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Telligen Community Initiative (TCI) Grant

Grants to Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, and Oklahoma Nonprofits
and Agencies to Improve the Health of All Citizens

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Foundation / Corporation

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Telligen Community Initiative (TCI)

Deadline Date:

05/28/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Illinois, Iowa, Colorado, and Oklahoma nonprofits, schools, and agencies for programs that support innovation and equity in healthcare, efforts to recruit and retain a high-quality healthcare workforce, as well as novel approaches to positively address the social determinants of health.

The following represents guiding principles for TCI's approach to philanthropic support:

- Every person deserves health education and services, especially the most vulnerable members of our communities.
- Health promotion provides opportunities for the development of community and individual capacity.
- Many factors shape health and health outcomes (social determinants of health), putting a premium on prevention and integration of health with other community stakeholders and sectors.
- Active and intentional collaboration with others that share common ground, views, and beliefs.

Program area summary:

Health Innovation
This area is encouraged to think creatively and differently regarding issues and opportunities that can bring innovation to the way we all envision health.

Healthcare Workforce Development
TCI provides resources in this funding priority to help educate, recruit, and retain a diverse, high-quality workforce that is geographically distributed and more accessible to vulnerable populations and communities.

Social Determinants of Health / Health Equity
The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. The social determinants of health can be most responsible for resulting health inequities. TCI believes in advancing health equity and achieving this requires novel approaches to positively address the social determinants of health. The range of personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health status are known as determinants of health. It is the interrelationships among these factors that determine individual and population health. This interrelationship and connection to health is a connection TCI wants to support with their resources.

Please see the Guidelines for the RFP for more details about individual focus areas.

TCI seeks to support projects that are at the intersection of and connect clinical and community-based work; build on collaborations to address underserved populations, and recognize the role of the social determinants of health within the design of project plans and proposal development. TCI funds the following themes or forms of support:

- First-dollar, programmatic funding or seed funding to nonprofit organizations or governmental entities is a powerful contribution TCI can make to positively impact health status.
- This funding can also be positioned to provide core support for critical work of an organization in strong alignment with the funding priorities.
- Expansion or spread of already impactful and successful approaches you are doing to other populations or geography.
- This funding could also be evaluated by a potential applicant to support meaningful capacity building of an organization to better deliver its work or mission that strongly aligns with TCI funding priorities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179968

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applications from all four (4) states will function with a per grant request maximum of $50,000.

Term of Contract:

- All current TCI grants are for periods of one year.
- For the February 27 LOI date, the grant period of one year begins on July 1, 2019.
- For the May 28 LOI date, the grant period of one year begins on December 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To request a grant, your organization must be a recognized as a federally tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, an accredited school, or a public/governmental agency located in the states of Illinois, Colorado, Iowa or Oklahoma. Examples could include a public school, public library, local public health department or state governmental agency. Note that TCI does not fund organizations with a pending 501(c)(3) status.

Telligen Community Initiative grants are typically not available to or for the following:
- Organizational indirect costs
- Religious or sectarian organizations for religious purposes
- Capital campaigns
- Organizations that practice discrimination by race, color, creed, sex, age, religion or national origin
- Deficit reduction or retirement of debt
- General endowments
- Real estate/land acquisitions
- Political projects
- Vehicles
- Athletics or athletic events
- Grants to individuals
- Fundraising events (sponsorships)
- For projects that the sole purpose is redistributing the awarded funds.

Pre-Application Information:

TCI utilizes a Letter of Interest (abbreviated initial application) to better honor your opportunity cost of time in applying. This will lead to a second finalist application step for only those invited to that stage of the funding review and competition.


Colorado- and Oklahoma-based applicants:
- LOI due: February 27, 2019
- Invitations extended to finalist applications: Early April
- Grant period begins/funding released: July 1, 2019

Illinois- and Iowa-based applicants:
- LOI Proposal due to TCI (email submission): May 28, 2019
- Invitations extended to finalist applications: Early August
- Grant period begins/funding released: December 1, 2019

Once you’ve reviewed the RFP, downloaded and completed the grant application document for your project, and assembled your required appendix items, it is time to submit. Per the RFP, please simply email your Letter of Interest application package to the e-mail address below.

Not only is contact with TCI staff acceptable, it is strongly encouraged. This could take the form of a face-to-face meeting, phone meeting, email conversation, review of a draft proposal, or other desired assistance in helping you or your coalition consider an application. See Contact Information below for details.

Recent Grantees:


Contact Information:

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

Submit application:

Email LOIs to:
Matt McGarvey, Executive Director

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado;   Illinois;   Iowa;   Oklahoma