Frequently Asked Questions

A: Organizations that apply to the foundation for funding must be 501(c)(3) organizations as determined by the IRS. However, one exception is that school districts are eligible to apply for mini-grants. Mini-grants are requests of up to $5,000. All grants must benefit residents of the Partnership’s defined geographic area. The scope of the Partnership’s service region includes: all of Perry County, Western and Central Cumberland County, Northern Adams County and the Greater Shippensburg area.

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A: The Partnership makes investments in programs, projects, and collaborative initiatives that aim to build healthy communities; ensure access to affordable health care; and strengthen health capacities.

A: The Partnership hosts three funding opportunities throughout the year for all grant requests. The application deadlines and decision-making dates are as follows:

  • Apply August 1 – Decision made by October 15
  • Apply December 1 – Decision made by February 15
  • Apply March 1 – Decision made by June 15

A: The Partnership does not fund the following items:

  • Endowment drives
  • Annual fund drives or loans
  • Advertising in yearbooks or programs
  • Electoral activities
  • Individual scholarships, internships or awards
  • Retroactive expenses or projects
  • “Athons” or other similar sponsorships
  • More than 25% of an agency’s annual operating budget
  • Athletic, recreational or alumni activities
  • Operating deficits
  • Individual medical bills
  • Capital expenditures in excess of $50,000 for program-related needs
  • Any portion of fees to a national or state association

A: All applications to the Partnership are received through our online grants management system. If you are a new applicant and have questions, feel free to contact our grants staff before starting your application process. You may also proceed to the “Apply Now” link on our web page.

A: The Partnership gives highest priority to grants that meaningfully address health equity and social determinants of health, using systems change strategies. The foundation also gives priority to projects that incorporate and demonstrate the following:
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Evidence-based strategies and best practices
  • Policy advocacy
  • Incorporation of diversity and inclusion
  • A track record of success
  • Innovative, forward-thinking strategies
  • A plan for future sustainability

A: The Partnership views sustainability as an organization’s ability to continue a program, project or strategy by securing reliable financial resources and revenue streams to support the effort into the future. Due to the ongoing demand on the Partnership’s grants, each program’s ability to work toward independent sustainability and diversified funding is critical.

A: Program eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. Some grants may last one year, while others may be renewed for two to three years. Because the Partnership is committed to continually making funds available to support new projects, priority is given to funding projects that can become sustainable over time. It is rare that a project ever receives more than three or four years of total funding.

A: The Partnership assesses the ratio of overhead expenses to program/service expenses on a case by case basis, seeking a balance of efficiency and effectiveness.