Seed-And-Scale Match Innovation Grant

Creating A Healthy, Inclusive, And Resilient Coatesville

The Seed-And-Scale Match Innovation Grant distributes up to  $250,000 worth of programatic grants and an additional $250,000 in matching general operating dollars.

This grant opportunity is applicable for those making a positive impact on the Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing in our community through creative, solution focused ideas ready for implementation or promising, innovations ready to scale.

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Grant Info Sessions

 We invited 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations who serve the Greater Coatesville Area to join us on EITHER Tuesday, April 23 or Wednesday, April 24 to learn more about AHE’s Match Innovation Grant opportunity. As part of AHE’s Trust-Based Philanthropy, this is an open grant opportunity for organizations making a positive impact on the Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing in our community through creative, solution focused ideas ready for implementation or promising, innovations ready to scale.

Didn’t have a chance to attend a Grant Info session? Click below to learn more about the Seed-and-Scale by rewatching a Grant Info session recording!  

Anticipated Timeline

Funding Announcement Release Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Online Submission Due Date: May 17, 2024 at 3PM 
Anticipated Date of Grant Award: June 2024

 

About The Fund
How Seed-And-Scale Works
Guidelines and Requirements
Frequently Asked Questions

About the Fund

The Alliance for Health Equity continues to adopt trust-based philanthropy approaches under its commitment to equity in Greater Coatesville. As such, the 2024 Seed-And-Scale Match Innovation Grant will provide programmatic and general operating support overall 18-month period (June 30, 2024- December 10, 2025) to fund innovative approaches to address Greater Coatesville’s most pressing community needs.

In the Spring of 2022, AHE committed to focusing its grantmaking efforts on the most pressing community needs related to the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), based on community and grant partner survey and interviews. In subsequent years, AHE has led community wide health assessments and convened a yearlong collective impact cross-sector partnership initiative to address and support gaps in service due to the closure of the Brandywine Hospital.

With the newly launched Equity Health Center (April 2024) to support integrated health services, AHE has continued its commitment to increase positive health outcomes, under this Spring 2024 announcement, to address the Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing in our community through creative, solution focused ideas ready for implementation or promising, innovations ready to scale in Greater Coatesville.

Organizations will have the opportunity to apply to grants that provide financial support to them over an 18-month timeline project (July 1 2024 – December 8, 2025). 

  • They will receive an initial grant in full to begin planning or implementation.
  • They will have 18 months to raise funds towards their project which will be matched dollar for dollar with Alliance for Health Equity Funds.

In line with a “Trust-Based Philanthropy” perspective, we will ask organizations how they already track or intend to track the impact and that is the data we will collect.

The grants must be for programming, staffing or purchase towards a project that is ultimately scalable.

The Seed and Scale Match Innovation Fund provides multi-year program and general operating support for:

  • Submissions that address the Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing in our community through creative, solution focused ideas ready for implementation or promising, innovations ready to scale in Greater Coatesville.
  • 501c3 Nonprofit organizations
  • 501c grassroots community organizations* (such as a religious institution, civic clubs, activist groups, etc.) with annual budgets $500K and under.

Non-profit Organizations are organizations that have capacity, content expertise, and access to other funding and resources to support the overall initiative that can help improve a community’s health.

A Grassroot Community Organization is defined as: “people who are drawn together by something that they have in common that has both personal and community consequences and grant themselves the authority to solve the problem they are facing or create the future they desire.”   Grassroot Community organizations often have the most sensitive understanding of the challenges, priorities among affected communities, and the solutions most likely to be embraced and sustained. Therefore, the grassroots community organizations should be financially compensated for their time, community capital and resources.

 

General

Do you accept or review unsolicited proposals?

No. The Alliance does not accept or review unsolicited proposals outside of our grant making cycle and Request for Proposals. For most grants, we will release a Funding Opportunity. At times staff will approach an organization directly and invite them to submit a proposal. Infrequently, we may solicit applications for a targeted project through an open Call for Proposals.

Do you fund organizations outside of the Greater Coatesville area?

Organizations must serve populations in at least one of our following geographic service areas: the City of Coatesville, the Boroughs of Modena and South Coatesville and Townships of Caln, East Fallowfield, Sadsbury, Valley, West Brandywine and West Caln.

What don’t you fund?

  • Capital Projects
  • Political Campaigns
  • Lobbying efforts
  • Individuals
  • Event Sponsorships
  • Research and development for a nonprofit endeavor

What type of organizations do you fund?

Most of our funding goes to tax-exempt organizations (nonprofits and public charities) and occasionally we fund public agencies. Alliance staff will identify and fund consultants (LLC with proper insurance) at our discretion.

In addition to funding, we want to be more than a checkbook. We share our expertise directly with nonprofit leaders, advocates, policymakers, and government officials to leverage and support improved practices and policies for the health of the Greater Coatesville community. We also share resources to build capacity of our grant partners.

Can you restate your new fund categories?

The Alliance has continued its commitment to increase positive health outcomes, under this Spring 2024 announcement, to address the Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing in our community through creative, solution focused ideas ready for implementation or promising, innovations ready to scale in Greater Coatesville. 

What areas of work do you fund?

In support of our vision: a thriving, inclusive and health community for all, we focus our efforts in areas that address SDOH. We fund initiatives that align with our three strategic priorities:

Priority 1. Integrated Services: This priority supports partnerships that improve systems of care across clinical and community-based services and provides opportunities to address vital conditions that communities depend on to reach their full potential. Such as integrated health, mental health, family and social supports, housing, healthy food options, employment opportunities, reliable transportation, and quality education, all which can play a role on one’s health.

Priority 2. Healthy Community: This priority supports healthy inclusive spaces and places in settings like childcare, daycare, public parks, playgrounds and after school. Creating healthy environments through partnerships can bring forward health, equity, and dignity in public spaces that help to unite communities, strengthen social bonds and capital, and provide everyone with opportunities for good health.

Priority 3. Community Voice: This priority supports building civic infrastructure for community members to co-create a shared future that leads to positive community-driven solutions.

Must my organization and initiative focus on low-income populations?

Yes

How are you defining a 501c3 non-profit Organization?

A non-profit organization who will be the recipient of the funding awarded through The Seed and Scale Innovation Match Fund: 

  • will need to demonstrate that it has the fiscal procedures and policies in place and capabilities to be the recipient of the funding.   
  • Organization must have a 501(c)(3) IRS letter of determination verifying status as an independent nonprofit organization. 

The following organizations would not qualify in response to The Seed and Scale Match Innovation Grant, however they are encouraged to participate in the initiative: 

  • non-profit hospitals 
  • public charity foundations or private foundations  
  • public benefit or B-corporations 
  • community development financial institutions (CDFI) 
  • school districts or universities. 
  • any governmental entity or 
  • non-profit health insurance companies 

How are you defining Grassroots Community Organizations? 

Grassroots Community Organizations are defined as “organizations who are drawn together by something that they have in common that has both personal and community consequences and grant themselves the authority to solve the problem that they are facing or create the future they desire. The average operating budget for the Grassroots Community Partner should not exceed $500,000.   

 They can include: 

  • Civic Organizations 
  • Grassroots Community-based Nonprofits 
  • Community Development Corporations 
  • Faith-based Organizations 

Are Letters of Commitments required as part of the proposal submission?

No.

Applicants are required to complete the submission form that includes organizational name and mission; nonprofit status; most recent 990; grassroots partnering organization name, contact person(s), and organizational legal status; Social Determinants of Health area (education or employment) of concentration; and funding request.

Applicants who meet all criteria will be invited to a 45-minute interview that replaces a traditional narrative application.

Can you elaborate on The Seed and Scale Match Innovation Fund Information session? 

The Let’s Talk Seed and Scale Match Innovation Fund Information Session is scheduled for April 23 & April 24th. It is intended to provide a more detailed overview of The Seed and Scale Match Innovation Fund. The Alliance will review the funding opportunity in detail and facilitate a Q & A session. 

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