The Partnership for Better Health provides funding for grants and initiatives that improve individual health status and community health capacity through the use of evidence-based strategies and best practices.
In 2019-2020, we strategically invested nearly $2.4 million in grants and initiatives, by partnering with scores of community organizations to advance access to affordable medical and dental care, health education, health promotion, mental health services, the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and more.
In response to COVID-19, the Partnership for Better Health made over $1.2 million in emergency grants to advance the work of 119 different programs that stepped up to meet basic health and human service needs during the pandemic. This funding cycle is now closed.
The Partnership for Better Health welcomes new applications for our traditional grants. Regular grant deadlines are August 1, December 1 and March 1. Our traditional grantmaking funds are designed to reflect the foundation’s health framework to:
- Build healthy communities, by supporting projects that advance decisions, conditions, policies and systems that enable people to live healthier lives in their schools, workplaces, homes and neighborhoods. Priority is given to groups working collaboratively to create systemic changes. Systems change strategies create more unified, coordinated and adaptable systems to better address an often complex social issue.
- Ensure access to affordable health care, by investing in grants and initiatives that increase access to medical, dental and behavioral health services for individuals throughout our region, especially those who are most vulnerable to poor health.
- Strengthen health capacities, by advancing the ability of organizations and partners to engage in comprehensive strategies that improve health. Funds may be used to build the capacity of social service providers to develop strategic plans and adopt best practices. They may also be used to mobilize coalitions to address shared health goals.
Organizations may also apply for mini-grants of up to $5,000, in support of distinct health programs or services in schools and communities. Click on the “Grant Funding Categories” tabs below to learn more about each fund.
- Only 501(c) 3 organizations are eligible for grants from the Partnership.
- No grants are made to individuals.
- Additionally, school districts are eligible to apply for mini-grants of up to $5,000.
- Organizations must provide services that benefit residents of our specific geographic area. The partnership region includes all of Perry County, Western and Central Cumberland County, Northern Adams County and Greater Shippensburg.
- 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
The Partnership for Better Health is particularly interested in projects that improve the health of individuals and communities by focusing on social determinants of health and health equity. The foundation seeks partners with the capacity to address them through their work.
- Social determinants of health are the structural factors and conditions that affect everyone’s health. People’s homes, schools, jobs and neighborhoods significantly influence health outcomes. Social determinants of health include socioeconomic status, the environment, neighborhood safety, social support networks, and access to resources to meet daily needs, such as safe housing and healthy foods. Where people live, learn, work and play significantly affects health. Recognizing that place matters, the Partnership seeks to create strong social and physical environments that promote health for all.
- Health equity means ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health. Health disparities arise as a result of differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, income, education, disability and geographic region. By addressing inequities created within society’s different systems and environments, our goal is to ensure that everyone has the chance to live a healthy life.
For every endeavor that the Partnership for Better Health undertakes, we will seek to learn:
- How will this effort address structural determinants and conditions that affect the health of people whose life circumstances make them vulnerable to poor health?
- How will this effort advance health equity and address barriers that create inequities in systems and in society?
Priority will be given to organizations and projects that demonstrate a commitment to the following types of strategies:
Applications must address as many of these priorities as possible.
- Addressing social determinants of health
- Advancing health equity by addressing systems and conditions that create inequities
- Evidence-based strategies and best practices (strategies with strong research documenting their effectiveness in creating positive health outcomes)
- Collaborative partnerships
- Systems change solutions (systemic strategies that are designed to improve all aspects of how a set of organizations, institutions or system works)
- Policy advocacy
- Diversity and inclusion (consider especially the inclusion of people with lived experience in the planning process—these are people with firsthand experience of health challenges and inequities)
- Demonstrated track records of success
- Innovative, forward-thinking strategies
- A plan for future sustainability or conclusion upon completing core goals
Northern Adams County Zips
17303, 17304, 17306, 17307, 17316, 17324, 17337, 17372,
Cumberland County Zips
17007, 17013, 17015, 17065, 17081, 17240, 17241, 17257, 17266, 17324
Perry County Zips
17006, 17020, 17024, 17037, 17040, 17045, 17047, 17053, 17062, 17068, 17069, 17071, 17074 , 17090
All grants will be made through one of four funding categories:
1. Healthy Communities Fund
Goal: Fund organizations and projects that support decisions, conditions, policies and systems that enable people to live healthier lives in their schools, workplaces, homes and neighborhoods.
- Foster system changes: System changes may be made to improve how interconnecting relationships, policies, processes, knowledge, norms and power structures work within a given community, sector or institution, as they relate to an important and often complex social issue.
- Preference will be given to organizations working collaboratively to create change (as opposed to delivering direct services and individual programs).
- Ensure voices of underserved people are represented
- Enable older adults to age in place
- Family economic security
- Integrated trail systems
- Recreational opportunities for under-served communities
- Affordable housing
- Access to healthy foods
- Violence prevention strategies
2. Access For All Fund
Goal: Ensure equitable access to health services by supporting direct services and capacity building.
Grant Size: $10,000 - $100,000/year; Duration: One-year grants and RFPs for first-time applicants; prior grant recipients invited to apply for 3-year grants (maximum = 4 years). Projects focusing on the following issues are especially encouraged:
- Medical, dental & behavioral health services
- Health insurance outreach and enrollment
- Improving cultural competence among service providers
- Language translation and interpretation services that increase access to health
- Training for frontline staff serving the Medicaid population
- Program evaluation & meaningful data collection to assess health outcomes and inform continuous program improvements
3. Strengthening Health Capacities Fund
Goal: Build the ability of organizations and collaborative partners to engage in comprehensive strategies that improve health (particularly in non-traditional health settings like schools, workplaces, agencies and in collaborations).
Grant size: $10,000 - $75,000/year; Duration: 1-year grants and RFPs for first-time applicants; prior grant recipients invited to apply for 2-year grants (maximum = 3 years). Projects focusing on the following issues are especially encouraged:
- Promote the integration of behavioral health and primary care
- Build the capacity of social service providers to adopt trauma informed care
- Educate people in non-medical professions to integrate a health lens in their work, such as teachers’ abilities to address mental health issues with students
- Broadly: Mobilize coalitions and collective impact strategies to address shared health goals and outcomes, related to the health framework
4. Mini Grants
Criteria: Grants should fit within Partnership’s Broad Health Framework
Grant size: $1,000 - $5,000/year; Duration: 1 year grants, with possibility of 2-year renewals (maximum = 3 years) Examples include:
- Distinct programs in schools or the community
- Meeting or training expenses
- Responses to a community health emergency
There are three deadline dates for all grant funds (to include mini grants):
- Apply August 1 Decision by October 15
- Apply December 1 Decision by February 15
- Apply March 1 Decision by June 15
Foundation Initiatives & RFPs - Flexible Review Periods
The Partnership for Better Health accepts all applications online. This electronic system is used for all stages of the grant making process, including full applications and grant reports. Please read all of the tips below before applying for the first time, and note there is a different application process for NEW versus RENEWAL applications.
- Applications for New Projects
- Determine if your organization and the project you are proposing meet our general eligibility requirements.
- Visit our online grants management system
- If you’ve never used our system before, select “Create New Account.”
- If you are a returning grantee, supply your email address and password to access the system. Review your contact information and select "Apply Now."
- Select the NEW grant application process and proceed.
- Applications for Renewing Projects
- Log in to our online grants management system using your email address and password to access the system. Review your contact information and select "Apply Now."
- Select the RENEWAL grant application process and proceed.
- Applicant Name
- Project Name
- Amount Requested
- Geographic Area
- Focus Area
- Executive Summary
- Organization Information
- Purpose for the Project
- Evaluation Plan
- Budget Narrative
- Total Unduplicated Clients Served
- Organization and/or Program Brochure, if available
- Grantees are expected to maintain a dialogue with foundation staff to discuss any needed programmatic changes. Grant changes are recognized by the foundation as potentially valuable ways to make mid-course corrections.
- Extending grant deadlines for reports is permitted. If an extension is needed, please submit a modified plan for completion of reporting at least 30 days prior to your grant’s end date.
- If organizations are late in submitting interim or final reports, and there is no resolution 60 days after a reporting deadline, the grantee will be ineligible to apply for future grants for two or more years. Non-compliance may also result in remittance of remaining funds to the foundation.
- Organizations must receive staff approval in writing for line-item budget variances of 5 percent or more, unless the variance is $100 or less.
- Forms required for completion of final reports: Beneficiary Statistics Report, Outcome Achievement Report, Grant Financials Reports
- Please refer to the grant contract for specific information related to the reporting requirements. We have created an online follow up form for you to complete. Login to your account at the grant database portal here , locate the grant which is ending and complete the grant follow up form.
To start an application click the login button to access the online Grants Management System