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Opportunity Grant

Grants to Greater Rochester, New York Nonprofits and Agencies
for Preventative Health Care and Health Services

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Greater Rochester Health Foundation (GRHF)

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Deadline Date:

09/13/18 Midnight


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Grants starting at $50,000 per year to New York nonprofits and public agencies, including school districts and municipalities, for programs and projects that aim to improve health outcomes in the Greater Rochester community. Letters of Intent are due by August 9, 2018.

The goal of the Opportunity Grant program is to provide the community with the ability to identify key health issues to address with Health Foundation funds. Because it is a nonstrategic area, all applicants with projects that meet the outlined criteria can submit proposals. Ideally, the impact from selected projects remains after grant funding ends.

The objective of this grant cycle is to award grants that will have maximum impact on the community’s health demonstrated through measurable health outcomes. The Health Foundation welcomes projects with a pilot approach for assessing the effectiveness of a new program. The 2019 Opportunity Grant cycle will support projects that align with Prevention and Health Care Delivery.

1. Prevention: The Health Foundation invests in health initiatives that help people make responsible choices, maintain good health status, prevent illness and disability, as well as effectively manage existing health conditions.

2. Health Care Delivery: The Foundation supports efforts that increase present and future affordability, accessibility and clinical quality of Greater Rochester's high quality health care system.

For the purposes of these grants, health includes physical health, behavioral health, dental health and environmental health. The Health Foundation will accept proposals in any of these areas for Opportunity Grant consideration.

Projects with a neighborhood focus should contain the following:

- Small, well-defined geographic area
- Specific focus such as smoking, diabetes, safe place to play, etc.
- Evidence of community engagement

The Foundation invites projects reflecting the following characteristics:

- 1-3 years in duration
- Small scale (pilot projects) to implement a new idea OR expansion of existing projects
- Budgets between $50,000 and $200,000 per year
- Evidence-based or evidence-informed/best practice models
- Aligned within Greater Rochester Health Foundation focus areas of Prevention or Heath Care Delivery
- Including if appropriate, attention to the needs of people whose health care needs have not been met because of race, ethnicity, or income
- Include plans for evaluation and quality improvement processes

Grant funds may be used to support project staff salaries, consultant fees, data collection and analysis, meetings, supplies, project-related travel, evaluation costs, and other direct expenses, including equipment essential to the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172677

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

The Foundation anticipates funding 4-7 projects, although the number of grants awarded is dependent upon applications and funding requests received.

Estimated Size of Grant:

$50,000 - $200,000 per year

Term of Contract:

The project period is from 1 to 3 years (from 2019 to 2022). The anticipated project start date should be May 1, 2019 or later.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Health Foundation will consider Opportunity Grant proposals from existing non-profit organizations, private foundations, public entities (municipal government and school districts) and other entities in Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Wayne, Seneca, Orleans, Wyoming, and Yates counties.

Projects focused on the following will not be considered:

- Health and wellbeing of children age 8 years or younger
- Implementation of the Delivery System Reform Payment (DSRIP) program
- Intervention models that are solely educational in the approach
- Capital requests that do not also include a project/intervention component

Grant funds may not be used to subsidize individuals for the cost of health care, for fundraising events or capital campaigns, to support clinical trials or other research, to construct or renovate facilities, for lobbying or political activities, for general operating expenses, to pay for the difference between third party payments and actual costs, or as a substitute for funds currently being used to support similar activities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Potential applicants may ask questions and receive clarifications about the RFP.
June 7, 2018, from 12pm to 1pm
Call in Number: 1 (408) 650-3123
Access Code: 312-023-285

A workshop on proposal preparation will be held on June 27, 2018 for interested applicants. You can check the Health Foundation website for registration details.

Pre-Application Information:

Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to access the RFP, FAQs, budget forms, and other templates.

All applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent prior to submission of a full proposal.

You are also welcome and encouraged to contact Sharon Legette-Sobers, Senior Program Officer, at the below email address and phone number to schedule an individual meeting to discuss your proposed project. Meeting requests will be taken until August 13, 2018. You may also email questions.

Key Dates:

May 18, 2018 Request for Proposal (RFP) Release
August 9, 2018 Required Letter of Intent Deadline
June 7, 2018 Teleconference
June 27, 2018 Applicant Workshop
May 18-August 12, 2018 Availability for individual meetings with applicants
September 13, 2018 Proposal Deadline
January 2019 Award Decisions
February 2019 Notification of Funding Decisions

To download the RFP:,

To download the FAQs document:,

To download the budget worksheet:,

To download the Budget justification template:,

To download the project narrative template:,

Contact Information:

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

Take the eligibilty quiz:

Program questions:
Sharon Legette-Sobers

On-line Grant System questions:
Jennifer Baker

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates Counties