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Opportunity Grant

Grants to 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

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LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

09/12/17 Midnight


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Grants starting at $50,000 to New York nonprofits and public agencies (including school districts and municipalities) for programs and projects that aim to improve health outcomes in select Counties. LOIs are due by August 8, and a teleconference will be held on June 15. Applicants may also contact the Senior Program Officer to schedule individual meetings to discuss the proposed project before August 12.

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. This Opportunity Grant cycle will support projects that align with the following Health Foundation priorities:

- 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.

- 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
- Anticipated project start date of May 1, 2018 or later

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 2018 to 2021). The anticipated project start date should be May 1, 2018 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.

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.

Projects focused on the following will not be considered:

- Childhood overweight and obesity prevention and treatment
- 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
- Health issues of children age 12 years or younger

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:

Teleconference: Wednesday June 15, 2017 at 12 noon. Potential applicants may ask questions and receive clarifications about the RFP. Instructions will be available on the Health Foundation web site, prior to June 15, 2017.

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 12, 2017. You may also email questions.

Key Dates:

Request for Proposal (RFP) Release: May 17, 2017
Required Letter of Intent Deadline: August 8, 2017
Teleconference: June 15, 2017
Availability for individual meetings with applicants: May 17-August 12, 2017
Proposal Deadline: September 12, 2017
Award Decisions: January 2018
Notification of Funding Decisions: February 2018

Contact Information:

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

To submit your LOI:

For program/content information: Sharon Legette-Sobers at 585-258-1710 or

For technical support: Call 585-258-1740 or

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

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