CCHC Seeks Community Benefits Grant Applications
Cape Cod Healthcare has released its FY2015 Annual Strategic Grant Request for Proposals (RFP). This RFP is part of an annual competitive grant process focused on addressing unmet health needs of the residents of Barnstable County. CCHC will issue $250,000 in Strategic Grants for the upcoming year. The CCHC Community Benefits annual competitive RFP grants program is open to all community organizations with programs aligned with the identified Community Benefits priorities.
The CCHC Community Benefits program promotes Cape Cod Healthcare’s mission to coordinate and deliver the highest quality, accessible health services in order to enhance the health of all Cape Cod residents and visitors. In 2013, CCHC invested more than $21 million in community health initiatives. CCHC’s Community Benefits’ efforts include charity care, hospital-based programs, direct grants, collaboration with federally qualified community health centers, regional health and human service partnerships, and support of community health programs.
“We are committed to working collaboratively with our health and human services partners in the community so that we can continue to serve our most vulnerable neighbors on Cape Cod,” said Terri Ahern, CCHC Senior Vice President, Strategy and Government Affairs.
The FY2015 Annual Strategic Grant RFP will concentrate on specified chronic and infectious disease, and mental health - two of the most pervasive and trending of the six significant health needs identified by the 2014-2016 Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Report and Implementation Plan.
To qualify for a FY15 Strategic Grant, proposals must meet at least one of the following two guidelines:
- Address and positively impact specified chronic or infectious disease management
- Support initiatives targeted at individuals and families facing mental health issues
The following specified chronic and infectious diseases of significance and growing concern in Barnstable County were identified within the report, based on disease incidence, prevalence and mortality:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Hepatitis C
- Tick-borne illnesses
The report also recognized specific mental health areas of concern in Barnstable County, identified by rates, counts, self-reported data and community input:
- High or increasing rates of depression, anxiety and suicide.
- Use of hospital emergency departments for psychiatric care.
- Declining availability of outpatient psychiatric care and
- Access to and navigation of available mental health services in the region.
Grant proposals must address at least one of these specified chronic or infectious diseases or mental health issues, and meet funding guidelines related to vulnerable populations and measurable outcomes.
CCHC has increased funds allocated to the grant cycle this year by 25%, and will award up to $250,000 total in two grant award categories:
- Level One Grants: Up to two $50,000 grants will be awarded to multi-agency collaborative projects that provide regional impact across Barnstable County and meet all funding guidelines.
- Level Two Grants: Grant awards ranging from $20,000 to $30,000 will be awarded to projects that impact vulnerable populations in or across Barnstable County and meet all funding guidelines.
Deadline for strategic grant proposals is September 10, 2014. Grant selection will be finalized in November 2014 by the Community Health Committee. The funding period runs from January 1 – September 30, 2015. For more information visit: www.capecodhealth.org/communitybenefits.