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What are Health Education Grants?

Erin J. Hill
Erin J. Hill

Health education grants refer to money that is given by the federal government to local governments, non-profits, and health organizations for the research and education of members of the health care community and the citizens of a particular area. These funds are given to those who offer services or who are making developments in the research of a particular disease. Grants are generally given to organizations who are focusing on a subject matter than the government finds particularly important.

Examples of health education grants may include funding for a clinic that offers education to the public about disease prevention or to a non-profit who wishes to offer education opportunities for those who want to enter specific medical fields. In most cases, grants are given to a limited number of applicants each year.


Organizations that are in need of health education grants are generally required to apply for them by writing a grant proposal. This is a written document that describes why an organization or group deserves grant funding for their project or operation. There are strict deadlines for when grant proposals are accepted, and in most cases those who apply too late will not be considered for grant funding.

Hiring a professional grant writer is a way to better one’s chances of obtaining one of the health education grants being offered each year. A separate proposal may be needed for each grant. Grant writers are trained in the proper formatting and language needed for an effective grant proposal, so those with no experience in writing may find the cost of hiring a professional well worth the investment. Oftentimes, writers can be found at consulting firms, marketing agencies, and through a web search for self-employed individuals.

The government may choose who gets health education grants based on community need for education or for practitioners in a particular field. An AIDS education clinic in a heavily infected area, for example, may be more important than an educational center for podiatrists in the same area. Research for specific incurable diseases is another heavily funded sector.

If an organization isn’t awarded or doesn’t qualify, there are other grants that may be available. The process for applying is much the same as with health education grants, but deadlines and funding amounts may be different. Directors, founders, and owners of these businesses and organizations should look into all available options and apply for as many grants as possible.

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