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At Cambia Health Foundation we are committed to improving access to high quality palliative care across our community. We look for strategic partnerships that will advance patient-centered, effective palliative care that improves quality of life by addressing the physical, intellectual, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs of patients and their families. We believe that palliative care is deeply personal and fundamentally rooted in respect for human life. We also believe collaboration is essential and seek projects that have partnerships with other organizations in the community and across the continuum of care. The Foundation seeks to help establish palliative care programs across our community, in particular among small and rural communities in Oregon, Washington, Utah and Idaho.

Focus Areas

We seek to accomplish these goals with four key funding priorities:

  • Increase access to palliative care, particularly in rural areas.
  • Increase access to palliative care along the continuum and across our region. Promote innovative strategies to deliver palliative care in hospital, outpatient and all other settings including culturally sensitive palliative care programs.
  • Improve the quality of palliative care through workforce development by training the healthcare workforce in palliative care.
  • Promote patients’ and families’ understanding of palliative care to drive demand and create an open dialogue in the community about options for care.

Guidelines and Criteria

This information is intended to provide a framework for the strategies and priorities in the Sojourns funding track.  Grant request amounts vary, but generally range from $50,000 or up to $100,000 per year with multi-year funding considered.  Request amounts should be reflective of the size and scope of both the project and the organization.  In order to be competitive in the application process, all projects should include:

  • Support from the organization’s leadership.

  • Alignment between the organization’s core mission and the proposed project.

  • Well-defined project goals and measurable objectives.

  • An evaluation plan that includes measurement tools and techniques. 

  • A plan to communicate outcomes and lessons learned to appropriate audiences.

  • Diverse or potentially diverse funding sources and sustainability plans. 

Specific Project Requirements for Implementing a NEW Palliative Care Program:

  • Interdisciplinary Team with Physician Champion.

  • If not already completed or if completed more than 2 years prior to the grant period, at least 2 members of the team must attend training by the Palliative Care Leadership Center at UCSF. The cost will be added onto the grant amount paid for by Cambia Health Foundation.

  • Commitment from executive leadership to maintain the program beyond the grant.

  • In kind support of 50% from your organization.


  • Applicant organizations must be a nonprofit (501c3) or public entity.

  • Nonprofit hospitals, hospices, or other healthcare organizations are eligible.

Sojourns Awards

To learn about our annual awards program please visit our Sojourns Awards Program page.

Contact Us                                                                                                                              

Although we do accept unsolicited proposals through an on-line application that starts with a letter of inquiry, potential applicants are highly encouraged to contact foundation staff to help determine if there is a potential fit with our strategies and priorities. Please visit our contact page to connect with Foundation Staff. 

How to Apply

Please visit our grant application center.

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