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Rapid Response Grant

Grants to Montana Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Educational Institutions to Promote Health

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Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF)

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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $75,000 to Montana nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions for a broad range of projects that promote health. This grant program is intended for proposals that focus on training, planning, and smaller-scale pilot projects.

The Montana Healthcare Foundation (MHCF) will consider proposals in three areas:

1) American Indian Health

MHCF is committed to working in partnership with Montana’s American Indian people to address these challenges and support healthy communities.

Tribal and urban Indian health programs and other eligible organizations may also apply through this CFP. In all grants in this focus area, the Foundation focuses on establishing partnerships with tribal organizations and agencies and identifying promising opportunities to support programming that meets the needs of the people they serve.

Projects in this portfolio will strengthen the healthcare systems serving American Indians, and address the upstream social, economic, and educational challenges that drive health disparities. MHCF places a priority on proposals that have a high potential for becoming financially self-sustaining.

Examples: Types of Projects That Will Be Considered for Funding Under This Portfolio:

-Strengthening the funding and administration of health services and prevention programs: Proposals that seek to strengthen the financing and administration of tribal health services by implementing specific changes to improve billing, coding, and reimbursement for services.

-Contracting or compacting: Proposals that would allow a tribe to take advantage of Public Law 638 to contract or compact with the Indian Health Services to provide health services.

-Strategic planning: One-year planning grants that will result in a plan that outlines specific programming and policy changes that could be implemented with future grant funding.

-Drug use in pregnancy: Proposals for programming to improve maternal-infant outcomes, and offer effective drug and alcohol treatment options to pregnant women and mothers. Proposals can include programs that would build on or strengthen existing services, or those that would develop a plan for a future program that could be implemented in the other sources of funding.

-Partnerships outside the health sector: Proposals that seek to build partnerships with organizations beyond the health sector (for example: schools, local businesses, community and economic developers, or departments of planning and transportation) to build strong, resilient communities and address issues, such as poor housing, limited opportunities for youth engagement, community support for seniors, unemployment, or access to healthful foods.

-Oral health: Proposals for programs that deliver effective prevention and treatment for tooth decay, and have a strong plan for sustainability beyond the grant.

-Injury prevention: Proposals for effective, culturally-relevant programming or policy changes intended to reduce injuries.

-Addressing the health and health service needs of urban Indians: Proposals that focus on urban American Indian health, particularly those that seek to plan or pilot initiatives that involve collaboration between urban Indian centers, hospitals, community health centers, mental health centers, schools, and other organizations that serve this population.

-Leadership development: Funding for travel, as well as conference and training fees, to allow urban Indian health centers or tribal health departments to strengthen staff and programming (if interested, please contact MHCF as a formal proposal may not be required for small grants).

2) Behavioral Health (Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders)

Under this CFP, MHCF 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 (i.e., billing insurance), and through creating new partnerships between organizations that strengthen the services in a region through using existing resources more efficiently and effectively.

The Foundation’s behavioral health funding opportunities in 2017 are as follows:

a. Strengthening the Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment System:

MHCF will support projects that strengthen and expand the availability of evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders (SUD), and the design of regional frameworks for SUD prevention. Under this CFP, MHCF will fund projects, for example, that implement SUD and medically-assisted treatment in primary care settings; address the needs of pregnant women and new parents coping with SUD; expand access to team-based, integrated approaches to SUD and co-occurring disorders, and design regional, multi-agency prevention strategies.

As with all behavioral health grants, MHCF emphasizes the need for integrated, team-based approaches to care that employ evidence-based treatment, coordinate care, and monitor patient progress and track outcomes.

b. Integrated Behavioral Health Initiative:

This initiative will support the delivery of integrated behavioral health (IBH) services in Montana. The co-occurrence of mental illness and substance use disorders presents a common and costly problem. Moreover, people with mental illness and substance use disorders are at risk for worse outcomes from chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

Programs that address the needs of patients with co-occurring mental illness and/or substance use disorders and chronic physical illnesses have been found to improve health outcomes across this spectrum and, consequently, help contain healthcare costs as well. This initiative will support the planning, enhancement, and implementation of integrated behavioral healthcare through, for example, activating community resources, collaboration among primary care clinics, behavioral health providers, hospitals, and schools, and through providing high-quality, and evidence-based care coordination.

c. Other Behavioral Health Programs:

MHCF will also consider funding for other projects that meet the basic funding criteria for the Behavioral Health focus area. Examples of other high-priority programs that MHCF has identified include:

-Providing effective behavioral health services to individuals encountering the criminal justice system: Individuals with behavioral health needs continue to be overrepresented in the criminal justice system. MHCF will consider programs that seek to develop or enhance partnerships between the behavioral health and criminal justice systems. Evidence-based jail diversion programs identify and treat individuals with behavioral health needs more timely and effectively throughout the continuum of the criminal justice system. Successful jail diversion programs can reduce arrest, incarceration, and recidivism rates and at the same time, improve health outcomes and reduce costs.

-Projects that strengthen the regional continuum of care for mental illness and SUD: Several regions in Montana have successfully established strategic plans or implemented crisis diversion programs by leveraging local resources, as well as state, and federal grants. MHCF will support projects that seek to align stakeholders, create new partnerships, and leverage other available sources of funding to enhance the region’s ability to provide a continuum of care for those in crisis.

3) Partnerships for Better Health

Under this CFP, MHCF will support the planning and implementation of innovative projects that demonstrate the ways that collaboration between hospitals, community health centers, public health departments, and other community-based organizations can yield synergistic improvements in health, as well as a more efficient use of resources.

Projects in this portfolio will include those that focus on strengthening the healthcare system, and those that address the upstream social, cultural, economic, and educational problems that drive health disparities.

MHCF will offer two types of grants in Partnerships for Better Health:

-One-year planning grants of up to $50,000 to design a project and develop a business and sustainability plan that focuses on supporting implementation through third-party insurance billing and/or through shared savings agreements with hospitals or payers. Planning grants are available through the Rapid Response cycle.

-Two-year implementation grants of up to $150,000 for startup of a well-planned project that has a clear path toward becoming self-sustaining using revenue from third-party insurance billing and/or shared savings agreements with hospitals or payers. Applicants will be asked to present a basic business plan and pro forma budget as part of the full proposal. Please note that implementation grants are not available through the Rapid Response cycle.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180767

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum request is $10,000. The maximum request is $50,000 for a one-year project and $75,000 for a two-year project.

Term of Contract:

Rapid Response Grant projects must be implemented within a 12- to 24-month period.

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.

The American Indian Health focus area has special eligibility criteria. Montana-based organizations that are eligible to apply for funding include:

-Native nonprofit organizations based in Montana (organizations with an American Indian-controlled Board and a primary focus on programming serving Montana’s American Indian communities), and tax-exempt as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (excluding those classified as private foundations under section 509(a) of the Code).
-Montana-based federally or state-recognized Tribal government agencies.

MHCF does not fund:
-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. All applicants must read MHCF’s Guidance on Supplanting.

Pre-proposal Conference:

To access the General Overview Webinar which covers each of the focus areas and the nuts and bolts of how to apply for funding, click here:

Pre-Application Information:

There are three cycles of funding:

Round 1:
-CFP Opens: January 16
-Proposals Due: February 14
-Funding Decision: March 24

Round 2:
-CFP Opens: May 1
-Proposals Due: June 5
-Funding Decision: July 21

Round 3*:
-CFP Opens: September 1
-Proposals Due: October 6
-Funding Decision: November 20
*Rapid Response Round 3 will be offered contingent on available funds.

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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.

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777 E. Main, Suite 206
Bozeman, MT 59715


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana