Obtaining a Grant

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in Brave Beginnings (formerly the Will Rogers Institute Neonatal Equipment Grant Program). Our mission is to fund hospitals across the United States in need of new neonatal equipment. To date, Brave Beginnings has provided over $8.1 million to 175 medical facilities and we are looking forward to adding more facilities this year. If you represent a hospital and would like to apply for a grant, please know that your hospital must:

  • Be a nonprofit hospital in the United States (excluding territories)
  • Have a neonatal intensive care unit
  • Wait one year after receiving a Brave Beginnings grant to reapply (i.e. cannot have received a Brave Beginnings or Will Rogers Institute grant in the previous year)
  • Demonstrate a need for the neonatal equipment requested
  • Submit a request and have a specific purpose for the grant

For more information on our grant program or if you are experiencing technical difficulties with the application, please email bravebeginnings@wrmail.org or call (323) 688-2563. Note that the grant portal supports Chrome or Firefox browsers only.

the application portal for 2020 is now closed. grants will be awarded in the spring. check this page in October 2020 for the 2021 grant cycle.



Grant Recipients


Baptist Medical Center East
Montgomery, AL

CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital
Charleston, WV

CHI Health CUMC Bergan Mercy
Omaha, NE

Community Hospital East
Indianapolis, IN

Duke Regional Hospital
Durham, NC

Hennepin County Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN

Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children
Honolulu, HI

Nashville General Hospital
Nashville, TN

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center
Bangor, ME

Pikeville Medical Center
Pikeville, KY

Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Albuquerque, NM

The Brooklyn Hospital Center
Brooklyn, NY

University of Colorado Hospital
Aurora, CO

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
Glendale, CA

Valley Presbyterian Hospital
Van Nuys, CA

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center
Brooklyn, NY



Advocate Children’s Hospital – Park Ridge
Park Ridge, IL

Aurora Sinai Medical Center
Milwaukee, WI

Catawba Valley Medical Center
Hickory, NC

CHRISTUS Hospital St. Elizabeth
Beaumont, TX

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances – Tyler
Tyler, TX

Dell Children’s Medical Center
Austin, TX

El Paso Childrens Hospital
El Paso, TX

Hoop’s Family Children’s Hospital (Cabell Huntington Hospital)
Huntington, WV

HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital 
Green Bay, WI

Kalispell Regional Healthcare
Kalispell, MT

Kettering Medical Center
Dayton, OH

Maricopa Integrated Health System
Phoenix, AZ

McLeod Regional Medical Center of the Pee Dee, Inc.
Florence, SC

Nationwide Children’s
Columbus, OH

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark, NJ

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital
Columbia, SC

Peace Health Ketchikan Medical Center
Ketchikan, AK

Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center
Bellingham, WA

Piedmont Henry Hospital
Stockbridge, GA

South Shore Hospital
Weymouth, MA

Spartanburg Regional Medical Center
Spartanburg, SC

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
St. Louis, MO

St. John Hospital and Medical Center
Detroit, MI

St. John’s Regional Medical Center
Oxnard, CA

St. Peter’s Hospital
Albany, NY

Woman and Infants Hospital
Providence, RI


2017 Grant Program Recipients

Bridgeport Hospital
Bridgeport, CT

California Hospital Medical Center Foundation
Los Angeles, CA

CAMC Health Education and Research Institute
Charleston, WV

Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Children’s Hospital of Nevada
Las Vegas, NV

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Hartford, CT

Forrest General Hospital
Hattiesburg, MS

Greenville Memorial Hospital
Greenville, SC

Harris County Hospital District Foundation
Houston, TX

King’s Daughters Medical Center
Ashland, KY

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
Memphis, TN

Lubbock County Hospital
Lubbock, TX

Mercy Medical Center
Canton, OH

UnityPoint Health – St Luke’s
Sioux City, IA

Norton Children’s Hospital
Louisville, KY

Avista Adventist Hospital
Louisville, CO

Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns
San Diego, CA

Southeast Alabama Medical Center
Dothan, AL

St. Mary Medical Center
Long Beach, CA

St. Vincent’s Health System
Birmingham, AL

The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
Bronx, NY

University of Tennessee Medical Center
Knoxville, TN

Upstate University Hospital
Syracuse, NY


2016 Grant Program Recipients

Altru Hospital
Grand Forks, ND

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
Colton, CA

Aultman Hospital
Canton, OH

Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas
Beaumont, TX

CHI Health Good Samaritan
Kearney, NE

Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital 
New Brunswick, NJ

Children’s National Health System
Washington, DC

DCH Regional Medical Center
Tuscaloosa, AL

Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican Hospital
Henderson, NV

Eastern Maine Medical Center
Bangor, ME

Floyd Medical Center
Rome, GA

Good Samaritan Hospital
Los Angeles, CA

Hardin Memorial Health
Elizabethtown, KY

Huntsville Hospital
Huntsville, AL

Lafayette General Medical Center
Lafayette, LA

Little Company of Mary Hospital
Evergreen Park, IL

Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
Winston-Salem, NC

Peace Health Sacred Heart Medical Center
Springfield, OR

Piedmont Fayette Hospital
Fayetteville, GA

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
Mission Hills, CA

Rapid City Regional Hospital
Rapid City, SD

Riley Hospital for Children at                   Indiana University Health 
Indianapolis, IN

Rochester General Hospital
Rochester, NY

Sanford Bismark
Bismark, ND

St. Elizabeth Hospital
Appleton, WI

Truman Medical Center
Kansas City, MO

University of Iowa –                              Statewide Perinatal Care Program
Des Moines, IA

University of Maryland Medical Center
Baltimore, MD

West Penn Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA