2020 Responsive Grants – Call for Ideas
We’re proud to share with you that we’re broadening our efforts to meet the current needs of our community by adding a new, Responsive Grant funding opportunity: Call for Ideas.
The COVID-19 pandemic and violence against people of color have further revealed the depth of these inequities, yet our response as a region can present a path forward in collective action to invest in community health and combat injustice.
We recognize that health involves much more than access to and use of health care services. To this end, we follow the World Health Organization’s definition which asserts that “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Responsive Grants welcome community partners (community-based organizations, religious entities, educational institutions, government, and health care agencies) to help inform our priorities by bringing forward community voices and needs through projects, activities that address issues aligned with our mission to pursue and invest in solutions that build a healthier region where all people can thrive.
Understanding that only 20% of health occurs in the medical setting while 80% is influenced, often negatively, by systems and polices that create inequities and biases that prevent communities from having control of their own health, we’re seeking to work together with you to make some real changes!
Call for Ideas Submission Process 
1. Download/print PDF “Call for Ideas” and review document details
2. Create a cover page following the guidance provided
3. Answer all questions within your Idea Proposal document narrative
4. Send cover page and Idea Proposal as attachments via email to ideas@thegrhf.org
More About Responsive Grants:
•   Responsive Grants are open to non-profit organizations located (or providing service in) Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, or Yates counties.
•   We’re looking to partner with a diverse array of organizations of all sizes and geographies to support activities that address the broad influences on health and well-being that support populations and communities who are challenged by inequities and disparities. 
•   Some examples of what we’re looking to fund include ideas, projects, programs/services, advocacy, and operational support, within historically marginalized communities, such as: communities of color/indigenous communities, children and adults impacted by poverty, LGBTQIA, rural, immigrant/refugee, and older adults. (Please note that these are examples and this is not an exhaustive list).
•   The 2020 Responsive Grant – Call for Ideas process is also new, with an open/on-going submission process that will take place in two stages: Idea Proposal and a Full Proposal. This new process was shaped by feedback from former and current grantees.

Health Foundation staff are available to answer any questions you may have and/or provide guidance on your idea and how it aligns with our goals.

In addition, live question-and-answer webinars will be provided (but are not mandatory). Registrations links may be found here.

Watch a recorded FAQ webinar here; open a list of FAQs here

We welcome and encourage you to contact Monica Brown, Senior Program Officer, at (585) 258-1710, or via email at ideas@thegrhf.org to discuss your ideas before submitting your Idea Proposal.