC (from The Norman & Ruth Rales Foundation)
  • Andrew and Julie Klingenstein Family Fund
  • The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
  • The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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MedStar Health House Call Program and the Center for Successful Aging

MedStar Health House Call Program: The core element of the MedStar Health House Call Program is the ability to offer a single, comprehensive source of home-based medical and social services for patients and their families. The team-based model of geriatricians, nurse practitioners, and social workers address each patient’s medical and social needs, allowing these elders to remain where they reside. With the support of philanthropy, the care team coordinates primary, specialty, urgent and acute medical care, delivery of medications and equipment, home nursing, mental health, rehabilitation, and hospice care.

Center for Successful Aging: As a leading program in geriatric care in the Baltimore area, The Center for Successful Aging (CSA) is committed to serving frail older adults who suffer from age-related complications and challenges with cognitive, functional, and psychosocial determinants of health. This coordinated care follows the patient through transitions from home, hospital, and other needed facilities, so caregivers can feel assured that all of a patient’s needs are being met.

The combined efforts of our philanthropic partners have fostered tremendous support for our MedStar Health House Call Program and the Center for Successful Aging. We are grateful to the following philanthropic grant partners who have graciously joined us in our important mission to serve the region’s most frail elders.

  • Agua Fund
  • P. Bruce and Virginia C. Benson Foundation
  • Bessemer Trust
  • The Walter A. Bloedorn Foundation
  • The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
  • Clark-Winchcole Foundation
  • Deerbrook Charitable Trust
  • The Edes Home Foundation
  • John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation
  • Hoffberger Foundation
  • Home Centered Care Institute
  • The New York Community Trust
  • Prince Charitable Trust
  • Paul and Margaret Renoff Family Foundation
  • Edward N. & Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation
  • Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation