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We believe everyone has the right to enjoy a healthy life. Where a person lives, works, learns, and plays can impact individual health as well as the health of our community. Services and programs that are available, accessible, prevention-focused, and culturally-welcoming are important building blocks for a healthy community.
Advancing Health Care Innovation & Equity
In 2024, Ashland Community Health Foundation is requesting proposals from nonprofits for health and wellness projects in Ashland, Talent, and/or Phoenix. We prioritize transformational ideas that create access to care where it did not previously exist, and projects that demonstrate a clear and measurable impact on improving the social determinants of health. Grants are made possible through generous contributions in support of community health and wellness.
Generally, ACHF offers grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. We value different perspectives and creative solutions to advance health care innovation and health equity. We believe the catalyst for change comes from organizations working together to leverage the power of partnerships.
The application window is open January 1 – 31.
Transformational health and wellness projects that expand or create access to care where it did not previously exist by bringing services and programs to Ashland, Talent, and Phoenix.
Projects of special interest include those that:
- Serve children, seniors, vulnerable, and/or historically excluded and underrepresented individuals and groups
- Promote health equity by building relationships and partnerships with community members to impact social determinants of health
- Foster innovative programs in collaboration with other organizations to develop new and equitable services
- Implement programs that promote trauma-informed care approaches
Grants will not be made for the following purposes:
- Debt retirement or operational deficits
- General fund
- Events and sponsorships
- Projects that have already been completed
- Projects with a fiscal agent
To be eligible for funding an organization must meet the following criteria:
- Be a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that is classified as a public charity under section 509(a) 1 or 2 of the United States tax code or have a nonprofit 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor with a documented agreement.
- Groups or projects with a fiscal sponsor must include a copy of their memorandum of understanding or a letter signed by the fiscal sponsor’s executive director or board president in their application.
- The administrative fee taken by the fiscal sponsor shall not exceed 10%.
- Serve the Ashland, Talent, and/or Phoenix populations.
- Agree to and maintain a nondiscrimination policy that does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, marital status, genetic information, veteran status and other factors protected by law.
- The program or service is secular and does not proselytize or witness to clients.
How to apply
- Review the foundation’s eligibility and guidelines carefully.
- Login or create an account for the ACHF online application system.
- Complete the Letter of Intent (LOI) and submit it by the January 31 deadline.
- Await a response to the LOI, which usually takes seven business days.
- If approved, complete the entire application and submit it using the online application system by the February 28 deadline.
- Final grant decisions will be made 8 to 10 weeks after the close of the application and funding will be issued promptly.
Final grant reports are due 12 months after the date of the award date, and an interim progress may also be assigned.
Get in touch
If you have questions, please reach out to email@example.com. We welcome any inquiries and will be as responsive as possible. If you want to have a chat before you apply, we welcome that, but it is not a requirement prior to submitting your LOI.
Frequently Asked Questions
My organization received a grant last year, can I apply again this year?
Yes. However, ACHF prioritizes transformational ideas that create access where it did not previously exist. As such, it is unlikely that organizations will be funded every year and should not rely on ACHF as a source of annual revenue.
Can my organization apply for annual operating support?
No. ACHF does not provide general fund/annual operating support.
What are the required attachments?
- IRS 501(c)3 Determination Letter
This letter is an official document issued to eligible nonprofit organizations by the IRS. View a sample letter here.
- Project Budget
The project budget is required and needs to include expenses and anticipated revenue sources to fully fund the project. You may use your own budget form or use the sample budget form template provided.
- Evaluation Tool
The tool you will use to measure and evaluate your project or your organization’s own success is required. You may use your own measurement tool or use one like the example provided.
- Letters of support
A letter of support is optional. If your organization is fiscally sponsored by another nonprofit, then you are required to provide a copy of the memorandum of understanding or a letter from the sponsor’s board chair or executive director. The MOU and/or letter should include the fiscal sponsor’s fee.
Some questions on the application refer to health equity, innovation, and social determinants of health. It is important that everyone has a shared understanding of what ACHF means by these terms.
- Health Equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness, and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care. [source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation]
- Innovation as defined by ACHF are programs and projects that adopt emerging technologies, implement new techniques, form partnerships, and/or new or nontraditional approaches to solving problems that lead to increased access to care.
- Social Determinants of Health are defined as the conditions in the environment where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality of life outcomes and risks. [source: health.gov]
- Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is an approach, based on knowledge of the impact of trauma, aimed at ensuring environments and services are welcoming and engaging for recipients and staff. [source: trauminformedoregon.org]
Can I Submit Multiple Applications?
No. In a calendar year an organization can receive either a Community Health & Wellness grant or an Impact grant.
If your organization applied for an Impact grant and was declined, please do not reapply in the same calendar year for a different Impact grant.
If your organization applied for a Community Health & Wellness grant and was declined, you can apply for an Impact grant in the same calendar year, if it is for a different project.
ACHF looks at each request and evaluates the best possible funding source.
What if the contact person for our organization has changed?
If the organization has a new contact person email firstname.lastname@example.org with the updated information and we will assist you.
I need technical assistance with the online application.
Contact email@example.com and someone will get back to you promptly.
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