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First Responders Grants Program

Grants to USA and International Organizations for Programs Benefiting
Firefighters, EMS, Paramedics, Police Officers, and Their Families

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Movember and The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

LOI Date:

11/23/20

Deadline Date:

02/06/21

Description:

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Grants to USA and international organizations for programs benefiting current and former firefighters, EMS, paramedics, police officers, and their families. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for the expansion or continuation of existing programs. Eligible international applicants are located in New Zealand and Ireland.

In partnership with The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, Movember is proud to announce a new mental health grants funding program in support of First Responders, as well as their families across a number of countries. Movember is interested in supporting scalable mental health and/or suicide prevention programs that can be rigorously evaluated, use a gendered lens, focus on a broad range of mental health outcomes (i.e., not just PTSD), and a wide range of traumatic and non-traumatic (organizational and operational) stressors. The intention is to embed approaches that are upstream and supportive of men who work and volunteer in environments with first responders.

While numerous gaps were identified, those that stood out and are prioritized under this initiative are:

  • Firefighters (employed, volunteer, former)
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) / Paramedics (employed and former)
  • Police (employed and former)
  • First responder families

As a global initiative, the overarching goal is to improve mental health and wellbeing and prevent suicide of first responders in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States. The specific goals for this program are to:

  • Support the ongoing development, implementation, and evaluation of prevention, early intervention programs to improve mental health of first responders, while using a gendered lens.
  • Foster collaboration and knowledge sharing globally around evaluation and evidence about programs aimed to improve mental health for first responders through a prevention, early intervention, and gendered lens.

For areas of focus, see https://us.movember.com/uploads/files/2020/VFR%20Grants/Movember%20First%20Responder%20RFP%20-%20IRE%20NZ%20US%20FINAL%20September%202020.pdf#page=5.

For eligible costs, see https://us.movember.com/uploads/files/2020/VFR%20Grants/Movember%20First%20Responder%20RFP%20-%20IRE%20NZ%20US%20FINAL%20September%202020.pdf#page=12.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193213

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$171,500

Number of Grants:

Minimum of three (one in each of Ireland, New Zealand, and the US)

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding in the amount of up to AUD $250,000 per annum each with a total maximum value of AUD $500,000 per funded program is being offered to successful teams. Funding amounts by market per annum are converted as follows: EUR €154,500/year; NZD $270,000/year; USD $171,500.

Term of Contract:

The default grant period will be from 1 June 2021 – 31 May 2023 to complete proposed activities however the period can shift.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant opportunity is open to anyone/any organization that meets the Funding Eligibility. Applicants do not have to have a registered non-profit to apply. US applicants - only organizations that are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, educational institutions, or organizations that have a 501(c)(3) Fiscal Sponsor may apply to this funding opportunity.

To be eligible for this funding opportunity, applicants must:
1. Be based in any one of the participating countries: Ireland, New Zealand, or the United States. Collaboration within and across countries is permitted,
2. Be legally able to accept grant funds within their respective country,
3. Designate a member of the project team to participate in the program evaluation and agree to the roll-out/delivery of controlled evaluation with Movember's evaluation partner,
4. Be implementing an existing program that is showing promise that it works but requires rigorous evaluation; or
5. Be adapting a program that has shown promise that it works with one focal group to implement and evaluate with another focal group (e.g. a program that has had success with firefighters and is proposed to trial with paramedics or paramedics/EMS to paramedics/EMS in another location)
6. Take a prevention or early intervention perspective and incorporate a gendered lens to improve mental health and wellbeing in one or more of the targeted groups,
7. Work in one of the targeted workplaces, e.g. police, fire, emergency/ paramedic services, or
8. Involve the “end user” from any of the targeted workplaces as a collaborator on the project team.

The following will not be considered for funding under this initiative:
1. Programs that are not aligned with the intent of this call and the goals of the Request for Proposal listed above.
2. Research salaries/scholarships for Universities or Research Institutes.
3. Awareness and education activities that do not specify and provide a clear and measurable link to improved mental health in the target group(s).
4. Programs that rely on motivational speakers and/or are informal, one-off sessions.
5. Programs that are not based on scientific principles or mechanisms.
6. Programs that have not been designed nor implemented in a way that can be tested for whether the appropriate outcomes are being achieved.
7. Sole requests for infrastructure support.

For ineligible costs, see https://us.movember.com/uploads/files/2020/VFR%20Grants/Movember%20First%20Responder%20RFP%20-%20IRE%20NZ%20US%20FINAL%20September%202020.pdf#page=12.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Step 1: Letter of Intent Deadline – 5:00 pm EDT 23 November 2020
- Invitation to Step 2: Week of 14 December 2020
- Step 2: Full Program Proposal Deadline: 6 February 2021
- Panel Assessment & Board Approval Period: February - March 2021
- Notices of Decision: Week of 12 April 2021
- Earliest Program Start Date: May 2021

Multiple Letters of Intent (LOI) from the same organization will be considered. Please submit a separate LOI for each of the programs.

Successful teams will be required to participate in a Knowledge Community, to promote knowledge exchange, sharing of program best practices and learnings, and build capacity. The Knowledge Community will include online learning forums as well as in-person global convenings, once travel restrictions related to covid-19 are lifted. Movember would cover travel costs for one designated team member to participate; however, teams are welcome to send an additional representative(s) at their own cost.

Contact Information:

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

Submit LOI Online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=movember

You should receive an automatic confirmation of receipt of your submission. If you do not receive the confirmation, please contact vfrgrants@movember.com.

For further information on this funding opportunity, please contact: Ivy Lim-Carter at the email address above.

Movember
P.O. Box 1595
Culver City, CA 90232

Telephone: (310) 450-3399

Grant Coverage Areas:

New Zealand, Ireland, and the US

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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