Grants & Scholarships

MISSION ALIGNED COMMUNITY HEALTH GRANTS (MAJOR GRANTS)

We seek proposals for projects and programs where our resources can have a significant impact on a local health issue. We have a preference for partnering with other funders and organizations on an identified community health need that leverages the impact of our support.

Major Grants Guidelines

NOTE: Deadlines April 1 and October 1 of each year

  1. Grants will be awarded to organizations for programs and projects which benefit the people and communities of Whatcom County.
  2. The project for which the grant is requested must address a documented community health need; not an organizational need and demonstrate the ability to support a positive change in the health and well-being of Whatcom County communities and the people they serve.
  3. Applicants should actively collaborate with other organizations to meet unmet needs and be committed to not duplicating services. A thoughtful and well-planned approach to addressing a defined need will include demonstrated evidence of collaboration and partnership with other community organizations.
  4. CHF believes that engaging the voice and input of the communities to be served and other stakeholders is important in the program development and the ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of proposed services. Applicants should include documentation of initial and sustainable stakeholder/community input in their proposals.
  5. CHF encourages projects that promote health equity for all people in Whatcom County, consistent with findings and initiatives identified in the 2014 Community Health Improvement Plan and other community resources.
  6. Grant applications should document that access to their services comply with state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination based on gender, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, disability, veteran status or sexual identity.
  7. Organizations requesting funding should demonstrate financial health and ongoing sustainability.
  8. Projects which have been completed or are already underway are not eligible for funding.
  9. Proposals should not include fees payable to fund-raising counsel or political activity or lobbying.

STRATEGIC IMPACT FUND GRANTS 

It is CHF’s goal to allocate up to 50% of its annual grant funding to support key strategic impact projects aligned with the Community Health Improvement Plan and CHF’s strategic priorities. Strategic Impact grants may be eligible for multi-year funding. Organizations submitting grants within one of the strategic impact areas may be asked to refine the grant request in collaboration with other organizations and with a more targeted focus on the desired results.

Strategic Impact Fund Grant Guidelines

NOTE: Deadlines April 1 and October 1 of each year

  1. Strategic Impact Grants will respond to the following CHF Strategic Priorities:
    • A Neighborhood or School Based Community Health Initiative
    • Awareness of and Interventions to Address Opiate Abuse in Whatcom County
    • Healthy Aging Initiatives
    • Healthy Children & Families
    • Community Health Worker strategy to address social determinants of health
  2. Stakeholder Input/Community Voice. CHF believes that engaging the voice and input of the communities to be served and other stakeholders is important in the program development and the ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of proposed services. Applications should include documentation of an inclusive process that insures for initial and sustainable stakeholder/community input.
  3. Health Equity. CHF supports projects that promote health equity for all people in Whatcom County, consistent with findings and initiatives identified in the 2014 Community Health Improvement Plan and other community assessment efforts. Healthy People 2020 defines health equity as “attainment of the highest level of health for all people. It requires continuous efforts focused on elimination of health disparities, including disparities in health care and in the living and working conditions that influence health.” A commitment to equity does not mean an equal distribution of resources. It may require allocating additional resources to those populations experiencing disparities.
  4. Project leadership should demonstrate strong partnerships with diverse supports.
  5. Grant applications should document that access to their services comply with state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination based on gender, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, disability, veteran status or sexual identity.
  6. Organizations requesting funding should demonstrate financial and organizational health and ongoing sustainability.
  7. Return on Investment. The foundation will consider the programmatic, financial and overall community return on investment provided by the grant on the short and long term.

Reporting Requirements

  • Approved projects or initiatives will document the ability to measure progress according to key community based metrics mutually agreed upon to demonstrate progress toward proposed outcomes;
  • Willingness to participate with others in collecting and sharing data to determine if the overall health metrics for our community are being achieved;
  • Willingness to collect and share with the larger community the stories of the people who are impacted by these projects, and how their health, the health of their families and their future has been changed.
  • Willingness to collect and share with the larger community the stories on what is working and what is not; when it works and when it does not; how it works and how it does not.

GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS

STEP #1: Letter of Inquiry
If your organization is interested in applying for a major grant, please submit a letter of inquiry outlining the basic proposal (one page) to the Executive Director  followed by scheduling a meeting with the Executive Director. If there is mutual interest in pursuing the proposal, completion of a formal grant request will be recommended.

STEP #2: Completing a full application
Major grant application deadlines are April 1st and October 1st of each year. Submissions need to include all the information required in the application format, address the review criteria and provide all supporting documentation by the grant deadline.

STEP #3: The Review Process
Grant applications are reviewed and prioritized by the CHF Grants Committee which is made up of Board members and community representatives.  The initial review is conducted within 30 days of receipt of your application. After the initial review you may be contacted for additional information or a site visit. Applicants who have been screened out for further consideration will be notified within 60 days of receipt of the application.

Final funding recommendations are made to the Foundation board of directors for action in mid to late July for applications submitted on April 1st and in late January for applications submitted on October 1st.  Applicants will be notified immediately following the meeting regarding the status of their request

A well-received proposal will include:

  • Documentation of a well-defined community health need.
  • A thoughtful and well-planned approach to addressing the defined need with demonstrated evidence of collaboration and partnerships with other community organizations.
  • Documentation of other funding sources with the potential for matching dollars.
  • Efficient use of resources.
  • Demonstration of coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations to minimize duplication of services and maximize community capacity to meet need.
  • Community involvement and support, and volunteer participation.

Grants Application

Application Format
All information requested in the format, as well as supporting documentation, is due at the grant deadline. Applicants should include the following in their submission:

1. Applicant Information and description including:

  • legal name and address
  • name, title, address and telephone number of the person charged with the responsibility for the application
  • a description of the organization and its qualifications in the area for which funds are sought
  • a list of names and primary affiliation of the organization’s Board of Directors
  • statement of the organization’s financial status, preferably an audited balance sheet and income statement for the most recent fiscal year
  • copy of the most recent ruling from the Internal Revenue Service stating that the organization is tax exempt under section 501 (c)(3)
  • statement from the organization’s chief operating officer that the project has been reviewed and recommended for submission to the Foundation

2. Proposed Project Overview:

  • description of the community need that the proposal is intended to address
  • description of the project and what it  is expected to achieve
  • description of the people, organizations or groups expected to benefit from the project’s outcome and the ways they would benefit
  • documentation of collaboration and partnering with other community organizations
  • description of the plan of action and a timetable for implementation
  • method and criteria for assessing the project’s effectiveness
  • qualifications, experience and affiliations of people involved in implementing the project

3. Project Finances

  • detailed expense budget for the project indicating how the requested funds are to be spent
  • description of other possible sources of support which have been or will be solicited for the project
  • explanation of implications for project implementation if grant is denied or not fully funded

SCHOLARSHIPS

The Lois Jean Roberts Nursing Scholarship Program was established in memory of Lois Jean Roberts, wife of James Roberts, St. Luke’s Foundation Executive Director from 1983 – 1996.

The program is designed to promote and expand opportunities for qualified students to attend and complete their nursing education, specifically for RN and BSN degrees.

Applications are accepted April 15th through May 20th, 2017 (application deadline).

Lois Jean Roberts Nursing Scholarship applicants must:

  • Either reside in Whatcom County or have graduated from a Whatcom County high school.

AND

  • Be acceptance into a qualified nursing program at one of the following schools: Whatcom Community College, Bellingham Technical College, Western Washington University or Skagit Valley College. 

More information on the scholarships can be found here.

Laurendeau Cancer Care Fund 

Founded in 1980, the Laurendeau Cancer Care Fund is named after Dr. Theresa Laurendeau, a retired Bellingham Pathologist.

After many years of serving at what was then St. Luke’s Hospital, she was exposed to the mental and financial burdens faced by cancer patients and their families. She provided the foundation’s initial funding which has assisted over 500 Whatcom County cancer patients in paying for medical expenses who aren’t eligible for public assistance or have limited resources.

If you are interested in applying for Laurendeau Cancer Care Fund support, contact Chuckanut Health Foundation. If you are interested in making a donation, please indicate that you would like your gift go to Laurendeau Cancer Care Fund when you make you donation. You can make a donation on-line, by phone or by check. Thank you!

“God bless you and the Laurendeau Foundation. You will not be forgotten.”

Anthony Lewis

grant recipient

Eleanor and Henry Jansen Foundation

The Eleanor & Henry Jansen Foundation, a supporting organization of Chuckanut Health Founda-tion, was founded in 1998 to honor the legacy of philanthropy shown by Eleanor & Henry Jansen in their lifetime. This foundation offers support to 501 (c)(3) agencies and organizations in Whatcom County for various programs and projects, especially those with a focus on youth. The Board meets quarterly.

Please see below for the Foundation’s Grant Guidelines. Applications are taken quarterly, deadlines are October 10th, January 10th, April 10th, and July 10th. For further information, please call Sue Sharpe at (360) 671-3349.

Jansen Foundation Grant Guidelines

  1. While the Board does not exclude requests from a broad geographical area, especially areas of interest to Lynden Inc. and family members, the focus will be on Whatcom County requests and programs.
  2. An occasional grant for overhead/administrative expenses may be considered, but the primary focus will be on projects that touch a number of people in the Whatcom County area.
  3. Special consideration will be given to projects that were important to Eleanor and Henry Jansen during their lifetime.
  4. As our next generation of leaders, the youth of this community will receive priority when considering grant requests.
  5. Local organizations that meet the Foundation’s Guidelines and have a substantial volunteer base should emphasize this in their grant application.
  6. The Foundation is concerned that organizations look to all sources available for funding.  Applicants should list their financial support sources and other parties from whom they are requesting and/or receiving funds.  Projects that are requesting partial funding, with the remaining funds to come from other matching sources, are encouraged.
  7. In general, the Foundation does not award grants for projects that have already been completed.
  8. No grant requests will be accepted within 14 days of the next scheduled Board meeting.  For information on scheduled meetings, applicants should contact the Foundation office at 360-671-3349.