If you have additional inquiries about the submitting a grant proposal, please feel free to contact Marla Oros, RN, MS, President, Mosaic Group, firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the purpose of the grant award?
Over the past year, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership worked hard to understand the unique strengths, concerns and conditions that impact the future success of the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail. Through analysis of community health status and input from multiple stakeholders in the Westside community, a set of core measures and priority program areas emerged to guide early programming on the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail. This effort will focus on programs aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of adults, youth and seniors. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is seeking proposals that will respond to these program areas.
How many awards will be made?
Two types of program awards will be made:
- One Year Small Grant Awards (maximum award $30,000): up to 5-7 proposals will be funded and successful applicants will be expected to fulfill deliverables in one year.
- Two Year Large Grant Awards (maximum award $100,000): up to 3 proposals will be funded and successful applicants will be expected to fulfill deliverables in a two-year period.
Is there a requirement for matching funds?
There is no requirement for matching funds but strong applications will demonstrate their plans for sustainability beyond the grant period.
Who is eligible to apply?
Grants are limited to organizations that are exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and governmental entities, such as county health departments and community service boards. If a group of individuals or organizations are applying at least one will need to qualify as a non-profit organization in order to serve as the fiscal agent for the award. The fiscal agent need not be the lead program delivery agent, but should be an engaged member of the collaborative. Applicant organizations will also be required to demonstrate that they are based in, or provide programs and services to the defined Westside Trail neighborhoods. Only one submission will be permitted from any organization or group.
Which neighborhoods make up the Westside Beltline Trail?
For the purposes of this award, the following neighborhoods/communities are regarded as being along the Westside Trail – Adair Park, Ashview Heights, Capitol View, Capitol View Manor, Harris Chiles, Hunter Hills, Just Us, Mozley Park, Oakland City, Washington Park, West End and Westview.
Why do I need to submit a short proposal?
The short proposal process will be used to estimate the level of interest, likely number of potential applicants for funding and indicate where there may be opportunities for collaboration ahead of an invitation to prepare a more comprehensive and formal proposal. The short proposal template may be found at the Apply for Grants Tab.
Will all short proposal applicants be asked to submit a formal proposal?
No. Using a review process, short proposals will be ranked and the strongest ones will be invited to submit a formal proposal. The process will also identify applicants who might have the opportunity to strengthen their proposals by collaborating with other applicants interested in doing similar work. The Atlanta Beltline Partnership and its agents and reviewers will provide all short proposal applicants with feedback and issue the invitation for selected individuals, organizations and/or groups to complete a formal application.
What are your deadlines for receipt of proposals?
- Informational webinars to help guide applicants in preparing their submissions will be conducted in August and September 2016.
- Short proposals are due by October 17, 2016.
- Selected applicants will be invited to submit a more comprehensive and formal proposal. Those proposals will be due by April 19, 2017.
Will additional guidance or technical assistance be provided to applicants?
All invited applicants will be provided with additional targeted technical support and assistance to help guide the preparation of their proposals. This is to increase the potential for as many strong applications as possible. The technical assistance period will run from January 2017 through the due date for the application.
What are the key elements for a successful application?
1. Have a strong potential to impact most of the following short-term core outcomes for the Atlanta BeltLine:
- Increase use of the Westside Trail.
- Increase physical activity levels of program participants.
- Improve program participant’s perceptions about using the Westside Trail, specifically around areas that promote their use and barriers to use.
- Improve physical access to the Westside Trail.
2. Focus on program participants who reside in Westside Trail communities.
3. Have a preliminary and thoughtful plan for the program’s continued operation after grant funding ends.
4. Include partnerships and collaboration with other community organizations to promote greater program reach and diversity across the neighborhoods on the Westside.
How do I know my proposal will receive a fair review?
A group of up to 9 reviewers will participate in the review of final proposals. Reviewers will be comprised of representatives from the Atlanta Beltline Partnership, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, the Atlanta Beltline Partnership Health Steering Committee, Westside Trail Neighborhoods, Fulton County Health Department and community-based businesses. Scoring criteria will inform decision making and site visits will be conducted after document review of finalist candidates. Applicants and/or their agents will not be permitted to be members of the review team and signed conflict of interest disclosures will be used as a part of this process.
When will awards be made?
The announcement of awardees will be made in summer 2017 to coincide with the opening of the Westside Trail.
Who do I contact for more information?
For specific questions about the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s Westside Trail Community Health Grant Program, please contact:
Marla Oros, RN, MS, President, Mosaic Group
Do the neighborhoods correlate with zip codes?
There are overlapping zip codes across some of the neighborhoods of interest. Please see the Needs Assessment/Environmental Scan document for more information.
If an organization’s current activities/programming aligns with the grant’s objectives, can an organization apply for coverage of expanded programming fees, or are you looking for project-based applications?
While this initiative anticipates a significant number of project based applications, a request for funding of expanded programs being carried out by eligible organizations is considered to be within scope.
Can the program include multiple types of projects? For example, physical activity and health education?
Yes. Applicants may choose to describe more than one area of focus within the limits of the resources being requested.
The needs assessment data will be most helpful and very informative. Will it be available to applicants?
A copy of the needs assessment and environmental scan is available. Download PDF of needs assessment.
If some of the participants live outside of the 12 target neighborhoods, should those specific neighborhoods be indicated in the application?
Yes. While this opportunity is focused on the 12 neighborhoods outlined, any additional communities to be included in your service or intervention area should be indicated on the short proposal form.
Does the Atlanta BeltLine have any initial information about barriers to access or perceptions of the trail among Westside residents?
As a part of the needs assessment and environmental scan, some of this information was collected from interviews and focus groups with vulnerable stakeholders living in the community (i.e. seniors and youth).
When the grant funds are awarded, will the Westside Beltline Trail be open or will it still be under construction?
The timing of the awards under this initiative anticipates that construction will be complete and the Trail opened by Summer of 2017.
Does the Westside trail connect any specific neighborhood resources/organizations like schools, parks, etc?
Yes. Please see map and diagram in the Needs Assessment Document
for more information about the connectivity of the Trail to Park and other community resources.
Will the second webinar contain different information or the same content?
The second webinar is expected to contain the same information as the first. Two sessions were scheduled for different times of day to provide potential applicants with options to participate.