Community + UCSF Mount Zion Awards

Community + UCSF Mount Zion Awards support projects that address unmet health-related needs in San Francisco that originate at, connect with, or relate to UCSF Mount Zion Campus.

    There are two types of award mechanisms:

  • One-year grants of up to $75,000 for proof-of-concept projects for MZ Campus-based healthcare-related work in the community. These proof-of-concept projects do not require a community partner; although, the intent is to support work in the community which will eventually engage community partners in furtherance of its efforts.
  • Single or multi-year grants (maximum of three years) of up to $150,000 per year for projects that include Mount Zion Campus-based health professionals working with one or more community partners.
    Proposed projects must:

  • Explicitly benefit an underserved or vulnerable community
  • Identify and address unmet health-related need(s) in San Francisco
  • Originate at, connect with, or relate to the UCSF Mount Zion Campus
  • Embody one or more of MZHF’s core Jewish values
  • Include a plan for evaluation with both quantitative and qualitative outcomes
    Priority will be given to proposals which:

  • Address health equity or other compelling San Francisco or UCSF Mount Zion healthcare priorities
  • Demonstrate an innovative understanding of or solution to a compelling need
  • Create a model, mechanism or data others can employ
  • Can be successfully completed within the proposed time and budget
  • Articulate plan for financial sustainability (if ongoing intervention is proposed)
    Step One – Letter of Intent (LOI) is required; submission deadline is TBA for 2022

  • Visit here to review the LOI form content and to submit an LOI.
  • LOI feedback will be provided to applicants by TBA for 2022.
  • For questions please contact: MZHF Staff Director
    Step Two – full proposal submission (by invitation); deadline is September 8, 2022

  • For applicants invited to submit a full proposal, an overview of the application content is here.
  • For full proposal submissions, please open an online account (or access an existing account) to: submit a request without a community partner here; submit a request with a community partner here; submit a renewal request with a community partner here; or submit a renewal request without a community partner here.
  • Award notifications will be emailed in Late November for project start dates of 12/1/2021 (earliest) or by 7/1/2022 (latest).
  • Awardees must submit a final report within 1-2 months of the grant period end date including data/metrics addressing whether the project goals were met. Multi-year projects must submit a report within one month of the end of each project year, with subsequent payments conditional on meeting prior year deliverables.
  • For questions please contact: MZHF Staff Director
MZHF will not consider grants for the personal benefit of individuals, for endowments, annual appeals, membership drives, or fundraising events, or for the reduction of operating deficits. The above guidelines apply to the general and specific funds that grant discretion to MZHF’s Board of Directors. Additional limitations and guidelines govern expenditures from restricted and advised funds. Capital requests and non-UCSF Mount Zion-related research requests are discouraged.