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Partners for Health Foundation Grants

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits to Address Unmet Health
Needs in Eligible Communities in Essex and Passaic Counties

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Grants to New Jersey nonprofit organizations to meet the health needs of eligible communities in Essex and Passaic Counties. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Applications are invited from organizations that advocate for and identify vulnerable populations, build upon existing assets, offer innovative approaches to addressing unmet community health needs, and continuously measure their efforts to ensure impact and improve performance. The Foundation also encourages initiatives that are replicable and sustainable.

Funding Priorities:

Partners for Health invests in programs and policies that lead to healthy communities and healthy lifestyles. The Foundation focuses its support on these priority areas:
-Chronic Disease Prevention
-Hunger and Homelessness
-Mental Health
-Aging in our Communities

Evidence suggests that nonprofits that collaborate and coordinate efforts can make a greater impact. Therefore, priority will be given to those proposals that demonstrate collaborative efforts.

Chronic Disease Prevention:

Partners for Health welcomes proposals that support making the healthy choice the easy choice by following the three recommendations for healthy eating and active from the Centers for Disease Control:
-Encouraging communities to organize for change
-Creating safe communities that support physical activity
-Promoting the availability of healthy and affordable food and beverages

Partners for Health also seek proposals that aim to:
-Foster healthy people in healthy places through policy and environmental changes that make it easy to eat well and move naturally in day to day activities
-Develop strategies to help us live longer, better lives where we live, learn, work and play
-Implement strategies that have been developed by Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) partners

Hunger and Homelessness:

Food and housing insecurity negatively impacts the health and wellness of community members. Partners for Health encourages the submission of proposals that:
-Improve the housing stability and economic security of local residents
-Advocate for the systemic changes needed to end homelessness in local communities
-Increase access to emergency housing

Food pantries and soup kitchens that are located in the funding source’s service area and are members of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey may be eligible for produce purchasing grants; please contact staff for more information.

Mental Health:

Partners for Health seeks to fund projects that reduce stigma and increase access to supportive behavioral health services. Partners for Health welcomes proposals that:
-Positively impact the delivery of and access to affordable behavioral health services
-Create systemic change to promote and foster youth resiliency
-Address the mental health needs of aging residents by providing comprehensive case management and coordinated care services

Aging in Our Communities:

Partners for Health funds efforts to implement policies that ensure older residents can thrive in their home community for as long as possible. The goal is to transform communities from a good place to live into a great place in which to grow older. Partners for Health encourages proposals that promote age-friendly strategies and practices, particularly those that enhance the World Health Organization’s 8 Domains for Age Friendly Cities.

-Outdoor Spaces and Buildings: Age friendly pavements, overall accessibility and safe environments
-Transportation: Availability, reliability and frequency of public transportation, and age-friendly vehicles
-Housing: Affordability, housing options and access to services
-Social Participation: Access and awareness of activities and events, and encouragement of participation while addressing isolation
-Respect and Social Inclusion: Social engagement within the community, helpfulness of the community and economic inclusion
-Civic Participation and Employment: Volunteering and employment opportunities
-Communication and Information: Age-friendly formats and designs
-Community and Health Services: Accessible care, home care, and networks of community services

Supported Projects:

-Demonstration projects (designed to be replicated by other non-profit service providers); pilot projects (which may result in new and better ways in which to provide services); and collaborative projects between two or more organizations.

-Capital projects may be considered should they address one of the Foundation’s priority health care funding areas and have the potential to provide significant benefit to local communities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174578

Term of Contract:

Partners for Health will consider making grants that are paid out over several years. Payments after the first year will be contingent upon sufficient progress of the funded program, as demonstrated in six-month and year-end reports.

Projects may be renewed beyond the initial grant, as deemed appropriate. In most cases, Partners for Health expects the grantee organization to eventually sustain projects with funds from other sources or to absorb a program into its operating budget.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Not-for-profit organizations located in or providing direct service to the following 15 communities are eligible for grants from Partners for Health: Bloomfield, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Clifton, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Little Falls, Montclair, North Caldwell, Nutley, Roseland, Verona, West Caldwell and West Orange counties.

An organization must have 501(c)(3) status in order to apply, although on occasion, Partners for Health may support a program sponsored by a public entity (e.g. public schools or health departments) if it meets all other Foundation criteria. This will be determined from your Letter of Intent (LOI).

Not Funded:
-Clinical research
-Religious activities and/or organizations that limit their services to any one religious group or members of a specific sectarian perspective
-Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, age or national origin
-Debt service

Pre-Application Information:

Partners for Health uses an online grants management system to administer the grant programs. Only applications submitted through our online system will be considered. Within the system, nonprofit organizations may submit letters of intent for an initial review of a proposal idea. Successful applications will be invited to submit a full proposal.

2019 Winter Cycle
Letter of Intent due November 30, 2018
Full Proposal (by invitation only) due January 29, 2019
Decisions made end of March 2019

2019 Spring Cycle
Letter of Intent due April 5, 2019
Full Proposal (by invitation only) due May 10, 2019
Decisions made end of June 2019

2019 Fall Cycle
Letter of Intent due July 26, 2019
Full Proposal (by invitation only) due September 6, 2019
Decisions made mid-October 2019

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Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Pamela S. Scott, Executive Director
(973) 746-6130, Ext. 11

Kathleen Smith, MdA, CHES, Program Director
(973) 746-6130, Ext. 14

Jacqueline Gifuni-Koutsouris, MPH, CHES, Program Associate
(973) 746-6130, Ext. 12

Partners for Health
54 Plymouth Street
Montclair, NJ 07042

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey: Bloomfield, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Clifton, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Little Falls, Montclair, North Caldwell, Nutley, Roseland, Verona, West Caldwell, and West Orange counties