Community Health Initiative

In June of 1996, the first Community Health Initiative (CHI) grants were made to local agencies to address the community's priority health issues. Since its inception, Huntsville Hospital has awarded more than $13 million to 52 local health-focused not-for-profit agencies. The program's volunteer committee which oversees the initiative, is named the Jean Wessell Templeton Committee, in honor of long-time chairman Jean Wessell Templeton. 

2024-2025 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS | Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2024

The mission of Huntsville Hospital's Community Health Initiative is to provide grant monies for projects dedicated to improving our community's health through education, prevention and early detection of disease. Non-profit organizations with new or innovative programs are encouraged to apply.

Request for Proposals
Application | Outcomes Report | Budget Example

All applications for 2024-2025 grants must be received digitally by April 26, 2024.


Non-profit agencies receiving funding in 2023 – 2024:

2023 Huntsville Hospital Community Health Initiative Grant Recipients

CHI Committee members

  • Kerry Fehrenbach, , Chairman
  • Jim Bolte, Co-Chairman
  • Linda Akenhead
  • Aruna Arora, MD
  • Greg Barnes
  • Philip Bentley, Jr.
  • Heather Crow
  • Michelle Jordan
  • Cathy Miller
  • Brian Patz, MD
  • Beth B. Richardson
  • Nicole Schroer
  • John Simms, Project Coordinator
  • Burr Ingram, Hospital Liaison