Mission-Aligned Community Health Grants

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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 are 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

    • Aging Well 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 are important in the program development and the ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of proposed services. Applications should include documentation of an inclusive process that ensures 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 the 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 send or email a letter of inquiry (LOI) outlining the basic proposal (one page) to info at chuckanuthealthfoundation.org.  The Executive Director will review the LOI and will respond as needed.

If there is mutual interest in pursuing the proposal, completion of a formal grant request will be recommended.

STEP #2: Providing 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 application 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 the 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 the implications for project implementation if the grant is denied or not fully funded