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Gun Suicide Prevention Initiative – Planning Grants

Grants to Missouri Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools,
and IHEs to Plan Suicide-Prevention Programs

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Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH)

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Deadline Date:

06/08/20 Midnight Central Time


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Grants and consultations to Missouri nonprofit organizations. law enforcement agencies, schools, IHEs, and government entities for suicide prevention efforts. Funding is intended to support the planning stages of community-based, collaborative programs that are designed to reduce gun suicides within populations of interest. These populations include teens, young adults, elderly, veterans, and individuals identifying as LGBTQ.

Organizations will apply for planning grants to develop a program adapting or utilizing promising, evidence-based strategies to reduce gun suicides. As needed, the Foundation is prepared to provide awarded organizations assistance and guidance from consultants with expertise or working knowledge based on the targeted population and/or strategies being proposed through the planning process. 

Organizations receiving funding will be expected to work with external consultants identified by the Foundation to design communications messaging tailored for the targeted population and create program evaluation measures. Organizations receiving funding will also be required to participate in a Foundation-facilitated learning community with other organizations engaged in similar work. During the planning period, grantees and partner organizations should anticipate participating in two meetings each year.

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GrantWatch ID#: 188264

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award amounts for individual projects will vary. Applicants should submit a budget that aligns with the scope of the project, supports proposed activities, and clearly connects activities or outcomes with line item requests.

Term of Contract:

The planning grant time duration is up to 24 months. Award recipients will choose a start date of October 1 or November 1, 2020, and projects must end no later than September 30, 2022.

At the end of the planning grant period, organizations that have developed a program and are positioned for implementation will be eligible to apply for up to five years of implementation funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be nonprofit or governmental entities and meet the general MFH funding guidelines available on the Foundation’s website. Organizations and groups such as law enforcement, emergency medical responders, home health care organizations, schools, veteran groups, higher education institutions, farming cooperatives, recreational gun organizations are encouraged to apply.

Applicants may apply with a fiscal agent or sponsor.
- A fiscal agent is a non-profit organization that is in good standing with the state of Missouri and performs various administrative management and oversight functions for another agency or 501(c)(3) organization.
- A fiscal sponsor is a non-profit organization that is in good standing with the state of Missouri and performs various administrative management and oversight functions for a group that is not registered as a 501(c)(3)

The applicant organization is expected to represent a group of organizations committed to collaborating and aligning around preventing gun suicide deaths in their community. The applicant organization will be responsible for submitting a signed memorandum of agreement (MOA) from each partnering organization. Partners may include, but are not limited to, community health centers, hospitals, behavioral health centers, mental health centers, law enforcement, schools, prisons, faith-based organizations, trade associations, emergency medical services, gun shop owners, and other social service organizations.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An information webinar will be held on March 3, 2020.

Webinar Link:
Meeting ID: 274 722 329

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by June 8, 2020, midnight (Central Time).

The anticipated award notification date is September 21, 2020.

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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If you have questions about the goals or content of this RFA please contact:
Renetta Mosley, Strategist – Initiatives
(314) 345-5536

If there are additional questions about the application system, contact:
Steve Frisbee, Project Analyst
(314) 345-5531

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Missouri: 84 Missouri counties and the city of St. Louis.

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