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Community Connections Grant

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits, Schools, School Districts, IHEs, and Agencies
to Serve the Health Needs of Local Residents in Eligible Counties

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Funding Source:

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The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio

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Deadline Date:

04/14/20 12:00 Noon ET


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Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations, schools, school districts, IHEs, and government agencies to serve the health needs of local residents in eligible counties. Funding is intended to provide general operating support to organizations working in one of the follow areas: age-friendly communities, cavity-free kids, and healthy Ohioans. Organizations serving Northeast and Southwest Ohio are eligible to apply this round.

Community Connections is interested in organizations that foster community-driven, community-led projects and see the people they serve and their community as partners and co-creators, rather than as passive recipients of services. These organizations must also be working in HealthPath’s service area to achieve the following result areas:

  • Age-Friendly Communities: Older adults live and participate in communities to their fullest potential, free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation
  • Cavity-Free Kids: Ohio’s children ages 0–12 have healthy mouths
  • Healthy Ohioans: Ohioans have access to the resources they need to be healthy, including access to care and healthy food

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161849

Number of Grants:

HealthPath expects to fund up to 20 grants this year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for general operating support grants of $8,000 over 2 years ($4,000 per year).

Term of Contract:

The grant term will run from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Neighborhood associations, social and civic organizations, youth groups, school groups, 4-H clubs, scout troops, senior centers, faith-based organizations, health and social service care providers, schools or school districts, colleges or universities, and other organizations are eligible to apply.

The Foundation will also consider grant requests from government or quasigovernment agencies that demonstrate a strong relationship with the community.

If the association, club, or group interested is not an eligible organization, it must select a lead organization that will serve as fiscal agent if a grant is awarded. The lead organization must meet the eligibility criteria and will serve as the applicant for the proposal.

To be eligible for funding, an organization must meet all of the following criteria:
- Directly serve residents living in at least 1 of the 18 counties in Northeast or Southwest Ohio
- Work toward achieving at least 1 of the 3 HealthPath result areas (Age-Friendly Communities, Cavity-Free Kids, or Healthy Ohioans)
- Be a 501(c)(3) or other nonprofit organization; a nonprofit school, school district, college, or university; or a governmental or quasi-governmental organization

Organizations located outside the counties that are eligible this year are welcome to apply as long as they provide direct services to at least 1 of the 18 counties. Proposals from these organizations will be assessed on the organization’s work and community engagement within the 18 counties. Applicants will have to make a strong case for how they serve and are a part of the community in their proposal.

Pre-proposal Conference:

HealthPath is hosting two pre-application webinars for the 2020 round of Community Connections. Attendance is optional, but highly recommended. The Foundations has found that applicants that participate in the pre-application informational sessions are more likely to receive funding because they better understand the program guidelines.

Both webinars are identical; you need only attend one. The first webinar will be recorded and posted to the web site for people who are not able to attend live.

- Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at 1:00 pm

- Thursday, March 12, 2019, at 10:00 am

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Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for receipt of proposals is no later than 12:00 noon ET on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Proposals must be submitted through the online application system.

HealthPath will convene volunteer proposal readers to review the proposals, provide context about the communities in which the applicants work, and make recommendations for funding. Proposal readers will participate in a training session and receive a cohort of proposals for review in mid-April 2020. The panels will meet in May to discuss proposals and provide feedback to HealthPath staff, who will summarize the recommendations to present to the board in June. The HealthPath Board of Trustees will make the final decision on which proposals are funded.

- Thursday, February 27, 2020: RFP released
- Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. ET: Pre-Application Session #1
- Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. ET : Pre-Application Session #2
- Tuesday, April 14, at 12:00 noon ET: Full proposals due
- May 7-26, 2020: Review panels meet to discuss proposals
- June 2020: HealthPath staff will submit recommendations to the board for review and final approval
- June 12, 2020: The Foundation will announce which proposals will be funded
- July 1, 2020: Grant period begins and Year 1 funds disbursed
- Summer/Fall 2020: Community Connections Luncheon (date TBD)
- May 2021: Year 1 Check-in Call due (Information will be sent in April 2021)
- June 2021: Year 2 funds disbursed
- July 2022: Final Reports due (Information will be sent in May 2022)

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

For questions concerning the Community Connections initiative or proposal, please contact Christine Mulvin, Senior Program Officer, at or call 513-768-6117.

The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio
720 E. Pete Rose Way, ste 120
Cincinnati, OH 45202
513-241-2880 phone

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