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Health Care
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Medicine and healthcare were among Arthur Vining Davis’ philanthropic priorities.  Continuing his legacy, the Foundations have maintained a longstanding focus on fostering “caring attitudes” among health professionals whose work affects patient care and medical outcomes.   The Foundations also played a significant philanthropic role in the establishment of hospice care in the United States from the mid-1970’s through the mid-1990’s when trustees determined hospice had become a prevalent, accepted practice in end of life care across the country.

The Foundations’ Board of Trustees seek to fund programs that inspire and sustain a more caring and compassionate healthcare system, notably to include institutions and organizations with visibility and capacity for national influence. As U.S. healthcare undergoes significant change, the Foundations’ philanthropy is poised to assist healthcare providers address the vital human dimensions of care.  

Healthcare Grants

Grant requests in healthcare should advance programs and priorities to meet the emotional, spiritual and psychological needs of patients and families.  Innovative projects with potential for national expansion that enhance the skills, compassion and empathy of healthcare professionals are encouraged. Further, the Foundations have interest in programs that improve patient medical care through an integrated approach to patient support at all levels of care.  

Grant Amount

Healthcare requests may range from $25,000 to $200,000.


Competitive proposals will reflect at least one or more of the following: enhanced collaboration within the healthcare team; high quality training in patient-centered care; or extensive improvements in patient care throughout the delivery system.


Institutions and organizations that educate healthcare professionals and/or provide direct patient care are welcome to apply.

When & How To Apply

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations invite proposals in two grant cycles annually.  Applicants are welcome to submit proposals on or before April 1 or November 1 each year (regardless of the day of the week).

Proposals should be submitted with our application form

Each initial grant application should include:

  • A one-page cover letter (signed by the chief executive officer of the institution) that articulates how the proposed activities support the organization’s mission and fit within the current strategic plan;
  • A two hundred word (approximate) abstract that will be used publicly if the grant is awarded;
  • A two to three page description of the proposed grant;
    • Grant descriptions should address the following:
    • target audience for the proposed project;
    • primary goals and evaluation metrics (both process and outcome) for the proposed project;
    • if applicable, research that informs the need for the project and/or the rationale for its design;
    • innovative solution(s) employed through a new program or within an existing one;
    • potential lasting impact beyond the proposed grant period (e.g. leverage, replication, dissemination, organizational and/or individual capacity building, etc.);
    • evidence of effective collaboration with others during and following the grant period;
    • plan for effective stewardship of resources; and,
    • future funding plan beyond the proposed grant period.
  • A one-page timeline for the proposed activities;
  • A one-page line item budget that provides the projected total costs with other sources of support (The Foundations do not fund indirect costs.);
  • A copy of the applicant institution’s current IRS statement of non-profit eligibility; and
  • The employer identification numberof the applicant organization.

Proposal Submission

Completed grant applications may be sent by mail or email to Dr. Nancy J. Cable, President.

Mailing Address:
     The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
     225 Water Street, Suite 1510
     Jacksonville, FL 32202

     Email Address:

Proposal Evaluation and Notification

Every effort is made to respond to all questions, inquiries and proposals in a timely manner.  The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations strive to render decisions on grant awards within 6-8 months of proposal submission.

Upon receipt of a grant proposal, all materials will be evaluated according to the guidelines and criteria provided for each program area.  If a proposal is not competitive within the current cycle, notification will be sent no later than the beginning of the next grant cycle. 

At times, and in consultation with the grant applicant, a proposal may be tabled for further consideration into the next grant cycle.  Additional information may be requested from competitive grant proposals.   The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations’ Board of Trustees renders all final decisions.


Please direct all questions regarding the healthcare program to: Ms. Cheryl Tupper, Vice President for Programs - Religion and Healthcare

Mailing Address:
     The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
     225 Water Street, Suite 1510
     Jacksonville, FL 32202

     Email Address:
     Telephone:  904-359-0670

For Recent Grants in Health Care, please click here.