Grant Application Process

Mount Zion Health Fund reflects the Jewish values and legacy of Mount Zion Hospital by supporting programs and research that improve the physical, emotional and spiritual health of vulnerable populations in San Francisco.

Mount Zion Health Fund accepts proposals from organizations classified by the IRS as 501(c)(3) tax-exempt. Projects or programs that are not under the auspices of a 501(c)(3) organization must identify a fiscal agent to receive funds. The MZHF Board will consider all requests that fall within MZHF’s funding priorities and meet its guidelines.

Requests submitted to MZHF are evaluated based on the following priorities:

  • Explicitly benefits underserved communities.
  • Based at or in partnership with the UCSF Mount Zion Campus, or shares Jewish roots.
  • Embodies one or more of MZHF’s core Jewish values.
  • Addresses a compelling San Francisco or UCSF Mount Zion health priority.
  • Potential impact of the project is significant.
  • Team can successfully complete the project on time/budget.
  • Applicant can articulate plan for financial sustainability of project beyond the grant period.


Jewish Legacy Awards

(Guidelines, Application Overview, Application link)
In acknowledgement of the history and legacy of Mount Zion Hospital, MZHF’s Jewish Legacy grants support San Francisco community-based agencies which share Jewish roots and facilitate the provision of health-related services to meet the needs of underserved populations in San Francisco.
The next submission deadline for Jewish Legacy Awards is September 9, 2021.

UCSF Mount Zion Campus-Community Partnership Awards

(Guidelines, Application Overview, Application link)
Seeking to foster collaboration and encourage innovation in community-based health initiatives, this funding category supports projects designed in partnership between a UCSF Mount Zion Campus-based program and a San Francisco community-based program, which identify and address unmet health-related needs in San Francisco. Projects may be direct service or education-related, and both existing and new partnerships are eligible to apply.
The next submission deadline for MZ Campus-Community Partnership Awards is September 9, 2021.

UCSF Mount Zion Campus-based Awards

(Guidelines, Application Overview, Application link)
Awards are allocated from funds restricted to specific uses at UCSF Mount Zion in the areas of patient care and medical education (research and educational travel funds have separate allocation processes). MZHF’s goal for utilizing these funds is to encourage UCSF Mount Zion Campus programs to identify and address unmet needs, and are for core support or start-up. Requests must describe the project’s value to the UCSF Mount Zion Campus.
The next submission deadline for MZ Campus-based Awards is December 9, 2021.

MZHF awards small Educational Travel block grants annually to UCSF Mount Zion Campus-based divisions/departments; Mount Zion Campus-based faculty, staff and trainees should contact their division/department leader for information about funding after reviewing the Educational Travel Awards guidelines here. MZHF’s MZ Campus-based research funding is facilitated through UCSF RAP and through an annual cancer research awards process. For questions, please contact

GENERAL NOTE: All proposals are required to be submitted online. MZHF will contact grant applicants during the review cycle if additional information is needed. Grantees are required to submit a brief report at the end of their grant period. Click here for an overview of the grant reporting form.

MZHF does not make grants for the following:

  • Grants for the personal benefit of individuals
  • Endowments, annual appeals, membership drives, and fundraising events
  • Reduction of operating deficits