Foundation / Corporation
5 Healthy Towns Foundation (5HF)
Grants to Chelsea Area, Michigan nonprofit organizations to promote health and wellness in local communities. Applicants may be required to submit a letter of inquiry prior to a full proposal. Applications will be considered for projects within the funding source’s service area of the Dexter, Chelsea, Stockbridge, Manchester, and Grass Lake school districts.
5H is comprehensive; impacting everyone by focusing on a variety of wellness related activites. It centers on four elements that are the core of 5HF's vision: Eat Better. Move More, Connect with Other in Healthy Ways, Avoid Unhealthy Substances.
5HF's philosophy adheres to its values of stewardship, innovation and collaboration. Funding will be granted to well-designed programs that are able to clearly identify expected outcomes. 5HF will consider programs and projects that fund-seekers identify as able to meet the current needs of a community or communities in the service area. In addition, funding will be available for visionary projects intended to improve a community's or communities' health measures. In some circumstances the 5HF may identify a nonprofit organization or group of nonprofit organizations and request development of a program to address a specific issue.
The 5HF philosophy is to be responsive, interactive and proactive in its efforts to improve the wellness of its communities.
5HF considers applications for funding community Comprehensive Wellness Plans. The Comprehensive Wellness Plan (Plan) are made up of multiple strategies, each with an identified nonprofit oversight organization. Funds will be distributed to the nonprofit, oversight organization. Plan funding will be referred to as 5H funding.
The Plan will be evaluated in its entirety to assure it addresses all four elements of a comprehensive plan (eat better, move more, avoid unhealthy substances and connect with others in healthy ways) or explains why the Plan is focused on specific elements. The Plan should have the potential to reach multiple segments of the community's population. In addition, individual strategies will be evaluated based on funding criteria, outlined below.
The community's Wellness Coalition is the clearinghouse for wellness-related activities seeking 5HF funding. The Wellness Coalition maintains the community's Comprehensive Wellness Plan. Even applicants requesting funds for projects across communities should begin by engaging the affected Wellness Coalitions.
Preference will be given to 5H Plans and applications outside 5H funding that:
-Are consistent with 5H's mission and address one or more of 5H's four vision elements (5H Plans must address all four)
-Address policy, infrastructure (built environment), systems or behavior/culture
-Show evidence of community collaboration
-Address the needs identified for the service area
-Demonstrate organizational capacity including
-Impact a large number of service area residents
-Are feasible (financially and otherwise)
-Collaborate with other service area communities
-Addresses health disparities
GrantWatch ID#: 160982
Only nonprofit organizations serving the 5HF service area are considered for funding.
Funding will only be made to nonprofit organizations that demonstrate sound accounting procedures.
No funds will be awarded to organizations with outstanding evaluation reports for any current or past CWF-supported projects.
The 5HF does not generally fund the following programs and projects:
-Benefiting an individual or a few people
Organizations with ideas for wellness activities that do not fit in the community's Plan may submit a letter of inquiry to CWF, including documentation from their Wellness Coalition, of actions taken to inform and discuss with the Wellness Coalition, the activity's potential for inclusion in the Plan. Documentation may take the form of meeting minutes, email correspondence or a letter from Wellness Coalition leadership.
If an organization's letter of inquiry is approved, an application for funding may be completed and submitted. The application will be evaluated based on funding criteria, outlined below.
A letter of inquiry will not be required for grant applications of less than $5,000 although documentation of discussions with the Wellness Coalition will still be required.
The Grant Committee meets every other month to review grant applications. Grant applications may be submitted up to 2 weeks prior to the Grant Committee meeting.
The deadlines to submit applications for 2018 are February 2nd, April 6th, June 1st, August 3rd, October 5th and December 7th.
More information about the 5H project vision may be found here:
Letter of Inquiry Instructions:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
If submitting an LOI, please mail or email to:
Sheila Gillman, Office Manager
Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation
310 N. Main St. Ste 203
Chelsea, MI 48118
USA: Michigan: School districts of Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester, and Stockbridge