Hearts Grants Program

Through the Hearts Grants Program, San Francisco General Hospital Foundation awards grants for innovative hospital projects and initiatives at Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (Zuckerberg San Francisco General).

Since 2004, the Hearts Grants Program has awarded nearly 500 totaling close to $12 million. View a complete list of 2018 Hearts Grants Recipients, as well as photos from the celebration, and press release from the event.


2019 Grant Request For Proposals (RFP) Instructions

Application Window: May 1, 2019 – June 15, 2019
Application Deadline: 11:59pm (PST) on June 15, 2019 

All 2019 Hearts Grants proposals are to be submitted directly to San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (the Foundation) through Common Grant Application and not through the UCSF Contract and Grants Office or other hospital department. Applicants are required to seek the approval of their proposed project with their ZSFG Executive and UCSF Service Chief by May 30, 2019.

The Hearts Grants Program will consider a range of support strategies, such as general support for new or existing initiatives, training and capacity building, and bridge funding. Hearts Grants typically range between $5,000 – $25,000, but other requests may also be considered. There will be considerations for not only one year grant requests, but also multi-year grant requests up to two years. Multi- year funding is distributed annually contingent on completion of the interim reports.

The Hearts Grants Program will not consider requests for capital equipment (except ambulatory care equipment that are END OF LIFE in Building 5 only), EHR, LCR, or IT system change requests, basic institutional operational or overhead materials and supplies costs, personnel/salaries, or basic scientific and/or clinical research.

For new applicants, please click here to create a new account with Common Grant Application.

For returning applicants, please click here to use your existing login credentials with Common Grant Application.

Completed applications that comply with the Hearts Grants’ guidelines will be submitted for review by the 2019 Hearts Grants Committee. Failure to adhere to these guidelines could result in a declined application.

Grant Period

1 Year Request: October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020
2 Year Request: October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2021

Application Window
May 1, 2019 – June 15, 2019

Application Deadline: Saturday, June 15, 2019 by 11:59pm

For more guidance on how to respond to application questions,  please participate in Application Information Calls on May 15, 11am- 12pm and May 30, 3pm- 4pm.

Application Information Calls
Wednesday, May 15, 11am-12pm
Thursday, May 30, 3- 4pm
Dial-in number: 1-877-228-3600
Access Code: 430908

Conference call registration is preferred, please send an email to register: grants@sfghf.org that includes your name and department/program.

After participating in a conference call, potential applicants can also email questions directly to grants@sfghf.org.

1) Care for All: Equity and Inclusion

San Francisco General Hospital Foundation strengthens the city’s public safety net by nurturing cross-sector community partnerships and supporting Zuckerberg San Francisco General with integrating social determinants of health into its clinical care.

Prior grantee examples include:

  • A Latino grief support equity initiative created new grief and loss support services for ZSFG’s Spanish-speaking community. This first-of-its kind program developed and expanded spiritual care services for Spanish-speaking patients through targeted outreach, group support, and 1:1 counseling.
  • The team-based social medicine group expanded holistic care to patients with complex social and medical needs throughout ZSFG and the SF Health Network.

2) Transforming Health Care: Innovation and Leadership

San Francisco General Hospital Foundation invests in Zuckerberg San Francisco General’s efforts to test, innovate, and incubate new and transformative models of care with emphases on whole person care, team-based approaches, and continuous quality improvements in care.

Prior grantee examples include:

  • A mental health program decreased the number of return ZSFG clients and maximized clients’ success in the community by engaging them through vocational training, coping skills, and transitional mental health groups.
  • Coordination of quality care utilized expert consultation and assessment that resulted in a comprehensive plan with quality, financial, and productivity outcome measures, saving years of costly trial-by-error program development.

All projects falling under one of the above priorities will be considered. In 2019, there is special topical interest in mental and/or behavioral health applications that will be keenly reviewed. Please note mental and behavioral health-related applications will not be favored and all grant applications will be evaluated equitably.

May 1, 2019 Online application open
May 15, 2019
11am – 12pm
Q&A informational phone call – Assistance in applying for Hearts Grant (optional) | Dial-in number: 1-877-228-3600; Code: 430908
May 30, 2019
3pm – 4pm
Q&A informational phone call – Assistance in applying for Hearts Grant (optional) | Dial-in number: 1-877-228-3600; Code: 430908
June 15, 2019
Application deadline
September 20, 2019 Applicants notified of grant awards
October 1, 2019 Grant period begins (1- year grant period ends September 30, 2020. 2- year grant period ends September 30, 2021.)
October 2, 2019 Hearts Grants award reception

*All dates subject to change

For more information, please contact grants@sfghf.org