FY2025 Healthy Communities Fund

The Asian American Health Initiative has determined that sustained funding is needed to facilitate community-based organizations (CBOs) and faith-based organizations (FBOs) providing linguistically and culturally appropriate services to the diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Asian American Health Initiative has launched Healthy Communities Fund to accomplish this goal. In partnership with the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County Maryland Inc. (PCC), AAHI and PCC seek to fund programs in behavioral health, senior wellness, and health & social support services.

This Request for Proposal (RFP) is to solicit applications from eligible organizations to provide health services to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in Montgomery County Maryland. Services can include but are not limited to behavioral health, senior wellness, and health & social support services. Community organizations of all sizes are encouraged to apply as there is no minimum award amount to apply.

TOTAL FUNDING AVAILABLE: $1,500,000

MAXIMUM FUNDING AVAILABLE PER ORGANIZATION/AWARD: $150,000

AWARD CATEGORIES

The Healthy Communities Fund seeks to ensure that the fund is equitable and accessible to all organizations regardless of size, capacity, and years of service. Applicants can apply for funding in one award category only. Award categories are not ranked by order of importance, do not have maximum or minimum awards to be distributed, and will not be evaluated differently. The same proposal evaluation criteria will be used. However, due to the different levels of funding, the application requirements are different. Organizations are encouraged to select a category and request amounts that are best suited to their organizational capacity and fiscal capability.

MORE THAN $50,000
The budget submitted and the amount requested must be greater than $50,000.
$50,000 OR LESS
The budget submitted and the amount requested must be equal to or less than $50,000.

FUNDING CATEGORIES

All proposed programs must address one of the following funding categories and the corresponding outcome statements listed below.

  • Funding categories are not ranked by order of importance and the number of funding categories selected by an applicant does not increase the points awarded.
  • These funding categories are for the direct benefit of the AAPI communities and residents.
  • Service examples are just examples. Thus, organizations are encouraged to propose services, within the described funding categories, that can best address the specific needs of the communities they serve.
Health Services & Social Support Services
Outcome Statement

Provide linguistically accessible and culturally appropriate services that improve health and/or enhance access to health or social support services

Service Examples

  • Chronic illness self-management programs
  • Culturally responsive food assistance efforts such as community food pantries, food distributions, or hot meals distributions
  • Programs aimed at improving cultural responsiveness/awareness of healthcare professionals

Behavioral Health
Outcome Statement

Reduce stigma around seeking behavioral health services and encourage people to seek treatment

Service Examples

  • Programs aimed at diversifying the behavioral health workforce
  • Providing counseling services in common Asian languages
  • Programs that focus on youth suicide prevention

Senior Wellness
Outcome Statement

Provide linguistically accessible information and social support to AAPI seniors

Service Examples

  • Programs addressing social isolation and loneliness among Asian American seniors
  • Conducting workforce development among AAPI to provide senior wellness services
  • Culturally specific AAPI Adult Day Centers

The following types of services are not eligible for an award through the Healthy Communities Fund:

  • Social media programs – programs or services that operate on and/or primarily engage social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, WeChat, IMO, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Snapchat, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Online content production and distribution – distribution can have an online component but not solely online.
  • Religious events or celebrations – religious events can be used to provide services, but funding cannot be used to solely pay for religious events or celebrations.
  • Cultural events or celebrations – cultural events can be used to provide services, but funding cannot be solely used to pay for cultural events or celebrations.
  • Political events or celebrations.
  • Services funded through other Montgomery County contracts or grants.
  • Services that do not capture and report the age, race, gender, and zip-code of clients served.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for a grant award under this program the applicant organization must:

  • Be a nonprofit corporation with either 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status.
  • Provide services to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in Montgomery County, Maryland. Applicants may be located in other jurisdictions, but the proposed program(s) must serve AAPI residents of Montgomery County, Maryland only. See section in RFP on “How This Program Defines Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders” for more details.
  • Be registered and in good standing with the State of Maryland or adjacent jurisdiction. Have all appropriate licenses and insurance consistent with the Primary Care Coalition terms and conditions.
  • Have been continuously delivering one or more culturally and linguistically competent services to ethnically and economically diverse AAPI communities in Montgomery County, Maryland since July 1, 2022.
  • Have the ability and capacity to provide services throughout the term of the grant period which ends June 30, 2025.
  • Agree to collect and report on client data such as age, race, gender, zip code, and more in the aggregate.

NOTE: The services funded by this grant cannot be funded through other Montgomery County contracts or grants.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants should visit this website to access the application.

  • New applicants must “Create New Account” to access the application.
  • Current HCF grantees and previous HCF applicants can log in with their existing credentials and click on the “Apply” tab to access the application.
  • All applications must be submitted on the portal by 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, August 5,2024.
  • Organizations may reach out to faaiza_ahmed@primarycarecoalition.org for assistance in the application process.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered for an award.
  • Applicants can also get assistance with composing their applications by registering for free program strategy consultations. These appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. (See Program Strategy Consultations section below).

PROGRAM TIMELINE

The grant period for AAHI Healthy Communities Fund will be from October 1, 2024, to June 30, 2025.

Key Dates:

  • RFP publication date: June 25, 2024
  • Applications open: June 25, 2024
  • Program Strategy Consultations are available on a first-come, first-served basis by registering here.
  • Informational Workshop: July 1, 2024, from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM ET. Click here to view the recording.
  • Proposal due date: 11:59 PM on August 5, 2024
  • Selected Candidates Interview: September 10-19, 2024
    • Upon application review, selected candidates will be invited to a virtual interview with AAHI and PCC program staff to present their programs and target measures.
  • Grantee Onboarding: October 1- October 15, 2024
    • During this time, awardees will meet with the PCC data consultant to strategize plans to measure and report outcome measures. Outcome measures are required and must be approved before providing any service.
  • Program start: October 1, 2024
    • Programs must begin serving clients by November 30, 2024.
  • Progress Reports must be submitted by the 10th of every month.
  • Program end: June 30, 2025
  • Final report due date: July 15, 2025

DISBURSEMENT SCHEDULE

Successful applicants will receive funds based on the following schedule:

    • 1st Installment: October 15, 2024
    • 2nd Installment: January 21, 2025
    • 3rd Installment: March 18, 2025
    • 4th Installment: May 20, 2025

Timely disbursement of the 1st installment will depend on the organization providing a complete signed grant agreement, W9 and ACH form, and Invoice #1 by September 27, 2024. Timely disbursement of the second, third, and fourth installments will depend on providing accurate accounting details and invoice AND satisfactory submission of reports and progress towards objectives as stated in the Primary Care Coalition Terms and Conditions.

PROGRAM STRATEGY CONSULTATIONS

To ensure equitable access to funding, and to support AAPI-serving organizations in developing successful programs and writing compelling grants, AAHI is offering program development consultations with AAHI Program Staff during the grant application period.

This one-on-one technical assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The technical assistance will only be provided to eligible organizations. Organizations must register to avail this benefit on a first-come, first-served basis.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES