Application Guidelines

Eligibility to Apply
Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to apply. Only one grant application per organization is allowed. All organizations must include the most current financial audit or IRS Form 990 with their application. Grassroots, community-based organizations will be prioritized. The Foundation will consider applications from organizations located within and serving individuals in the following counties: Ashland, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit.

Population Focus
Applications addressing the needs of groups identified by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio as facing the worst health outcomes will be prioritized. These groups are:
• Black and Hispanic/Latinx individuals, families and communities
• Those without a high school education
• Those with a disability
• Low-income individuals and families

Read more: Health Policy Institute of Ohio Health Value Dashboard

Responsive grants made in 2021 will be for one (1) year only. Grant awards are expected to be in the range of $25,000 – $50,000. Award decisions will be made in November 2021.

Application Process
The deadline to apply is 11:59 pm on September 1, 2021. The Board of Directors will meet in November to consider applications and award grants. All applications must be submitted online.

What We’ll Consider
The HealthComp Foundation will consider support for both “upstream” and “midstream” efforts. Upstream interventions are those that aim to improve community conditions and systems by addressing the needs of groups or communities. Midstream interventions and programs are those that address individuals’ and families’ social needs. Downstream interventions are those that provide clinical care and will not be considered.

For more information on the difference between upstream, midstream and downstream interventions, please refer to this Health Affairs article.

Organizations should be able to demonstrate that they (1) have or are actively working towards board and staff leadership that is representative of the people they serve; and (2) involve the community they serve in project planning/implementation based on data analysis or meaningful community input, even if their work clearly benefits people facing current and/or historic inequities. As a result of the racial inequities revealed by the pandemic, special/priority consideration will be given to Black-led, Black-serving organizations.

We will consider support for projects/programs and capacity building efforts, such as training. We will not fund scholarships or capital projects.