The Health Trust makes grants for projects that advance select strategies under our three initiatives: Healthy Living, Healthy Eating and Healthy Aging. The majority of Health Partnership Grants are in the $25,000 to $100,000 range.
Priority will be given to projects that meet the following grant criteria:
- Advances a specific funding priority under one or more of The Health Trust Initiatives
- Bolsters health promotion and primary prevention efforts
- Includes a system, policy, practice, or environmental change that can have an impact beyond the grant period
- Includes a feasible sustainability plan
- Follows promising and best practices
Funding Priorities July 2013-June 2014
Expand Healthy Food Enterprises
To increase healthy food offerings at local corner stores in low-income neighborhoods of San Jose, The Health Trust issued an RFP in the Fall of 2013 seeking proposals from organizations to train store owners in business development, marketing, and healthy food options, and to provide technical assistance, loans and store upgrades. Enterprise Foundation was awarded a $400,000 grant as a result of the RFP. No further grants are anticipated in this area during FY 2014.
Grow Food (Urban Agriculture)
Additional grants may be considered this fiscal year to previously funded grantees engaged in activities that fall within the Grow Food strategy to ensure sustainability of existing projects.
Food Access Plan
An RFQ will be released in January 2014 for the collection and analysis of primary data related to the creation of a Food Access Plan, with particular emphasis on homeless individuals and older adults.
Neighborhood Wellness Hubs
An RFQ will be issued in January 2014 for research and analysis related to the creation of Neighborhood Wellness Hubs, including recommendation of target neighborhoods, identification of sustainable models for development, and the engagement of community partners and older adult advocates to support implementation. Additional grants may be invited this fiscal year based on the preliminary results of this work.
Long-Term Services and Supports
Grants may be considered in the fourth quarter of the fiscal year based on recommendations from the Long Term Services and Supports Integration Committee funded by The Health Trust in FY 2013.
Linkages and Resources
To address the dearth of insurance enrollment resources in San Benito County, a grant was awarded to San Benito Health Foundation in the Fall of 2013 to develop the infrastructure to become an enrollment entity and create a new and convenient access point for insurance enrollment in the County.
Persons with criminal convictions encounter barriers to employment, housing, and safety net services. The San Jose State University Record Clearance Project provides criminal conviction expungement education and assistance to eligible individuals. Through a grant to the Project in the Fall of 2013, The Health Trust is supporting the extension of this service into the Elmwood jail to assess whether earlier knowledge about expungement can have a positive impact on recidivism rates.
No additional grants are expected in this strategy during the current fiscal year.
In support of The Health Trust’s campaign to bring fluoride to the water supply in San Jose, it is anticipated that a technical assistance grant will be invited during the fourth quarter of the fiscal year.
Disruptive Innovation (DI) is a framework, first coined by Clayton M. Christensen, which seeks to create value within a new market, eventually displacing the existing market and value networks. The Health Trust launched a Disruptive Innovation Initiative
in 2012 to explore the use of the DI frame within the social services sector. An RFP is being considered in the Spring of 2014 for a targeted DI project to address a specific issue identified by The Health Trust.
During Fiscal Year 2013, the Board of Trustees awarded 39 grants totaling $2.5 Million. Select Grant List for Fiscal Year 2013.
Health Partnership grants are made out of a restricted fund for medically-related purposes in accordance with The Health Trust’s organizational charter and by-laws. The Health Trust defines medically-related as “the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease.” The Health Trust’s grantmaking, places a strategic focus on health promotion and disease prevention. Health Partnership grants are funded through a hospital sponsor designated by The Health Trust.
Step 1: Letters of Intent (LOI)
- Applicants should begin by submitting a two-page Letter of Intent (LOI).
- Applicants may contact the Grants Department by e-mail for questions regarding project alignment with The Health Trust’s current funding priorities.
- Letters of Intent are accepted and reviewed on an on-going basis.
- Applicants may request multi-year funding and there is no maximum grant request amount, however, the grant period and grant amount should be appropriate to the scope of the project.
- Applicants will be notified within 45 days after the receipt of an LOI if their request has been declined or is under further consideration.
Step 2: Full Proposal – Invitation Only
- When The Health Trust is interested in further considering a Letter of Intent, applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. Invitations to submit a full proposal do not indicate a commitment of funding.
- After receipt of a full proposal, the grantmaking staff will conduct due diligence and applicants may receive a follow-up phone call or site visit.
- Full proposals are reviewed by the Grantmaking Committee and decisions are made by the Board of Trustees according to the schedule below
- Applicants can expect the application process to take approximately three to five months.
Proposal due dates:
|Invited Full Proposals due:
|January 20, 2014
||March 12, 2014
|April 28, 2014
||June 25, 2014