NEW Responsive Grants Program Elevates Community Voice
Call for Ideas Coming Soon! 
(July, 2020) – 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 funding opportunity. In the beginning of August, we’ll post more information here on our website, so please visit again in the coming weeks.
The COVID-19 pandemic and recent energized civic engagement prompted by violence against people of color underscores the critical need for the Health Foundation to continue to be flexible in responding to the changing needs and priorities of our community. 
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!
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 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.
This communication serves as a pre-notification before the release of the 2020 Responsive Grant cycle. The formal release will contain full details of submission requirements, timelines and process. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Monica Brown, senior program officer via email, or at (585) 258-1710.