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2018 Call for Proposals (CFP)

Grants to Montana Nonprofits, Educational Institutions, and Agencies
for Programs that Address the Health and Well-Being of Residents

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Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF)

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Grants starting at $10,000 to Montana nonprofits, tax-exempt educational institutions, and state, local, and tribal agencies for programs that address the health and well-being of state residents. Programs may align with the following areas of focus: American Indian health, partnerships for better health, and behavioral health.

American Indian Health

The Foundation is committed to working in partnership with Montana’s American Indian people to support healthy communities. Projects funded through this CFP will address key health and health care challenges and will address the upstream social, economic, and educational challenges that drive health disparities. The Foundation places a priority on proposals that have a high potential for becoming financially self-sustaining.

Please note that the Foundation is currently accepting two types of grant proposals: competitive grants submitted under this CFP and invited grants submitted under the American Indian Health Initiatives, which include:

- Strengthening American Indian Health Services
- American Indian Health Governance and Leadership Support
- Reducing American Indian Health Disparities

Only tribes, tribal health departments, and urban Indian health centers (members of the American Indian Health Leaders coalition) are eligible for invited initiative grants. Please email MHCF Senior Program Officer Tressie White to apply for an American Indian Health Initiative grant.

Behavioral Health

Under this CFP, the Foundation will support collaborative, systems-based solutions to behavioral health challenges in Montana. The Foundation emphasizes programs that are likely to become financially self-supporting through third-party revenue (for example, billing insurance), and through creating new partnerships between organizations that address behavioral health prevention and treatment needs by using existing resources more efficiently and effectively.

Please note that the Foundation is currently accepting two types of grant proposals: competitive grants submitted under this CFP and invited grants submitted under the specific Behavioral Health Initiatives, which include:

- Integrated Behavioral Health
- Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment
- Solving Perinatal Drug and Alcohol Use

If you are interested in applying for funding in one of these initiatives, please contact MHCF Senior Program Officer Scott Malloy.

Partnerships for Better Health

Under this CFP, the Foundation will support the planning and implementation of innovative projects that demonstrate how collaboration between hospitals, community health centers, public health departments, and other community-based organizations can yield synergistic improvements in health and more efficient use of resources. This portfolio supports collaborative, systems-based solutions that make measurable improvements in health outcomes and are replicable in other Montana communities.

Projects funded under this focus area will create new inter-agency partnerships designed to deliver more accessible and effective care; expand the use of care coordination; and strengthen efforts to prevent disease through addressing upstream risk factors such as poverty and poor-quality housing.

Please note that the Foundation is currently accepting two types of grant proposals in Partnerships for Better Health: competitive grants submitted under this CFP, and invited grants submitted under the Housing and Healthcare Initiative.

If your project is suitable for the Housing and Healthcare Initiative, please contact MHCF Chief Operating Officer Ted Madden.

Strong partnerships or coalitions of groups with a stake in the outcome are often very important to the success of a project and are a critically important aspect of our selection criteria. The Foundation strongly encourages collaborative proposals from two or more organizations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178838

Number of Grants:

MHCF expects to award few grants at the maximum level.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grants between $10,000 and $50,000 for projects implemented within a 12-month period,
- Grants up to $100,000 for projects implemented within a 24-month period.

Term of Contract:

Projects should be implemented within a 12- to 24-month period. Projects may begin May 1, 2018 for Round 1 Funding Cycle, August 1 for Round 2 Funding Cycle, and December 1 for Round 3 Funding Cycle.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

MHCF will only fund Montana-based organizations. Montana-based organizations that are eligible to apply for funding include:

- Tax-exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (excluding those classified as private foundations or any type III non-functionally integrated supporting organization under section 509(a) of the Code)
- Tax-exempt educational institutions
- State, tribal, or local government agencies

Under rare circumstances MHCF may choose to fund organizations based outside of Montana. Such proposals must be invited by MHCF, and must include:

- A sole focus on improving the health and well-being of Montanans.
- A strong partnership with Montana-based organizations or communities.
- Substantial funding to Montana-based organizations included in the grant budget.
- A strong case for why funding for an organization outside of Montana is needed for successful completion of the project.
- All applicant organizations must be located in the United States or its territories.

For the American Indian Health Fund invited initiative grants, only tribes, tribal health departments, and urban Indian health centers (members of the American Indian Health Leaders coalition) are eligible.

MHCF does not fund:

- Individuals
- Capital campaigns
- Operating deficits or retirement of debt
- Construction projects, real estate acquisitions, or endowments unless part of a MHCF-invited proposal
- Fundraising events
- Organizations that discriminate because of race, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or political orientation
- Lobbying as defined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (IRC), section 4945(d)(1)
- Activities supporting political candidates or voter registration drives as defined in IRC section 4945(d)(2)
- Large equipment purchases (for example: medical equipment, vans, etc.)
- Medical research or research lacking a direct, targeted, and practical benefit to Montanans’ health
- Organizations or foundations for redistribution of funds via sub-grants

In addition, please note that MHCF funds may not be used in any way that might supplant government funding of existing programs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Funding Overview Webinar took place on Thu, Jan 25. View a recording here:

Pre-Application Information:

All grants will be awarded through a one-step application process offered twice in 2018, with a possibility of a third opportunity in the fall.

Each organization may submit up to three distinct applications under this CFP.

Round 1 Timeline:

Jan 16: Cycle Opens
Feb 23: Proposals Due
Apr 16: Funding Decision
May 1: Projects Begin

Round 2 Timeline:

May 7: Cycle Opens
Jun 15: Proposals Due
Jul 23: Funding Decision
Aug 1: Projects Begin

Round 3 Timeline:

Aug 27: Cycle Opens
Oct 4: Proposals Due
Nov 14: Funding Decision
Dec 1: Projects Begin


Guidelines on supplanting:

Partnerships for Better Health:

American Indian Health:

Behavioral Health:

Contact Information:

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

Grants portal:

Ted Madden, MHCF Chief Operating Officer

Scott Malloy, Program Officer

Tressie White, Program Officer

777 E. Main, Suite 206
Bozeman, MT 59715

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana