The Greater Rochester
Health Foundation Board of Directors has adopted the following policies
regarding investing of programs that can demonstrate impact on improving the
health of the greater Rochester community.
The mission of GRHF is to improve the health status of the greater
Rochester community. We believe that in order to successfully accomplish this
mission we must concentrate our investments in effective program interventions
in our areas of focus. Program proposals that include capital will first be
evaluated for the program components, based upon the evaluation metric set
forth in the Requests for Proposals (RFP).
GRHF recognizes that all organizations have indirect costs that
must be considered when funding a specific program to improve the health of the
community. These costs are integral to the infrastructure of the organization
and necessary to ensure a viable organization, but are not directly related to
the grant. Indirect costs include rent, utilities, wages for administrative
staff, office supplies, telephone service and equipment. GRHF will consider
paying indirect costs up to 15% if the total grant's direct costs.
Requests for Proposals and the Review Process
GRHF regularly publishes
Requests for Proposals in the area of Opportunity Grants, and occasionally special Projects (Prevention and
Health Care Delivery) and Neighborhood Health Status Improvement. Off-cycle
requests for funding also are considered depending upon the availability of
funding and the merit of the proposed activity.
Proposals are reviewed using pre-determined criteria which may include the
health issue being addressed and the scope of the issue in the context of the
community's health, the demographics and number of people impacted by the
health issue, and what steps the program will take to enroll or engage the
target population. Proposals typically ask for evidence or support that the
proposed intervention will demonstrate impact, potential challenges and how
they will be addressed, how impact will be measured and evaluated, the
milestones indicating progress against proposed outcomes as well as a detailed