Helpful Guidelines for Organizations Considering Healthcare Foundation of Wilson Responsive Grant Requests
To assist grant seekers in making the most effective use of their time, Healthcare Foundation of Wilson has developed guidelines to prompt organizations to answer some key questions for themselves, before getting underway with the Healthcare Foundation of Wilson responsive grant application.
Eligible Organizational Criteria
During the annual responsive grant process Healthcare Foundation of Wilson will consider grant applications from tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofits, government institutions or schools in the greater Wilson community, whose funds will be directed toward the enhancement of the healthcare outcomes of the Wilson community.
Healthcare Foundation of Wilson does not fund:
- Capital campaigns and fund drives
- Capital such as bricks and mortar, land, vehicles, etc., including construction and renovation projects, for any responsive grant requests
- Grants to individuals, dinners, event sponsorship or fundraising
- Grants to for-profit entities or efforts
- Retirement of debt or any expenses previously incurred
- Salaries for current operations, which also includes salaries in previously approved grants, as sustainability was required for original grant approval
- Funding of deficient operational shortfalls or funding that substitutes existing funding or debt relief
- Funds that would be considered a “pass through” to another organization
- Grants to private foundations
- Lobbying and activities supporting political candidates or voter registration drives
- Broad, unfocused requests
Stipulations for Plan Proposals
Successfully awarded grant applications will include detailed plans with clearly outlined goals and ways to measure progress. They will also address one or more of the following grant focus areas:
- Adolescent pregnancy education and prevention
- Alcohol and substance abuse in youths
- Obesity prevention
- Sexually transmitted disease prevention
Priority consideration may be given to eligible organizations who implement evidence-based program models identified as having significant outcomes in the four focus areas which will be implemented in the Wilson community. Examples of these programs may be found at the Office of Adolescent Health or Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.
Additionally, to be fully considered for funding, a grant request should adequately address the following criteria:
- Financial viability — The applicant organization is financially stable, possessing a greater likelihood of long-term sustainability. Budget forms should be downloaded to your computer, completed and uploaded during the application process. The forms to be used are the Organizational Budget-Template, the Program Budget Form and the Prior Year Income and Expense Report.
- Board/Management stability — The organization’s board and/or management represents the community and has a track record of success.
- Sustainability — The specific program requesting funds from Healthcare Foundation of Wilson can maintain sustainable operation beyond the scope of funding.
- Collaboration/Partnership — The organization is collaborating or has attempted to collaborate with local and other statewide services/agencies in order to strengthen the program and avoid duplication within the community.
- Outcome measurements — The program should have outcome goals and specific measurements in place to evaluate success and results. The Outcomes Matrix may help you determine specific outcomes. An Outcomes Matrix – Example is available here.
Code of Ethics
Healthcare Foundation of Wilson is committed to the highest ethical standards in governance, administration, grantmaking and fundraising. Board members will therefore defer all conversations to the staff of HFW. See our Code of Ethics Policy for more information.
Healthcare Foundation of Wilson Grant Application Deadlines & Information
Healthcare Foundation of Wilson grant-making operates an annual responsive grant cycle. To be considered for a grant funding opportunity, applicants must meet the relevant submission deadlines found below using the online grant system:
- January 2 – 15 – Letters of Inquiry (LOI) must be completed and submitted
- February 1 – Invitations are issued to approved LOIs to complete full application
- March 15 – Completed applications are due
- July – Organizations are notified and contracts are issued
- August – Funding Announcements
As we continue our grant investments in the community, we are also working with partners to define objectives and seek out new solutions and strategic directions to increase impact and address Wilson’s greatest health concerns. Strategic grant requests are by an invitation only process.
Useful Tools and Templates
- Program Budget Form
- Prior Year Income and Expense Report
- Outcomes Matrix – Example
- Outcomes Matrix
- Board of Directors Form
- HFW Online Grants Tutorial – Module 1 – Setting up access
- HFW Online Grants Tutorial – Module 2 – Submitting a LOI
- HFW Online Grants Tutorial – Module 3 – Submitting an Application