In 2013, Park Nicollet Foundation undertook a comprehensive review of its grant-making processes and began development of a new online grant management system. It has been a busy year and we want to bring you up to date to help you prepare for the Spring 2014 application process.
Grant Priorities for 2014
Park Nicollet Health Services recently completed an intensive Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to determine the most pressing health needs in the communities we serve. Park Nicollet Foundation is relying heavily on the results of that CHNA; its findings have helped the Foundation Board of Directors freshly evaluate our use of philanthropic dollars and set a clear focus for our 2014 Community Partner grants. Our aim is to steward those limited dollars carefully to have the most profound impact we can on the biggest health needs of our neighbors.
The mission of the Foundation, Partnering to Build Healthy Lives, is reflected in our 2014 general theme of Well-being. Under the umbrella of Well-being, grant applications addressing the following issues will take precedence in our decision making:
- Mental Health
- Senior Issues
- Access and affordability
- Culturally sensitive care
- Connecting community resources
- Obesity (The Foundation clearly recognizes the importance of addressing the obesity epidemic. However, we support many obesity-related programs within Park Nicollet Health Services and Methodist Hospital; they will not be a primary focus of our community grants.)
New Grant Management Process
There will be two major changes to the Foundation's grant management process in 2014. First, we will implement a Letter of Intent step so that only those applicants whose proposals closely fit our priorities will need to submit a full application. Second, we will move to an online, web-based application. You will be able to cut and paste, upload existing documents and save your work, not to mention help us cut down on paper and paper cuts!
Watch this site for updates as we continue to refine the Community Partner grant program for 2014. We will host a meeting for potential grantees in the winter to provide more details and answer your questions. In the meantime, if you would like to discuss the grant priorities for 2014, please contact Libby Lincoln, Program Officer, at 952-993-7130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.