CHI Community Initiatives 2019-09-16T08:26:07+00:00

2019 Community Initiatives Funding Opportunity

Applications are now closed for 2019 CHI Community Initiatives Funding

About This Funding

The Coalitions for Health Improvement Community Initiatives Funding is made possible by the North Central Accountable Community of Health (NCACH) under the statewide Medicaid Transformation Project. In December 2018, NCACH allocated $450,000 to be invested into local and regional health initiatives across Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties with the goal of advancing Whole Person Health.

NCACH tasked the Coalitions for Health Improvement (CHI) to develop a community investment process to fund innovative and collaborative efforts to improve health and wellness for underserved communities across North Central Washington.

Community Initiatives Funding is dedicated to:

  • Improving health and wellness for underserved communities across Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties
  • Developing innovative programs, projects, and strategies that connect community and clinical partners to better deliver services and care to our community members
  • Promoting creative and collaborative approaches to address health and things that affect health like housing, education, nutrition, transportation, and employment opportunities
  • Bringing together cross-sector partners and community voices
  • Providing opportunities for shared and regional learning

This funding will be awarded through a community investment process managed through the Coalitions for Health Improvement. This process includes interaction with the Coalitions for Health Improvement, including but not limited to: Letter of Intent (LOI) feedback, recommendations on submitted applications, application review and scoring, and site visits to funded applicants.

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.

Award Size

Anticipated total available funding for the 2019 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)
Very Large
($150K – $300K)
Duration Up to 1 year Up to 1 year, with optional plan for extension and/or self-sustainability Up to 1 year, with optional plan for extension and/or self-sustainability Up to 1 year, with optional plan for extension and/or self-sustainability
Priority elements No required priority elements 1 required priority element 2 required priority elements All priority elements required

Length of Project Period
Project lengths will vary based on the amount requested by the applicant. Project applications requesting $25,000 or less can start as early as January 1, 2020 and can request funding for up to one year. Project applications requesting more than $25,000 can start as early as March 1, 2020. Projects and initiatives that are designated to span more than one year must demonstrate a plan for financial sustainability and, in some cases, sources of additional or matched funding.

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

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 must be able to demonstrate at least one of the identified Priority Elements listed below.
All Large project applications requesting funding must be able to demonstrate at least two of the Priority Elements listed below.
Any Very 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.

The Coalitions for Health Improvement have selected the following focus areas as top priority needs for 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.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Behavioral Health Child Care and Services for Youth Employment
Food Security Housing/Homelessness Primary Care Resiliency
Social Service(s) Coordination Substance Use Disorder Suicide Prevention Trauma-Informed Care

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 a priority focus area listed above, the application must clearly articulate justification for this focus area (ie. provide rationale between the approach and intended impact). Additionally, an application may select more than one focus area.

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

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, and the Pathways Community HUB Lead Agency, must include a minimum of one non-Whole Person Care Collaborative and/or non-TCDI partner organization or tribal entity as a partnering organization in the application. Additionally, this funding is not to be used to support or fund other NCACH Medicaid Transformation Project work (e.g. continued funding for WPCC or TCDI activities.)

Interested in learning more about community partner’s projects or looking for partners to support your project? Check out our Prospective Partner Roster. It’s a resource designed to connect prospective partners across the region.

CHI Community Initiatives Project Applications will be subject to specific review and submission requirements based on the amount of project funding requested.

Download Project Application Submission Guidelines

Applicants must submit a required letter of intent to be eligible to submit a project application. Projects requesting more than $25,000 will receive electronic feedback from one of the three Coalitions for Health Improvement. Those applicants will be invited to attend an optional feedback session hosted by the North Central Accountable Community of Health. All applicants must submit a “Letter of Intent to Submit an Application” by 5:00 pm PST on Friday, August 16, 2019. 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, those requesting more than $25,000 who are invited to apply will receive feedback that they can incorporate into their project applications as desired. Project applicants will not be required to incorporate suggested feedback, but it is encouraged.

Download Letter of Intent Submission Guidelines

Project application deadlines will be based on project size:

  • Small projects ($1 – $25,000): Project applications due September 6, 2019
  • Medium projects ($25,001 – $75,000): Project applications due November 1, 2019
  • Large projects ($75,001 – $150,000): Project applications due November 1, 2019
  • Very large projects (more than $150,000): Project applications due November 1, 2019
Download Project Application

All submitted applications will be subject to a series of reviews and receive a score. Top scoring applications will be advanced to an award committee before final recommendations are made to the NCACH Governing Board for final approval and funds allocation.

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

Resources

An informational session was hosted via webinar on July 11 for potential applicants

Project Application Submission and Review Timeline

  • July 2019 – Letter of Intent and Project Applications released
  • July 11, 2019Project Application Informational Webinar 
  • August 16, 2019 – Letters of Intent Deadline (required for all projects)
  • September 6, 2019 Small Project Applications Due
  • September – October – Application review process
  • November 15, 2019 – Project applicants notified of awards
  • July 2019 – Letter of Intent and Project Applications released
  • July 11, 2019Project Application Informational Webinar
  • August 16, 2019 – Letters of Intent Deadline (required for all projects)
  • September 6, 2019 – Letters of Intent submitted to Coalitions for Health Improvement for review
  • October 4, 2019 – Feedback shared with Project Applicants to incorporate into project applications as desired
  • October 16, 2019 – Applicant informational Q&A session webinar (more information to be released)
  • November 1, 2019 – Project Applications Due
  • November 2019 – January 2020 – Application review process
  • February 14, 2020 – Project applicants notified of awards

Applications Now Open

Download Project Application Submission Guidelines
Download Letter of Intent and Submission Guidelines
Download Project Application

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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