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Community Health Excellence grants

Helping our provider partners deliver innovative care
Community Health Excellence grants

Goals of our provider grant program

Create and expand an environment of collaborative and innovative engagement
between PacificSource Health Plans and providers who share a vision for better community health, better healthcare, and lower healthcare costs.

Foster an environment of continuous patient care improvement among providers 
who practice in the areas PacificSource Health Plans serves.

Elicit the diverse capabilities of provider organizations 
in ways that make significant, positive health impacts for community members.

Each Community Health Excellence (CHE) application is independently evaluated based on its impact on patients, without regard to their insurance status. The program has sparked healthcare delivery innovation in a wide array of hospital and physician group practices, funding more than 100 projects across Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Grants are available in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington state.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must meet these core criteria for consideration:

  • Applicant must be a contracted PacificSource provider or have an affiliation/contracted referral agreement with a contracted PacificSource provider or provider group.
  • Grant proposal must address the Quadruple Aim: Better health outcomes, lower cost, improved patient experience, and improved provider experience.
  • Project must benefit all patients, regardless of their insurance status.
  • Multi-year grant requests must focus on increasing access to behavioral health services, addressing specific access issues. Examples are available in our CHE Application Guide. 

CHE funding priorities

CHE funds projects that fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Advancing healthcare integration
  • Addressing health disparities and promoting equity
  • Developing the provider workforce 
  • Considering and/or aligning with identified community health needs

Examples are available in our CHE Application Guide. CHE does not fund stand-alone capital or infrastructure expenses.

Funding range guidelines
  • One-year grant requests should not exceed $100,000. The average funding range is between $30,000 and $50,000.
  • Multi-year grant requests should not exceed a total of $150,000.

Special 2021 CHE grant opportunity

COVID-19 vaccination confidence and access for community members who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

Due to continued COVID-19 health disparities, PacificSource is offering one-time CHE grant awards in 2021 for contracted provider groups who meet eligibility criteria (see above) that advance COVID-19 vaccination confidence and access for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and/or other populations facing discrimination and marginalization.

Projects must advance COVID vaccination confidence education, promotion, and/or access. Projects must also be specifically for BIPOC or other systematically excluded populations. We are particularly interested in projects that advance solutions in collaboration with established community groups who work with people who are facing discrimination and marginalization. Examples include partnering with community organizations to host vaccination confidence and/or access events, developing and promoting language-specific education materials, and deploying traditional health workers or other staff to increase vaccination confidence within the community. 

The CHE vaccination application cycle opens on April 5, 2021. 
•    Grants are reviewed and awarded on a bi-weekly basis. 
•    Award range: $1,000 - $20,000
•    Grant timeline: April 5 – June 30, 2021 or until the budget is exhausted
•    Funds must be spent in 2021 for confidence or access projects
•    A final report will be due January 31, 2022

Please follow the regular grant process below to apply. (Eligibility criteria still apply.) 



The online application process

This is a high-level summary. Please read the CHE Application Guide for requirements and detailed instructions. See button below.

How to apply for a one-year grant:

  1. Visit the PacificSource grant portal and login, or create a new profile. (Please check to see if your organization already has a grant profile before creating a new one.)
  2. Complete your budget form (You'll need to attach this to your online application.)
  3. Submit your application in alignment with all CHE application guidelines, including the required budget form. 

How to apply for a multi-year grant:

Multi-year grant requests follow a two-step application process:

  1. Interested applicants will submit a letter of intent (LOI) through our grant portal.
  2. LOIs that meet the funding criteria will be invited to apply for a two-year CHE grant. If invited, you'll follow the steps above as you would for a one-year grant. Organizations that are not invited to apply for a two-year grant are still eligible to submit a one-year grant request.

Download the CHE Application GuideEnter grant portal



Timeline for the 2021-2022 CHE grant cycle


  • January 18: Application cycle opens for one-year and multi-year grants. Applications will be available in the grant portal.
  • April 14: Multi-year grant letter of intent (LOI) due by 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.

  • May 19: Multi-year grant invitations to apply are extended to selected organizations.

  • August 27:  CHE grant applications due by 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.

  • November: Grant awards are announced.
  • December: Funds are mailed to awardees.


  • November: Online final grant presentations begin.

Former CHE grant recipients

In the 2019-2020 grant cycle, PacificSource awarded 15 grants to provider partners in three states. Grantees include:

All Season Family Care (ID)
Bozeman Health Foundation (MT)
Children’s Health Foundation (OR)
Emergency Responders Health Center (ID)
Kaniksu Health Services (ID)

La Pine Community Health Center (OR)
Mercy Foundation (OR)
Mid-Columbia Medical Center (OR)
North Bend Medical Center (OR)
Oregon Medical Group (OR)

Partners in Care (OR)
Partnership Health Center (MT)
Praxis Medical Group (OR)
Summit Medical Group (OR)
Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch (MT)