About this grant
Through its Health Communities Committee, Cooley Dickinson Hospital conducted a health assessment. The assessment includes a survey of health needs, interviews, a focus group and a community discussion forum in Easthampton to obtain local input on the priority health issues facing the City and how best to address them. Obesity and high tobacco use were raised by participants as concerns. Cooley Dickinson wishes to support projects and programs that support health improvement. Partnerships that include health care providers, the City and school representation, and other service providers are encouraged. A separate funding opportunity is available for tobacco prevention and treatment.
It is anticipated that one or more pilot projects will receive funding. Applicants are encouraged to request funds based on project capacity and scope of their proposal.
A program total of $20,000 is available to fund activities, projects and initiatives that will support healthy eating and active living in the City of Easthampton.
View the health assessment results and reports.
Who can apply
We are interested in receiving applications from community groups, 501(c) 3 non-profit providers, the City of Easthampton Health and School Departments, and other sponsored service agencies that have ideas and a commitment to create more opportunities for City residents to access healthy eating and active living.
Grants may be used for an event, program planning, or to support projects already underway in Easthampton.
Applicants for this grant may also respond to the pilot project seeking to support tobacco prevention and treatment programs. Each submission will be evaluated as a unique project with its own outcomes.
Complete a cover sheet for each proposal. All applicants must submit typed responses to the following questions. Please copy and paste the questions below into your word processing program in the order shown here:
1. Who is your organization and what are you planning to do?
2. Who is your target population and how many will benefit from your project?
3. Describe organizational strengths and capacity that will lead to a successful project(s)?
4. Describe local data that supports the need that you will meet in this project.
5. Who will be involved and who will you partner with to optimize funds, community participation and reach your goals?
6. As a result of this project, what will change? How will you measure results?
7. How will positive outcomes be sustained after the grant ends?
Please include a budget and the time frame in which the money is to be spent, including other revenue resources that will support this pilot project.
Please keep your response to these questions to a 4-page limit. The budget and a project implementation plan chart are additional.
Please identify a key contact person for follow-up.
Submitting your Proposal
Questions may be e-mailed by Dec. 20, 2013 to Jeff Harness for response.
Applications are due Jan. 17, 2014; e-mail to Jeff Harness.
All applications will receive an email confirmation of receipt. If you do not receive a receipt in 48 hours, please call 413-582-2035.
Applications will be reviewed by the Healthy Communities Committee with award notification by Feb. 5, 2014.
Grant funding ends on Sept. 30, 2014.
All pilot project recipients will participate in an evaluation process to be determined by the Healthy Communities Committee.
The Healthy Communities Committee will review your Application answers and will weigh and balance the following criteria:
• Ability to lower barriers to healthcare access
• Values all cultures
• Ability to offer marked improvement to quality of community life
• Uses local data to identify needs and solutions
• Uses evidence-based approach to accomplish goal
• Sustainability of positive work
End of Pilot Project Reporting
A three-page final report must be submitted by October 31, 2014. It must answer:
• What were the results of your project? Did your project change from your initial proposal? If yes, how?
• Did the project reach its goals and objectives?
• What outcome data can you show as a result of this funding? What has actually changed or been improved?
• Do you plan to continue your project? If yes, what types of support do you need?
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