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$500,000 Up for Grabs in Exchange for Health Improvement Ideas

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Put your thinking caps on. The Dakota Medical Foundation is offering up to $500,000 to fund new ideas that improve health or access to care, or build the impact of of health-related nonprofits in the region.

The deadline for submitting ideas for funding is December 31st, with awards for its "Breakthrough Idea Challenge" presented in early 2014.

"We're asking people to be ‘courageously' creative, to think big and propose radically different ideas," said Foundation President Pat Traynor, adding that ideas need not be complex, sometimes just more widely-adopted to have vast health impact.

To make it easy to submit ideas, Dakota Medical Foundation created an online form with just four questions at www.dakmed.org.

Finalists will present their ideas to an advisory committee of health and community leaders. They may, but aren't required to, develop and implement the idea. DMF offers to direct ideas to organizations with the greatest capacity for successful implementation. 

Since late 2012, Dakota Medical Foundation has awarded $350,000 in innovation grants for nine unique projects spanning childhood obesity prevention to strengthening violence intervention organizations in the region. These creative pilot programs hold the promise to become models for widespread impact and are reported online at the organization's website.

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