The fund supports independent research on improving healthcare for vulnerable populations (such as children, low-income families, minorities) and social issues and makes grants to improve healthcare practice and policy. The fund also awards grants through its Small Grants Fund, with decisions made on a monthly basis. Start with the letter of inquiry. The fund strongly prefers grant applicants to submit letters of inquiry using the online letter of inquiry. Program staff will contact applicants if more detailed information is required. Proposals recommended by fund staff are reviewed and voted upon by the board of directors, which meets three times a year. Visit their website for more information.