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The mission of the Commonwealth Fund is to promote a high-performing health care system that promotes better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency in health care, particularly for society’s most vulnerable, including people of color, people with low income, and those who are uninsured. 

The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. In its more than 100 years, the Fund has worked by: 

  • Demonstrating pioneering approaches and evaluating their results to identify levers for change. 

  • Convening experts across backgrounds and disciplines to spark innovation and facilitate learning. 

  • Publishing the results of our research and disseminating evidence to spur change. 

  • Investing in tomorrow’s leaders and their capacity to promote equitable outcomes across the U.S. health care system and in other countries. 

Fund staff see their role as collaborative partners in the grantmaking and research process and work to promote a high-performing health care system. In addition to grantmaking, the Fund conducts its own surveys and research and has a communications department that positions the foundation as a leader in generating timely, authoritative information for health care industry leaders, policymakers, researchers, and the news media. 

The Commonwealth Fund has made a commitment to become an antiracist organization. We continue to strive for more equitable grantmaking and to fund a diverse group of organizations and investigators. To learn about our grantmaking initiative to advance equity in U.S. health care, visit our Advancing Health Equity program page. To learn more about the Fund’s commitment to promote racial equity, diversity, and inclusion, read our Vision and Pledge

To apply for a grant from the Commonwealth Fund, please submit a letter of inquiry (LOI) using the online grants portal. To view the Fund’s current funding priorities, click here

Applicants are typically advised of the results of their inquiries within a month and often sooner. LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis, unless they are submitted in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP) where the submission deadline will be shown on the funding announcement and the portal. If your LOI is identified to be a potential fit, program staff will be in touch about next steps in our collaborative proposal development process.