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Guidelines

 

Healthcare Georgia Foundation is a statewide, private independent foundation created in 1999.  The mission of the Foundation is to advance the health of all Georgians and to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities.
 

Grantmaking Guidelines

This web page is designed is to help organizations prepare a grant proposal that will enhance the chances of a favorable review and funding decision from Healthcare Georgia Foundation.

General Eligibility Criteria for all Funding Opportunities

  • Healthcare Georgia Foundation generally supports organizations and projects located in Georgia that directly benefit Georgia residents. National organizations providing services in Georgia are also considered.
     
  • If an applicant organization/project is not a 501(c)(3) entity and plans to use a fiscal sponsor, that sponsor should send a cover letter with the proposal indicating it has approved this project for funding. Pre-approval by the fiscal sponsor is necessary for the Foundation to proceed with the funding request. If the project has no separate legal existence and is a direct project of the entity holding the 501(c) (3), this should be stated in the grant proposal.
     
  • Eligibility criteria may vary depending on the Request for Proposal (RFP), General Operating Support and Direct Services Support Grants, or other funding opportunities that may be available.
     
  • Given Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s commitment to traditionally underserved populations, the Foundation encourages cultural diversity, representativeness and inclusiveness in the boards, staff, and individuals served by the organizations we fund. This principle is shaped by the conviction that all segments of society benefit from pluralism and equal opportunity.

 

Foundation Funding Opportunities and Initiatives

Funding Announcements
The Foundation will actively promote awareness of funding opportunities through website postings, electronic communications, social media, newsletters, direct mail, webinars, and events. Applicants are encouraged to monitor funding announcements on the Foundation’s Requests for Proposals (RPF) and Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA) webpages.

 

1. Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA)

  • EmpowerHealth: Capacity Building Grants Program
  • Direct Services Grants Program

EmpowerHealth: Healthcare Georgia Foundation is committed to building effective nonprofit health organizations that have the capacity to develop, deliver and sustain high-impact health programs and services. The Foundation firmly believes that high-performing organizations delivering effective programs will achieve better health outcomes for clients, consumers, patients, and communities.

On December 12, 2016, the Foundation officiallly launched the EmpowerHealth, a new capacity building program for health nonprofits in Georgia. This is a two-year pilot program that includes a two phase application, starting with the submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) and later, a full online application.  Eligible organizations interested in this program will have the opportunity to participate in the following activities:

  • Attend Core Capacity Assessment Toolkit (CCAT) orientation webinars
  • Complete the online CCAT to identity organizational areas that need strengthening
  • Obtain assistance from TCC Group to interpret the CCAT results
  • Submit an application for funding to the Foundation based on the needs identified from the CCAT

How to apply to the EmpowerHealth Grant Program.

 

The Direct Services Grants Program supports existing healthcare services and health promotion programs that assist the Foundation with accomplishing its mission by funding program activities specifically related to the Foundation’s priority area: Addressing Health Disparities. Addressing Health Disparities is the Foundation’s strategic response to unequal access and outcomes among vulnerable populations.

Note: Applicants will only be awarded one grant per calendar year for the General Operating Support or the Direct Services Grant Programs. Applicants that apply for either of these types of grants will be eligible to apply for Requests for Proposals (RFPS) announced by the Foundations.

Organizations that have active grants with the Foundation are not eligible to apply for a General Operating Support Grant or Direct/Program Services Grant during their active grant period.
 

2. Specific Request for Proposals (RFP)

  • Health Policy (Pending)
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Taking Care of You
  • The Two Georgias Initiative (Pending)


Further Considerations

  • Initiatives: Represent strategically planned, longer term investments structured as grants, where multiple organizations participate in a competitive Request for Proposal process and are awarded funds with defined grantmaking parameters, such as objectives, timelines, budget, and evaluation process. Foundation initiatives represent grants focused on achieving improvements in health outcomes, health services, health factors or health policies in a designated population. Technical assistance, training, and other capacity building activities will be included in Foundation directed initiatives. Grantee performance, relative to its objectives, will determine eligibility for continued or future funding.
     
  • Capacity Building Services: Technical support services may be available to health nonprofits throughout the state of Georgia. Organizational capacity building services may be delivered on demand, as a grant supported requirement, and/or as a condition of participation in a Foundation funding initiative. Participation in selected Foundation funded capacity building services may be determined as a result of a competitive application and review process. Whenever possible, consultants, trainers, and technical assistance providers will be selected competitively and will be supported through a variety of funding instruments, including grants, contracts, and fee-for-service. Performance of technical assistance providers will also be evaluated.
     

Online Applications
The Foundation requests that all proposals/applications submitted in response to an announced funding opportunity (NOFA/RFP) be submitted through an online application. During NOFA and RFP announcements, an online application link will be posted on the Foundation’s website, along with instructions for completing and submitting an online application. Technical assistance will be provided by Foundation staff to organizations requiring help with the online application process.

Acknowledgement
The Foundation will promptly notify all applicants electronically upon receipt of an organization’s application.

Funding Notification
Applicants that have been approved for funding by the Board of Directors will be notified by the designated Foundation’s program officer.

Declination
The Foundation will notify applicant organizations in writing of the decision to deny a funding request. Further information may be obtained by directly contacting the designated Foundation’s program officer.

Closing Grants
Once the grantee submits a final report, Foundation program staff will review the report and final budget to ensure that all grant objectives have been completed. The Foundation’s program staff will complete a final report to be presented to the Board of Directors.

Grants Management System
Currently the Foundation utilizes the Microedge Grants Management System, GIFTS. The grants manager maintains and administers the system operating at all times. 


Dear Friends, Grantees, and Partners:

Healthcare Georgia Foundation is committed to building effective nonprofit health organizations that have the capacity to develop, deliver and sustain high-impact health programs and services. The Foundation firmly believes that high-performing organizations delivering effective programs will achieve better health outcomes for clients, consumers, patients, and communities.