How to Apply

Eligibility

We seek partners who identify and advocate for vulnerable populations, propose innovative strategies to address unmet community health needs, build on existing assets, and continuously measure their efforts to ensure impact and improve performance. The Foundation also encourages initiatives that are replicable and sustainable.

Not-for-profit organizations located in or providing direct service to the following 15 communities are eligible for grants from Partners for Health: Bloomfield, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Clifton, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Little Falls, Montclair, North Caldwell, Nutley, Roseland, Verona, West Caldwell and West Orange.

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Funding Priorities

Partners for Health invests in programs and policies that lead to healthy communities and healthy lifestyles. The Foundation focuses its supports on these priorities:

  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Hunger and Homelessness
  • Mental Health
  • Aging in our Communities
  • Capacity Building for the Non-profit Sector
  • Health Opportunity Fund

Projects We Fund

  • Demonstration projects (designed to be replicated by other non-profit service providers); pilot projects (which may result in new and better ways in which to provide services); and collaborative projects between two or more organizations.
  • Capital projects may be considered should they address one of the Foundation’s priority health care funding areas and have the potential to provide significant benefit to the communities we serve.
  • Renewal beyond the initial grant may be awarded, as deemed appropriate.

PLEASE NOTE:

  1. Periodically, Partners for Health may announce special funding initiatives, possibly in conjunction with other funders. In these cases, the Foundation will publish a Request for Proposal with specific guidelines and deadlines.
  2. Partners for Health will also occasionally make Challenge Grants, whereby non-profits will be required to raise funds from other sources in order to receive a matching grant from Partners for Health.

Projects We Will Not Fund

  • Clinical research
  • Lobbying
  • Religious activities and/or organizations that limit their services to any one religious group or members of a specific sectarian perspective
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, age or national origin
  • Debt service

Funding Cycles

Partners for Health uses an online grants management system to administer our grant programs. Within the system, non-profit organizations may submit letters of intent for an initial review of a proposal idea. Successful applications will be invited to submit a full proposal. Separate application processes are available for community gardens, capacity building grants, or small grants. Small grants are for proposals with budgets of $10,000 or less. Please read our grant guidelines to learn more about the Foundation’s priority funding areas.

Funding decisions are based on the information presented in your application. The clarity of your proposal and the degree to which it aligns with our funding priorities and mission will be significant factors in our funding decision.

Click here to access the online grants management system. Only applications submitted through our online system will be considered. For a tutorial about setting up a new account, download the Application Tutorial or watch the Applicant Tutorial Video.

Partners for Health Foundation has two Grants cycles each year:

Grants Application Cycle A

  • Letter of Intent due April 13, 2017
  • Full Proposal (by invitation only) due July 28, 2017
  • Decisions made mid-October 2017

Grants Application Cycle B

  • Letter of Intent due October 13, 2017
  • Full Proposal (by invitation only) due January 2018 (date TBD)
  • Decisions made end of March 2018

In addition, proposals are accepted for the following initiatives on a rolling basis:

Community Garden Application

The Partners for Health Community Garden Fund was created to help increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables in the Montclair area. A complete description of our community garden guidelines can be downloaded by clicking here. Three levels of garden funding are available:

  • Level 1: Seeds and Tools up to $500
  • Level 2: Seeds, Raised Beds and Soil up to $3,000
  • Level 3: Seeds, Beds and Supplies and Storage up to $5,000

Capacity Building Application

Partners for Health recognizes that it may be difficult for nonprofits to set aside funds for organizational capacity building efforts.  We believe that capacity building funding can help sustain programmatic work through enhanced administrative leadership and efficient, effective work practices.

To provide area non-profits with the support they need to work efficiently and effectively, the Foundation can provide support for:

  • Organizational strategic planning
  • Multi-agency collaboration and planning
  • Staff development and training
  • Improving management systems, including data for decision making
  • Education and support for implementing new approaches to program work
  • Technical assistance in effective fund raising and development
  • Other tools, resources and technology to improve agency operations

Once your application has been reviewed, a staff member may contact you for further information before a decision is made. You can expect to hear from us within 4-6 weeks of your submission.

Small Grants Application

This application can be used to request funding for proposals with a budget of $10,000 or less. The project must address one of Partners for Health Foundation’s funding priorities. Requests are reviewed on a rolling-basis. Once your application has been reviewed, a staff member may contact you for further information. You can anticipate a decision within 4-6 weeks of your submission.

What Are Your Chances?

Partners for Health Foundation receives many requests for funding each year. The programs most likely to be funded are those that best answer the following questions.

Does the proposal:

  • Address one of our funding priorities or, in the case of our Health Opportunity Fund, meet an urgent and critical health care need in one of the 15 communities that receive our funding?
  • Serve a sufficient number of persons in our defined geographic region?
  • Support your case with valid and varied data (i.e., a documented need)?
  • Use an evidence-based practice?
  • Show thoughtful planning, budgeting and ability to deliver the service?
  • Have plans for financial sustainability beyond the funding period?
  • Demonstrate an understanding of outcome measures and evaluation?
  • Avoid duplication of services and include collaboration?

FAQs

A. See our Funding Priorities.

The Foundation will consider proposals for projects that include direct service provision, prevention, and/or community education.

Demonstration projects (designed to be replicated by other charitable service providers); pilot projects (which may result in new and better ways in which to provide charitable services); and collaborative projects between two or more organizations.

Capital projects may be considered should they address one of the Foundation’s priority health care funding areas and have the potential to provide significant benefit to the communities we serve.

Periodically, the Foundation may announce:

  • New funding initiatives, possibly in conjunction with other charitable funding organizations. In these cases, we will publish a Request for Proposal with specific guidelines and deadlines.
  • Challenge Grants, whereby the recipient charitable organization will be required to raise funds from other sources in order to receive a matching gift from the Foundation.
  • Matching Grants that double the impact of organizations’ fundraising efforts and/or individual donations.

A. Yes, although on occasion, Partners for Health may support a program sponsored by a public entity (e.g. public schools or health departments) if it meets all other Foundation criteria. This will be determined from your Letter of Intent (LOI).

A. Not-for-profit organizations located in or providing direct service to the following communities may apply for grants: Bloomfield, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Clifton, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Little Falls, Montclair, North Caldwell, Nutley, Roseland, Verona, West Caldwell and West Orange.

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A. Yes, Partners for Health will consider proposals if they can address other health issues, and have been reviewed by the Grants Committee and approved by the Foundation Board.

A. Yes, Partners for Health encourages creative approaches to problem solving, which bridge the boundaries of our priority areas. Partners for Health also encourages joint applications that demonstrate collaboration between two or more organizations.

A. Partners for Health will consider making grants that are paid out over several years. Payments after the first year will be contingent upon sufficient progress of the funded program, as demonstrated in six-month and year-end reports.

A. Projects may be renewed beyond the initial grant, as deemed appropriate. In most cases, Partners for Health expects the grantee organization to eventually sustain projects with funds from other sources or to absorb a program into its operating budget.