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Geographic Focus

USA: Rhode Island

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Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island (FHRI) Grants

Rhode Island Foundation


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #154681

Grant Description

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Grants to Rhode Island nonprofit and faith-based organizations for workforce initiatives in the healthcare sector. Funding is intended for new and existing projects that support and enhance a diverse health workforce. Proposals may focus on any type of workforce across the continuum of professional, paraprofessional, and nontraditional roles. The Foundation is interested in supporting a broad range of retention approaches focused on varied segments of the workforce in different delivery settings.

To help reinforce and achieve the Health in Rhode Island priorities, the Foundation is issuing two FHRI RFPs as part of this cycle of the program. The first was issued in 2021 and focused on responding to behavioral health needs in the community. This second RFP of the FHRI focuses on supporting the health sector workforce, both in and beyond the traditional healthcare delivery system. Supporting the health sector workforce is a core priority of the Long-Term Health Planning committee, as well as the focus on an ongoing public-private health workforce planning process co-convened by Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor and Training, and the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, for which the Foundation is an active partner.

For the purposes of this RFP, the Foundation welcomes proposals to retain a racially, culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse health workforce.

The Foundation recognizes that this moment in time is one of heightened vulnerability for health providers and nonprofit organizations across the continuum of delivery settings. The Foundation also recognizes that there are structural factors to increasing retention that are beyond the scope of a one-time grant program (e.g., reimbursement rates).

Examples of work could include, but are not limited to, supports for professional development and leadership pathway opportunities; targeted wellness and trauma informed workplace programs; mentorship, sponsorship, and fellowship initiatives; and inter- or intra-organizational affinity group and peer support models.

Priorities

  1. Connections to broader anti-racist and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. 
  2. Meaningful design and participation from the workforce served by the project. 
  3. Responsiveness to the social determinants of workforce retention. 
  4. Clear demonstration of institutional commitment.
  5. Commitment to learning. 

For more information, see the Priorities tab on the URL for Full Text below. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants may include, but are not limited to, large and small health-focused organizations and collaborations between health-focused organizations (which may include other partners such as workforce training organizations; inter-provider organizations; and place-based collaboration (such as Health Equity Zones).

Eligibility:
- Nonprofit, 501(c) organizations located in and serving the state of Rhode Island are eligible to apply.
- The FHRI does not fund individuals, scholarships or research, capital or endowment efforts, or fundraising events.
- Grants may support faith-based organizations for secular programs or projects.
- Research as part of a program evaluation is permitted, however, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval or exemption must be obtained where human subjects are involved.
- The Rhode Island Foundation believes that the community can best be served by charitable organizations that both reflect and serve the diversity of the community. We do not award grants to applicants or for programs that have a policy that discriminates against any person or group in any way that is either unlawful or inconsistent with the mission or values of the Foundation.
- Organizations that are awarded a grant from the FHRI ARE eligible to apply to the Rhode Island Foundation for other grant support, though a pre-application conversation with a Program Officer would be advised.
- Please note: Applications will not be considered from organizations with overdue Rhode Island Foundation grant reports.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by November 4, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Notifications of decisions will be made in February 2023.

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

Approximately 6 to 8 grants are expected to be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $150,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Proposals may be for projects that are up to two years in duration.

Contact Information:

Apply online: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_5741?SA=SNA&FID=35279

Zachary Nieder
Senior Strategic Initiative Officer
(401) 427-4051
znieder@rifoundation.org

Rhode Island Foundation
One Union Station, Providence, RI 02903
(401) 274-4564
info@rifoundation.org

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