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UCare Foundation

UCare Foundation

Established in 1998, the UCare Foundation (formerly the UCare Fund) is a community-directed initiative of UCare. We focus our grant-making on programs and initiatives that improve the health of underserved populations in the Twin Cities and throughout Greater Minnesota with innovative services, education, community outreach, and research.

Organizations seeking research or community grants should consider if their mission and activities match the Foundation’s mission and guidelines.

In 2015, special consideration was given to grant requests for innovative proposals in the following areas:

Preventive Health Care

Projects with a goal of addressing wellness, lifestyle, and health improvement behavior changes, with emphasis on:

  • Pediatric oral health (education and practice)
  • Breast cancer screening awareness
  • Colorectal screening awareness
  • Immunizations; e.g., well-child, Gardasil in adolescents, Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) in pregnant women

Quality Initiatives for Chronic Disease Management

Projects that target improving quality measures in the following areas:
  • Diabetes
  • Cholesterol management in cardiac patients
  • Asthma

Promoting Health Equity

Projects with a goal of improving health outcomes in traditionally underserved and diverse populations.


Projects with a goal of reducing health disparities for people living with a physical or developmental disability. Chronic condition care initiatives.

The UCare Foundation reviews final proposals and makes funding determinations. Members of the Foundation Council include representatives of the UCare Board of Directors, including a Consumer Board Representative.

Direct grant requests and questions to: or 612-676-3595