About Us

Founding and Senior Partners Dr. Brian Kelley and Louise Mathias have several decades of collective experience in the field of federal grants. Innovative Funding Partners, LLC (IFP) has its successful roots in a premier DC government relations firm. Our depth of expertise, exceptionally dedicated staff, and strong commitment to helping our clients achieve meaningful change in their communities sets us apart from our competitors.

Recent Successes

ARRA funds through Housing and Urban Development to build a research center and parking garage, $50 million.

HRSA award for Primary Care Residency expansion initiative, $1.92 million.   HRSA award to be part of a national study on Electronic Medical Records' impact on care for HIV/AIDS patients, $1.48 million over four years.

CMS Patient Navigator initiative award, $4+ million over two consecutive years.

Atlanticare Health Solutions (NJ), Southcoast Accountable Care Organization, LLC (MA), Pioneer Valley Accountable Care, LLC (MA), Carillion Clinic (VA), The Regents of the University of California (CA), WellStar Health System (GA), ProMedica Health System (OH), MetroHealth Care Partners (OH), Central Virginia Accountable Care Collaborative (VA), Aurora Health System (WI), WellStar Health System (GA), ProMedica Health System (OH).

HRSA School-based Health Center opportunity, $400,000/year for five years.

Hospital Engagement Network contract from CMS Innovation Center to implement patient safety initiatives through hospital members of this association, $8+ million over 3 years.

Hospital Engagement Network contract from CMS Innovation Center to implement patient safety initiatives throughout their multi-state system, $11+ million over three years.

Multimillion dollar three-year contract from CMS Innovation Center to implement patient safety initiatives through their multi-hospital initiative.

MedStar Health Research Institute: AHRQ “Advances in Patient Safety through Simulation Research” R18 grant, $695,984 over two years.  A Ryan White award for MedStar Health, $436,184 and a continuation award totaling $100,000.

MedStar Health Research Institute’s MedStar Washington Hospital Center: Contract with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), $1,986,234 awarded over two years.

HRSA Nursing Education, Practice, Quality and Retention opportunity, $250,000/year for up to three years.

USDA award for their rural telemedicine initiative, $238,398.

National Institutes of Health COBRE Center Grant to study perinatal biology for Women and Infants Hospital, approximately $5 million.  HRSA Primary Care Training and Enhancement award, $250,000/year for five years.

Defense Department’s TATRC program for implementation/study of Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) system, $2.5 million.  HRSA award for pediatric oral health outreach, $150,000/year for three years.  HRSA Rural Health Network Planning Grant, $90,000 for one year.  USDA award to fund Mission’s rural telemedicine initiative, $490,000.

CMS Bundled Payment Model Two Convener: convened member hospitals to participate in CMS’ Bundled Payment Model Two initiative.  MSSP Collaborative: application development consultants Round Two and Round Three.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s Beacon Community opportunity, $13.9 million.

HRSA Rural Network Development Planning Grant, $85,000.  CDC Partnerships to Improve Community Health award, $1.8 million over five years.

CMS Innovation Center’s Health Care Innovation Challenge award, $14+ million over three years.

MedStar Health Research Institute: “Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part D for Women, Infants, Children and Youth (WICY)” award, $1,498,468.89 over three years.

Innovation grant from the D.C. Department of Health, $140,000.

Department of Education Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects award, $2.2 million.

CMS contracts to implement their Community Based Care Transitions initiative to reduce hospital readmissions for high risk patients as well as to reduce the cost of care awarded to Ascension Health System Ministries in Phoenix and Detroit.  CMS Hospice Care Choices Model, allowing for an additional PBPM payment from CMS

HRSA  Affordable Care Act (ACA) Nursing and Home Health Aides Training Program award, $682,731 over three years.

USDA award for their rural telemedicine initiative, $161,000.

Phase I SBIR Grant funded at the maximum amount, $150,000 (plus indirect costs) over six months, and Phase II, up to $750,000.

Murdock Foundation award for the purchase of an MRI scanner, $200,000.

Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) Medical Liabilities and Patient Safety Demonstration grant to establish a uniform evidence-based obstetrics practice model and to implement a quick-response liability model, $2.9 million.

Recovery Act Funds from the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to build the Statewide HIE infrastructure in West Virginia, $7.9 million.

CMS Bundled Payment Model Two Convener: convened hospitals throughout the country to participate in CMS’ Bundled Payment Model Two initiative.


Find out how IFP can help you secure the funding you need for your critical projects. Please email us your inquiries (info@innovativefundingpartners.com), or use the form on our Contacts page, and we will respond promptly.


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Why Focus on Grant Development?

Our clients consistently say that IFP’s grant development process reshapes their organizations, resulting in members who become excited and engaged in a continuous innovative mindset.

Grants are effective tools for creating sustainable innovation, collaboration, and education as well as community and stakeholder engagement.  Because the culture of a not-for-profit organization and the practice of running it is always changing, innovation and employee engagement in the midst of these changes can be both challenging and expensive.  Senior leadership can guide change by selecting grants fitting strategic priorities; thereafter, the grant mechanism, through project requirements, budget, deadlines, etc.,  provides the necessary structure for program development.

Through appropriate grant development efforts, this process naturally brings about positive momentum for cultural change with the potential of generating a significant return on investment.