CHI Community Initiatives 2020-09-25T09:09:47+00:00

2020 CHI Community Initiatives

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About This Funding

La iniciativa Coalitions for Health Improvement (CHI en inglés) y la Comunidad de Salud Responsable del Norte Central (NCACH en inglés) se enorgullecen, una vez más, de ofrecer a los socios de la comunidad la oportunidad de financiar iniciativas comunitarias.

El fondo para iniciativas comunitarias CHI se dedica a:

  • Mejorar la salud y el bienestar de las comunidades desatendidas en los condados de Chelan, Douglas, Grant y Okanogan
  • Desarrollar programas, proyectos y estrategias innovadoras que vinculen a los aliados comunitarios y mejoren la salud a nivel local
  • Promover enfoques creativos y colaborativos para mejorar la salud y lo relacionado a la misma como la vivienda, educación, alimentación, transporte y oportunidades de empleo
  • Ofrecer oportunidades para aprender conjuntamente a nivel regional

Este financiamiento se otorga a través de un proceso de inversión comunitario gestionado por Coalitions for Health Improvement. El proceso incluye la interacción con los comités locales de Coalitions for Health Improvement y, entre otras cosas: Comentarios sobre la carta de intención (LOI en inglés), revisión y puntuación de la solicitud, y visitas presenciales a los solicitantes.

¿QUIÉN PUEDE SOLICITAR EL FINANCIAMIENTO? Esta oportunidad de financiación está abierta para las comunidades de los condados de Chelan, Douglas, Grant y Okanogan.

Premios: Los premios de financiación para proyectos van desde $500 hasta más de $150,000

Para solicitarlo: Todos los solicitantes deben enviar una carta de intención para poder enviar una solicitud con su proyecto antes del 9 de septiembre de 2020

El fondo para iniciativas comunitarias CHI es posible gracias a la NCACH, que forma parte del Proyecto de Transformación de Medicaid a nivel estatal. En el 2019, ocho finalistas fueron premiados por proyectos que iban desde la ayuda a jóvenes sin hogar, un banco de comida móvil, un kit de actividades recreativas sensoriales para niños con espectro autista, hasta un programa piloto de transporte para los residentes de la casa comunitaria Oxford.

Se recibirán cartas de intención hasta el 9 de septiembre de 2020

Procedimientos para rellenar y presntar la solicitud de financiancion
Aplicaciones Español

The Coalitions for Health Improvement (CHI) Community Initiatives funding is made possible by the North Central Accountable Community of Health (NCACH) under the statewide Medicaid Transformation. This funding is for local and regional initiatives across Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties with the goal of advancing whole person health.

CHI Community Initiatives funding is dedicated to:

  • Improving health and wellness of underserved communities across Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties
  • Developing innovative programs, projects, and strategies that connect community partners and improve health locally
  • Promoting creative and collaborative approaches to improve health and factors that affect health like housing, education, nutrition, transportation, and employment opportunities
  • Providing opportunities for shared and regional learning

Funding is intended to be used to catalyze new efforts and/or expand current efforts to address the social determinants of health, advance whole person health, and promote community – clinical collaborations in North Central Washington.

This is not a traditional grant program. This funding is awarded through a community investment process managed by the Coalitions for Health Improvement. This process includes interaction with the local Coalitions for Health Improvement, including but not limited to: Letter of Intent (LOI) feedback, application review and scoring, and award finalist selection. The Coalitions are looking to fund initiatives that demonstrate innovation, collaboration, and connection to local health needs in the region. Funded applicants will be asked to communicate progress regularly with their local Coalitions, as well as provide other opportunities for CHI member involvement in their projects, as appropriate.

The Coalitions for Health Improvement have identified the following focus areas as top health needs in the region. While projects are not limited to only these focus areas, project applications must be able to demonstrate how their project addresses a direct need in the community.

Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and/or Building Resiliency Behavioral Health, including Substance Use Disorder Child Care and Services for Youth Employment
Education Food Security Health Equity / Social Justice Housing / Homelessness
Reproductive and Pre/Neo-Natal Support Social Service(s) Coordination Suicide Prevention Transportation

Please note, the above list of focus areas is not exhaustive and additional focus areas will be considered for funding by the Coalitions for Health Improvement. If the selected focus area is not listed above, the application must clearly articulate justification for this focus area (i.e. provide rationale between the approach and intended impact).

New this year: In response to some of the impacts and uncertainty created by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, applicants will be asked to describe and evaluate their proposed project for potential impacts, risks, and strategies to mitigate impacts caused by the pandemic while addressing selected focus areas above.

Project proposals that have been developed in response to COVID-19 and promote community health will be accepted for review.

The use of evidence-based practices, research-based practices, and promising practices are highly encouraged wherever possible. (See our Evidence-based Practices Executive Summary to learn more.)

Award Size

Anticipated total available funding for the 2020 Community Initiatives project cycle is $450,000. Individual award amounts will vary based on the scope of the proposed project and will be assessed using the following project size tiers below:

Project Size Small
($25K or less)
Medium
($25K – $75K)
Large
($75K – $150K)
Duration Up to 1 year, with optional plan for extension and/or sustainability beyond NCACH’s investment Up to 1 year, with optional plan for extension and/or sustainability beyond NCACH’s investment Up to 1 year, with optional plan for extension and/or sustainability beyond NCACH’s investment

Length of Project Period

Projects can start as early as January 1, 2021 and can request funding for one year. NCACH funds are to be expended through a contracted period of one year (January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021). Multi-year project proposals may be submitted but must demonstrate a plan for financial sustainability beyond NCACH’s investment, if awarded.

For Large Projects: The most competitive applications will show how these funds will be utilized to create long-term, sustainable change.

Allowable Expenditures
Funding can be used for one-time investments (e.g. acquiring a resource or hosting an event) or a sustained initiative.
Funding should not be used to replace existing funding streams.
Funding is intended to be seed money to support the development of sustainable efforts.
Funding is not intended to provide sustained programmatic support but rather to provide monetary support where there are short term financial barriers to implementing initiatives.

Priority Elements

In order to reach more diverse and underserved communities, this funding has a ‘mix and match’ requirement for all project applications over $25,000.

All Medium project applications requesting funding must be able to demonstrate at least two of the Priority Elements listed below.
Any Large project applications must be able to demonstrate all three of the Priority Elements listed below.

  1.  Counties served: Project must serve more than one of NCACH’s four counties – Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan.
    • Please note that in order to meet the “Counties Served” Priority Element requirement:
      • At least 15% of the target population(s) that will be impacted as outlined in the project application must reside in different counties (e.g. 85% of the people served by the project reside in Okanogan County and 15% of the people served by the project reside in Grant County).
      • A project only operating in Wenatchee – East Wenatchee Urban Growth Area is not considered to be multi-county.
      • To be considered eligible, any applications submitted for Very Large Projects must demonstrate reach beyond the Wenatchee Valley.
  2. Partnering organizations: Project must include at least one other committed partner that represents a different sector than the applicant organization (e.g. healthcare and education).
  3. Project focus areas:  Project must include approaches to address at least two of the project focus areas identified below.

This funding opportunity is open to community partners located in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties who are interested in improving health and addressing the social determinants of health, especially for low-income populations. NCACH is seeking responses from a broad range of partners from throughout the region, including but not limited to community-based organizations, social service agencies, educational institutions, law enforcement agencies, and clinical partners. Grass-roots, community-driven efforts and coalitions are eligible to apply for funding but will be required to identify a lead organization that can enter into contracts on their behalf.

This following entities are encouraged to apply:

Coalitions and community groups Community-based and nonprofit organizations Education Faith Communities
Government Healthcare – Hospital Healthcare – Clinic or independent provider Neighborhood groups
Private Sector Social Service Providers Support Groups Tribes

In order to be eligible, Whole Person Care Collaborative (WPCC) partner organizations, Transitional Care and Diversion Interventions (TCDI) partner organizations must include a minimum of one non-Whole Person Care Collaborative and/or non-TCDI partner organization, or tribal entity as a listed partner in the application. Additionally, this funding cannot be used to support or fund other NCACH Medicaid Transformation Project work (e.g. continued funding for WPCC or TCDI activities.)

Past applicants are eligible to submit proposals, including previously unfunded proposals from 2019. Funded partners are able to submit a proposal for additional funds for projects funded in 2019, so long as their proposal demonstrates an enhancement or expansion in geographic area, or population demographic served.

Applicants must submit a required letter of intent to be eligible to submit a project application. All submitted letters of intent will receive electronic feedback from one of the three Coalitions for Health Improvement and be invited to attend an optional feedback session. Project applicants will not be required to incorporate suggested feedback, but it is encouraged.

All applicants must submit a “Letter of Intent to Submit an Application” by 5:00 pm PST on Friday, September 9, 2020. Although a letter of intent is required, it is not binding. The information allows for bi-directional feedback between the applicant(s) and the community or communities they wish to serve.
Following the Letter of Intent submission and review process, applicants will be notified if they are eligible to submit a project application.

Project application deadline is October 9, 2020

All submitted applications will be subject to a series of reviews and receive a score from a committee of Coalition for Health Improvement members. Applications will be evaluated based on application scoring criteria. Application scoring criteria are described in attachment CHI Community Initiatives Project Application Scoring Criteria.

Top scoring applications will be advanced to a local committee of Coalition for Health Improvement members who will make final recommendations for the NCACH Governing Board to review for final approval.

Applicants will be notified via email if their project is awarded funding.

Application Submission and Review Timeline

  • August 20, 2020 – Prospective Applicant Informational Webinar (optional)
  • September 9, 2020 – Letters of Intent deadline (required for all projects)
    • Through September 2020 – Letters of Intent submitted to Coalitions for Health Improvement for review
    • October 2, 2020 – Feedback shared with Project Applicants to incorporate into project applications as desired
  • October 9, 2020 –Project Applications Due
    • October – November 2020 – Application review
  • December 15, 2020 – Project applicants notified of awards
  • January 1, 2021 – Project period begins
  • $22,500.00 to North Central Washington Economic Development District to support a business innovation competition, targeting small-business economic growth and employment in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan Counties.
  • $9,900.00 to North Central Regional Library to support story time programming and travelling kits for children on the autism spectrum across the North Central Region.
  • $22,500.00 to Okanogan County Community Coalition to enhance ongoing resiliency initiatives and programming in Okanogan County.
  • $22,500.00 to Oxford House Resident Transit Solution Committee to fund a pilot project that supports transportation services for members of the Oxford House community in Chelan County.
  • $22,500.00 to Communities in Schools of North Central Washington to support a full-time coordinator position in the Orondo and Waterville School Districts.
  • $125,000.00 to Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council to support a mobile food pantry and expansion of food access services in Chelan and Douglas Counties.
  • $100,000.00 to Okanogan County Community Action Council to support wrap-around services and coordination for homeless and unaccompanied youth in Okanogan County.
  • $125,100.00 to Grant Integrated Services to expand and enhance the work of the Grant County Suicide Prevention Taskforce across Grant County.

The deadline to submit Letters of Intent has passed.

Please check back later for more opportunities with NCACH.

La iniciativa Coalitions for Health Improvement (CHI en inglés) y la Comunidad de Salud Responsable del Norte Central (NCACH en inglés) se enorgullecen, una vez más, de ofrecer a los socios de la comunidad la oportunidad de financiar iniciativas comunitarias.

El fondo para iniciativas comunitarias CHI se dedica a:

  • Mejorar la salud y el bienestar de las comunidades desatendidas en los condados de Chelan, Douglas, Grant y Okanogan
  • Desarrollar programas, proyectos y estrategias innovadoras que vinculen a los aliados comunitarios y mejoren la salud a nivel local
  • Promover enfoques creativos y colaborativos para mejorar la salud y lo relacionado a la misma como la vivienda, educación, alimentación, transporte y oportunidades de empleo
  • Ofrecer oportunidades para aprender conjuntamente a nivel regional

Este financiamiento se otorga a través de un proceso de inversión comunitario gestionado por Coalitions for Health Improvement. El proceso incluye la interacción con los comités locales de Coalitions for Health Improvement y, entre otras cosas: Comentarios sobre la carta de intención (LOI en inglés), revisión y puntuación de la solicitud, y visitas presenciales a los solicitantes.

¿QUIÉN PUEDE SOLICITAR EL FINANCIAMIENTO? Esta oportunidad de financiación está abierta para las comunidades de los condados de Chelan, Douglas, Grant y Okanogan.

Premios: Los premios de financiación para proyectos van desde $500 hasta más de $150,000

Para solicitarlo: Todos los solicitantes deben enviar una carta de intención para poder enviar una solicitud con su proyecto antes del 9 de septiembre de 2020

El fondo para iniciativas comunitarias CHI es posible gracias a la NCACH, que forma parte del Proyecto de Transformación de Medicaid a nivel estatal. En el 2019, ocho finalistas fueron premiados por proyectos que iban desde la ayuda a jóvenes sin hogar, un banco de comida móvil, un kit de actividades recreativas sensoriales para niños con espectro autista, hasta un programa piloto de transporte para los residentes de la casa comunitaria Oxford.

Se recibirán cartas de intención hasta el 9 de septiembre de 2020

Procedimientos para rellenar y presntar la solicitud de financiancion
Aplicaciones Español
Download Letter of Intent Submission Guidelines
Download 2020 Application Procedures and Attachments
Download Project Application (Fillable PDF)
Download Project Application (Word)

Contact Us

For questions about the Coalitions for Health Improvement, or the Community Initiatives funding, please contact Communications and Engagement Manager, Sahara Suval.

Email Sahara││ 509-886-6441

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