Funding will be made by invitation only. The specific application process will be developed uniquely for each funding initiative.
Purpose of Strategic Initiative Grants
The Foundation has identified the following areas to concentrate some of its energies and resources. These issues are not intended to be interpreted as the most important issues affecting our community but rather the issues the Foundation has identified to focus special attention for greater impact.
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Care of the Elderly
- Obesity and Diabetes Prevention
- Community Clinics for the Underinsured
Identifying specific areas of interest will allow staff to be attentive to emergent needs and gaps in service and leverage the Foundation’s position in the community to convene potential program and funding partners. By being mindful of potential opportunities within these issue areas, the Foundation will still be responsive to the needs of the community, as identified by those with the expertise: the nonprofit organizations that serve the community.
Within the above priority areas, for funding to be considered, activities should
- Address issues early through prevention or early intervention.
- Have a prevention or health education focus.
- Demonstrate to address an unmet need or root cause.
- Be based on a proven model of practice or a model likely to provide evidence of the program’s impact.
- Have a potential to be taken to scale or replicated for greater impact.
- Be likely to attract other funding support.
In identifying potential Strategic Initiative Grant projects, the following questions will be considered
- Within these areas, what are some specific issues that the Foundation can concentrate on that will help create a lasting change?
- What impact are you hoping to effect? Is this a lasting change?
- What are the needs as determined by sound research and experts in the field?
- Who else addresses these areas? How?
- Who are the stakeholders?
- What has been identified by other funders as priority areas? This should be a consideration as it might increase the likelihood of leveraging additional funds from other funders.
The Foundation has established the following goal statements for the four Strategic Initiatives interest areas
- To support the care of the elderly and reduce the need for institutionalization so that they can continue to thrive and still maintain their independence.
- To reduce the incidence and severity of mental illness through education, early diagnosis, and support for children with early signs of mental illness.
- To reduce the impact of obesity and diabetes by supporting preventive health measures and early intervention.
- To support non-profit community clinics serving the underinsured.