The Intermountain Community Care Foundation aligns its grant funding by giving to those community agencies and organizations that provide services that coincide with the community health priorities identified by Intermountain Healthcare.
These health priorities are established through a regular Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to identify significant community health needs, especially for low-income residents in Utah and southern Idaho communities.
Health Priorities – Agency Health Priority Grants
Intermountain Healthcare has established priorities for improving community health for 2020 through 2022. These priorities are identified through a regular Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA conducted in the Utah and southern Idaho communities served by Intermountain. The Intermountain Community Care Foundation aligns giving with Intermountain’s community health priorities and provides grants in two categories:
- Agency Health Priority Grants
- Social Determinants of Health Grants
Each category has a different criteria and scope and separate applications.
In order to qualify for Agency Health Priority grant funding, your program or service must align with one of the following health priorities:
- Improve Mental Well-being, which includes – decrease frequent mental distress rates; decrease depression rates; decrease suicide rate, or decrease drug poisoning deaths (substance misuse)
- Prevent Avoidable Disease and Injury, which includes – decrease prediabetes rates; decrease high blood pressure rates; increase immunization rates, and decrease unintentional injury
- Improve Air Quality, which specifically includes decreasing bad air days (PPM 2.5)
- Access to Comprehensive medical, dental, vision and/or behavioral health care
- Increase Healthy Behaviors and lifestyle changes to directly improve wellness and health lifespan
In order to qualify for Social Determinants of Health grant funding, your program or service must:
- Align with at least one of Intermountain’s social determinants of health priorities, which are:
- Food insecurity – not having reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food
- Housing instability – having difficulty paying rent or affording a stable place of one’s own; living in overcrowded or run-down conditions that create an unhealthy environment
- Interpersonal violence – being exposed to intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, that results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death or psychological harm
- Transportation – not having affordable and reliable ways to get to medical appointments or purchase healthy foods
- Utility needs – not being able to regularly pay utility bills (e.g., electricity, gas, water, phone, connectivity) and/or afford necessary maintenance or repairs
- Required that a social service agency and a healthcare agency apply in partnership
- Social service agency is defined as a government, private or not-for-profit entity that provides a direct service/program that focuses on the needs of low-income, vulnerable populations and include state government agencies, local government agencies, and school districts
- Healthcare agency is defined as an organization that provides a billable healthcare service and uses evidence-based practices to provide a direct healthcare service
- Both agencies must have a full and complete audit. What you submit must include the full audit, including any findings or letter from the auditing firm.
- Both agencies must have a 501C3 letter of determination or have a comparable government designation
- Your application must show a clear partnership that works together toward measurable goals and outcomes that address one or more of the listed social determinants of health. You will be asked to clearly describe the planned role and responsibilities of each partner for all stages of the project or program. Only one organization will receive the grant funds and be contractually responsible for administration of those funds. Outcomes reporting and deliver of the project/program will be a joint venture.
- Applications will be accepted for either new or existing programs that clearly address a social determinant of health. New programs can include pilot programs.
- We expect to award up to $2 million in grants each year. Applicants can request a total grant award between $50,000 and $300,000 for the entire project period. Projects can last between 18 and 36 months and must begin upon receipt of funding. A funding request may not exceed 20 percent of an organization’s annual operating budget, e.g., to be eligible for a $50,000 grant, your organization’s annual operating budget must be at least $250,000.
- In general, small equipment and materials, such as jump ropes or cooking utensils are eligible, at no more than a total $5,000 cost, but large equipment, construction and capital costs are not eligible. Consideration will be given if computer equipment is necessary and vital to the success of the project.
- All grantees will be required to submit outcomes reports and will be expected to track and share aggregated data about their projects and participants.
What We'd Really Like To See
- Innovative projects with measurable results
- Projects that promote significant and lasting change
- Projects that are specific, well-defined and cost-effective
How Much Should You Ask For?
If the program for which you seek funding falls into one of the above categories, you are invited to make application for funding.
To honor the time and energy of the Board in reviewing your application – as well as your time and energy in preparing the grant application – please don't apply unless your program or project fits into one of the categories listed above.
If you have any questions as to whether your project qualifies, please contact us and we'll be happy to discuss it with you. The majority of our grants are in the $5,000 to $50,000 range. Over two-thirds are at or under $15,000.
When to Apply
Intermountain Community Care Foundation social determinants of health grant applications can only be accepted between February 1 and March 1, and then August 1 to September 1. If you attempt to apply during times other than those windows, you will not be able to apply.
We DO NOT Fund
- Political campaigns, political action committees, lobbyists or organizations with a political agenda
- Fraternal organizations, clubs, school organizations and school athletic funds
- General operating budget of organizations which receive more than 40 percent of their budget from United Way
- Religious organizations (unless the request is specifically for a program offered to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis and without regard to the recipient’s religious affiliation and does not require worship as a prerequisite for treatment or care)
- Debt retirement or operational deficits
- Trips, tours or travel expenses
- Other foundations or endowments that provide loans, scholarships or donate the money they raise to other agencies
- Media or advocacy campaigns, research or surveys
- Races, runs, walks, school or athletic clubs, school fairs, and golf tournaments
- Services for which third-party reimbursement or pharmacy assistance programs are available
- Matching funds for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits doubling programs