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Fiscal Year 2023 Health Equity Grants Program Now Open

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Mecklenburg County Public Health

Health Equity Grants Program Overview


Submission Date Due: The application deadline is Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 2:00 P.M.


Summary of Grant Program:

Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) requests proposals for the 2023 Health Equity Grants Program. The grant fund aims to support community-based grassroots and faith-based organizations working to address local chronic disease health inequities within Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) Priority Areas (see diagram). ​graphic of of Public Health Priority Areas and Vulnerable Population Footprint US Census

Areas of Focus: Applicants are encouraged to apply for the following opportunities based on eligibility


icon of paper with ribbonSEED Grant

Community-based organizations may receive a maximum award amount of $20,000.

Grant Eligibility Requirements

    • First time applicant for Office of Health Equity grant funding.
    • Applicant conducts local, grassroots work in Mecklenburg County.
    • Applicant is volunteer-driven or has no more than 10 full-time paid staff.
    • Applicant can provide monthly reports including activities, the number of residents reached, and program outcomes.
    • Applicant has a tax ID, either business (corporation, partnership, or sole proprietor) or non-profit (Individuals may not apply).
    • Applicant must be an active vendor with Mecklenburg County.
    • For more information on how to become a county vendor, please email Vendor.Management@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. The vendor application process could take up to 30 business days to become an active vendor. 
    • Grant funds MUST focus on chronic disease prevention and/or management. 
    • Grant funds must target the county's Public Health Priority Area Zip Codes.
    • Zip codes included are 28205, 28206, 28208, 28212, 28216, 28217

GROW Grants

Community-based organizations may receive a maximum award amount of $10,000 per organization.

Grant Eligibility Requirements

    • Applicants that were awarded funding and successfully completed the SEED Grant program in the previous funding cycle.
    • Applicant conducts local, grassroots work in Mecklenburg County.
    • Applicant is volunteer-driven or has no more than 10 full-time paid staff.
    • Applicant can provide monthly reports including activities, the number of residents reached, and program outcomes.
    • Applicant has a tax ID, either business (corporation, partnership, or sole proprietor) or non-profit (Individuals may not apply).
    • Applicant must be an active vendor with Mecklenburg County.
    • For more information on how to become a county vendor, please email Vendor.Management@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. The vendor application process could take up to 30 business days to become an active vendor. 
    • Grant funds MUST focus on chronic disease prevention and/or management. 
    • Grant funds must target the county's Public Health Priority Area Zip Codes
    • Zip codes included are 28205, 28206, 28208, 28212, 28216, 28217

​Village HeartBEAT (VHB) HUB Resource Grants

Village HeartBEAT network church may receive up to $20,000 per organization.

Grant Eligibility Requirements

    • Applicants must be a Faith Based Organization (FBO) participating in the Village HeartBEAT program as a resource HUB and a VHB team competition church.
    • Applicant conducts local work in Mecklenburg County
    • Applicant is volunteer-driven or has no more than 10 full-time paid staff.
    • Applicant can provide monthly reports including activities, the number of residents reached, and program outcomes.
    • Applicant has a tax ID, either business (corporation, partnership, or sole proprietor) or non-profit (Individuals may not apply).
    • Applicant must be an active vendor with Mecklenburg County.
    • For more information on how to become a county vendor, please email Vendor.Management@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. The vendor application process could take up to 30 business days to become an active vendor. 
    • Grant funds MUST focus on chronic disease prevention and/or management. 
    • Grant funds must target the county's Public Health Priority Area Zip Codes
    • Zip codes included are 28205, 28206, 28208, 28212, 28216, 28217

Project Implementation Period: January, 2023- June 30, 2023.


Capacity-Building Resource opportunities may include but are not limited to:

    • One-on-One or group training for the organization, whether face-to-face or virtual, where capacity-building activities center around chronic disease prevention and/or management.
    • New technological innovations, IT systems or platforms can be purchased to strengthen organizational infrastructure.
    • Communication campaigns to change public opinion and raise public awareness of chronic disease management/prevention.
    • Walk or Bike audits/assessments.

 
Program resources for chronic disease prevention and/or management may include but are not limited to:

    • Curricula development.
    • Training materials for community members on a specific area of chronic disease prevention and/or management.
    • Health-related signage (Tobacco-Free, physical activity, healthy eating, etc.).
    • Virtual/in-person healthy cooking classes.
    • Virtual/in-person physical activity classes.
    • Program supplies and educational materials:
      • Health-related displays and models
      • Scales
      • Measuring cups
      • Water bottles
      • Yoga mats
      • Tobacco Quit kits
      • Portion control supplies
      • Blood Pressure Monitors
      • Equipment (under $5,000 per item)
    • Program promotion/marketing
    • Printing costs
    • Community gardens

 

What will the Office of Health Equity not fund:

    • Staff time
    • Statewide, regional, national, or international work
    • Lobbying or partisan political activity 
    • Acquisition of land and/or buildings
    • Research studies
    • Publication of books or reports
    • Micro-, mini-, sub- or re-granting programs
    • Retroactive expenses (pre-dating funding award)
    • Cash incentives or gift cards


Proposal Submission Process

All interested applicants should complete and submit the Grant Acknowledgment to Lisa.Reid@mecknc.gov to ensure an applicant receives all communications, application updates and reminders throughout the grant application process. A copy of the acknowledgement form can be downloaded here.

Proposals must be submitted no later than Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 2:00 PM., using the online application. The online application will not be accessible after the proposal submission deadline. A system-generated confirmation will be generated upon submission to confirm receipt of the application.

Please note that there is no option to save your work on the online form. A sample copy of the application can be downloaded here for review. Electronic submission of the application is required to be considered for grant funding.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their proposals via the online proposal submission form well in advance of the submission deadline. An applicant's initial submission is considered final, and any subsequent, revised application submissions will not be reviewed.

Important Dates & Technical Support

An informational session will be held on December 2, 2022 as an opportunity for applicants to ask questions related to the grant program. Information to join the virtual VHB Hubs and Grassroot (SEED & GROW) sessions is as follows: 

VHB HUBs Information Session

Friday, December 2, 2022 | 10 AM

Zoom Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82472988339?pwd=RC85TE9qdkQzcGVJNE9WaTVkUzhmUT09

Meeting ID: 824 7298 8339

Passcode: 379389 


Grassroots (SEED & GROW) Information Session 

Friday, December 2, 2022 | 1 PM.

Zoom Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89673081423?pwd=alh2bzdOaklDcVluWVhSaVdQSzlOQT09

Meeting ID: 896 7308 1423

Passcode: 265304


Additionally, a mandatory Business Summit training is required for all grant awardees. The virtual sessions will be held on the following dates:

    • Wednesday, January 11, 10 AM-1 PM OR
    • Thursday, January 19, 2 PM – 5 PM

Topics covered during the Business Summit will include:

    • How to do business with Mecklenburg County
    • Business Fundamentals
    • Create a business plan/strategic plan
    • Record Keeping (program records, data reporting, financials, invoicing, budgeting) 
    • Capacity Building (staffing, infrastructure, services, bandwidth)


Grant Awardee Requirements

    • Awardees will be required to provide proof of insurance (i.e., Commercial, General Liability, Automotive Liability, and Worker's Compensation).
    • Awardees must submit monthly reports and a final report to Mecklenburg County Public Health, Office of Health Equity .
    • Once awarded, SEED and GROW awardees must submit monthly invoices and justification with receipts of budget expenses.  A copy of the sample SEED and GROW budget can be downloaded here.
    • Once awarded, VHB HUB awardees must submit monthly invoices and justification with receipts of budget expenses. A copy of the sample VHB HUB resource budget can be downloaded here.
    • All awardees will be required to submit monthly reports detailing the date, activities and the number of county residence served. A copy of the sample monthly report can be downloaded here.
    • Awardees must comply with Mecklenburg County's financial reporting requirements.
    • Awardees must be a Mecklenburg County vendor by the time the project starts.
    • Proper Mecklenburg County Public Health acknowledgment of your public funding is required in published articles, manuscripts, dissertations, posters, presentations, and press releases.
    • All Awardees must attend at least one of the Business Summit trainings.


Apply Now

To apply, complete theonline application. Deadline to submit is Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. 



All projects must be completed by June 30, 2023 - NO EXTENSIONS.

Awardees will receive notification of awards by Friday, January 6, 2023


 
 
For more information, direct all inquiries electronically to: Keith.Baileyjr@mecknc.gov. 


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