Healthy Greenville 2036: Frequently Asked Questions

Submit your questions to: healthygreenville2036@ghs.org

Newest Questions:

Do you want only a single proposal from each institution, or can there be multiple submissions from a single institution? Fewer, larger proposals theoretically makes life easier for the reviewers and grants committee, but large institutions might then be inclined to shoe-horn unrelated projects together that are difficult to review effectively as a whole.

Healthy Greenville 2036 and the Greenville Health Authority Board of Trustees will not limit submissions from any institution or organization. Decisions on how many submissions are made are left to the institution/organization.

Can the grant be used to pay my medical bills?

Sorry, but no.

I heard from one of our community partners that there is an information meeting next week regard a GHS grant opportunity.  Just wondering why I hadn’t been invited to that or know about it.  I would love to go if I am available.  Can you please let me know the details?

No invitations were issued, but we did send a “Save the Date” to many organizations, but knowing that we could not capture every single worthy organization, we asked the recipients to feel free to pass along the information.

We released this information to the Media and issued a press release as soon as the Board of Trustees gave final approval on April 18, 2017. All information is found at: www.ghs.org/healthygreenville2036, including the dates, times and locations of the information sessions to be held next week. All questions should be submitted via healthygreenville2036@ghs.org so that we can post Q&As for the benefit of all who may be interested in applying.

In regards to the Healthy Greenville 2036 initiative, could a college/university servicing Oconee Memorial and Baptist Easley (both part of the GHS) qualify to apply for a Healthy Greenville 2036 grant?

Any college/university can apply; however, the grant work (project) must be done within Greenville County and for the benefit of Greenville County residents.

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Why is the Greenville Health System making this gift to the Greenville County community?
A.  Greenville Health System (GHS) has had a longstanding commitment to the health and wellbeing of the communities it serves. It has recently deepened this commitment by providing in its lease with the Greenville Health Authority (GHA) that it will provide $4 million each year for the next 20 years to GHA which will administer a grants program to support health-related care, health research and health education initiatives benefiting the residents of Greenville County. The program is titled, “Healthy Greenville 2036”.

B.  This $80 million investment in the health of Greenville County’s residents is equal to the amount that Greenville County taxpayers paid toward the formation and building of the Greenville Hospital System (GHS) from 1947 to 1997; the last year that GHS received tax dollars from government sources was 1997.

C.  Since 1947, more than $2 billion in capital investments have been made by GHS in the form of buildings and equipment to provide health care for the community. Less than 3% of this overall investment derived from taxpayer dollars.

D.  The $80 million investment in Healthy Greenville 2036 reinforces the GHS’ commitment to being a safety net provider for Greenville County. GHS’ level of uncompensated care averages $178 million a year; this will not change in the future.

What is Greenville Health Authority trying to accomplish through Healthy Greenville 2036?

The vision of Healthy Greenville 2036 is that Greenville County will be healthiest county in America by 2036. This bold vision for a community of healthy, thriving individuals and families is supported by a mission statement: to fund health-related care, health research, and health education that improves the health of Greenville County residents.   Two goals will serve to keep the funding focused on achievement of the vision. Goal 1: make grants that improve health outcomes for Greenville County’s residents by preventing health problems through individual choices; providing access to health and medical care; and supporting medical education/health workforce needs. Goal 2: leverage existing community projects and partners to improve the health of people in Greenville County.

What organizations are eligible to submit a letter of intent?

Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 tax exempt status: community-based; healthcare providers regardless of affiliation (including GHS); non-GHS hospitals regardless of affiliation; academic institutions (schools, colleges, universities;) coalitions or collaboratives; and government agencies. Organizations of all budget sizes are welcome to submit a letter of intent.

Organizations must provide the program/project within Greenville County.

What organizations are not eligible to submit a letter of intent?

Nonprofit organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) tax exempt status are not eligible.  For-profit entitles are not eligible. Programs operating outside of Greenville County are not eligible.

Will grants be made to organizations operating outside Greenville County?

No.

If an organization is headquartered outside of Greenville County but has programs in Greenville County, can they apply for funding for the program/project that is in Greenville County?

Yes, provided that all other criteria are met.

Is the Healthy Greenville 2036 website the only way to submit a letter of intent?

Yes

Can I mail or email my letter of intent to Healthy Greenville 2036?

No, all letters of intent must be submitted through the Healthy Greenville 2036 website as directed in the RFP: www.ghs.org/healthygreenville2036

If my organization or project receives funding from other foundations or United Way, am I still eligible to receive funding from Healthy Greenville 2036?

Yes

Will any grants be made without first submitting a letter of intent?

No

What percentage of the $4 million per year will be awarded in grants?

It is our intention to award up to 97% of the $4 million each year in grants. However, a small amount may be withheld each year for a contingency fund in the event there is a year when funding is not available. Future years’ grant awards are predicated on the satisfactory financial performance of GHS to continue to fund the program.

A $250,000 grant, even over multiple years, seems like a large amount for our organization. What are our options?

Your organization can collaborate/partner with other entities to submit a request, with your organizations’ program or project as part of a larger program or project. You can submit a request for multiple years, e.g. $50,000 per year for each of five years.

Will the grant funding be awarded equally among the four priority areas: access to healthcare; social determinants of health; mental health; and healthy eating and exercise?

Not necessarily. Grant funding will be awarded based on merit of the applications received and the ability of the programs/projects to move Greenville County toward being the healthiest county in America.

Will projects receive preference if they cover more than one of the four priority areas?

Being able to address more than one of the four priority areas may be helpful but it is not required to receive funding.

What is the role of the county health rankings (countyhealthrankings.org) in the grantmaking process?

The County Health Rankings are the measures that will be used to determine when Greenville County achieves its vison of being the healthiest county in America.  The metrics in the rankings should be used as a guide for your anticipated outcomes.

What is the role of the county health rankings (countyhealthrankings.org) in the grant evaluation process?

All grants will be evaluated based on their ability to make progress on one or more of the rankings.

Does Healthy Grenville 2036 fund only projects that are affiliated with Greenville Health System or its entities?

No.  All letters of intent will be considered based on their merits.

Does Healthy Greenville 2036 give preference to projects that are affiliated with or collaborating with Greenville Health System or its entities?

No. All letters of intent will be considered based on their merits.

Does Healthy Greenville 2036 fund capital campaigns or capital projects?

Maybe. If the capital campaign or capital project has a direct tie to at least one of the four priority areas and supports progress on Greenville County’s standing in the County Health Rankings, such campaigns or projects may be considered.

Does Healthy Greenville 2036 fund general operating support or day-to-day operations?

No.

What costs are “allowable” in the grant (project) budget?

Costs of the program/project are allowed. The RFP contains details about allowable costs.

Does Healthy Greenville 2036 cover indirect costs?

Indirect costs will be considered on a case by case basis.

What assistance is available to my organization in creating my letter of intent (LOI)?

Healthy Greenville 2036 is unable to provide technical assistance or advisement about the crafting of letters of intent outside of what is in the RFP, FAQs, and discussion at community meetings.

What assistance is available to my organization if we are asked to submit a full application for funding?

Conference calls will be held on at least two days during July to answer questions about full applications for funding. Healthy Greenville 2036 strongly suggests participating in one of these conference calls by bringing your questions to the calls. If you are invited to submit a full application, Healthy Greenville 2036 will advise you as to the days/times of the Q&A conference calls.

Who do I call with questions?

Submit your questions to: HealthyGreenville2036@ghs.org

The Healthy Greenville 2036 website is the source of information about the grant process, in addition to the April community meetings.

These questions, along with additional questions submitted, will be posted at www.ghs.org/healthygreenville2036 and available for anyone to see.

Who is reviewing the letters of intent and deciding who will be invited to submit a full grant application?

The Grants Committee will be utilizing a review-and-rank process based on the criteria in the RFP.  External expert reviewers will be recruited to assist in the review and ranking process, providing advice to the Grants Committee.

Who is reviewing the full grant applications and making the decisions about the grant awards?

The Grants Committee will be utilizing a review-and-rank process based on the criteria in the RFP.  External expert reviewers will be recruited to assist in the review and ranking process, providing advice to the Grants Committee.

If I receive a grant award, is my organization required to be able to collect data to support the outcomes of our work?

Yes.

Will we need to hire an evaluator (contract or otherwise) to be able to comply with the terms of the grant award?

No. You should be prepared to collect data in your organization but you will not be required to hire an external evaluator. You may choose to do so but will not be required to do so.

Can we include the costs of evaluating our program or project in the grant budget when we submit our application to you?

Yes.

If my organization is awarded a grant, how often will we need to report our progress to Healthy Greenville 2036?

At the close of each grant award period, which will be 12 months after you’ve received a grant.

Can my organization request an extension to submit our letter of intent?

No. All letters of intent must be submitted by the published deadline.

If my organization is invited to submit a full grant application, can we request an extension from the deadline we are given?

No. All applications must be submitted by the published deadline.