COVID-19 Information & Updates
March 11, 2021
Mental Health & Health Services
March 11, 2021

Funders & Funding

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HealthSpark Foundation looks to change the safety net system in Montgomery County. The Foundation invests in organizations and ideas that strive to improve their operations and impact the system as a whole. The Foundation is currently accepting applications through its Innovation Lab Grant Program through April 27. Full details on the Innovation Lab can be found here.

Nonprofit Finance Accelerator. UWGPSNJ, Comcast NBCUniversal and the Nonprofit Finance Fund are offering a new capacity building program that aims to help nonprofit organizations regain their financial footing. Registration is open for this virtual financial management program for regional nonprofits, with the goal of providing capacity building support to strengthen organizational infrastructure and financial health and help organizations plan for and respond to changing community needs, funding environments, and other challenging conditions. Beginning in April 2021, the Accelerator program aims to engage nonprofits from all nine UWGPSNJ counties. Learn more!

PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants can fund: Planning, acquisition, and development of public parks; Recreation areas; Motorized and non-motorized trails; River conservation and access; Conservation of open space; and support of regional and statewide partnerships that build capacity to better develop and manage resources. Applications can be submitted until 4pm on April 14. Learn more here

PA Department of Health. The PA DOH newsletter includes multiple grant opportunities for healthcare, mental health, food security, and community-related initiatives and projects. Click here, with grant listings available on page 6.

Scattergood Foundation. “With the recognition that policy and practice must work in tandem to drive critical systems changes, the Scattergood Foundation is now offering grant awards that will align with the Think Bigger Do Good Policy Series with local grantmaking. The new grant program, Policy Meets Practice: Think Bigger Do Good Support Local, will invest in grassroots organizations (annual budget of $1 million or less) that work directly with communities to address issues that relate to, inform, and advance the policy discussions outlined in the series. Learn more about this grant opportunity and alignment with the paper, COVID-19, Structural Racism, and Mental Health Inequities: Policy Implications for an Emerging Syndemic by Ruth S. Shim, MD, MPH and Steven M. Starks, MD, FAPA.” Grant applications are due Friday, April 9.

US Small Business Administration. Paycheck Protection Program. Small employers impacted by the pandemic can apply for loans through the Paycheck Protection Program. The program was originally created to offer loans to cover payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent and utility costs for employers affected by coronavirus mitigation. Eligible expenses were expanded to include operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs and worker protection expenditures. The program is open to new borrowers, as well as existing borrowers who meet certain eligibility criteria. New guidelines are available for both new borrowers and existing borrowers; applicants should contact their local lender for additional information. Update provided through Senator Mensch communications.

The VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn proudly announces more than $1 million in grants supporting access to food, housing and basic health needs, including mental health and addiction. To learn more about the Foundation’s new, trust-based approach to grantmaking, review the list of grant partners, and preview plans for more grants to address systemic inequities in health access, please visit here.  Coming up: The Foundation’s Inclusion Grants program will launch July 2021, and will aim to specifically address systemic inequities in health access. The VNAF’s Inclusion Grants will be for specific projects designed to increase access to health and human service resources in the North Penn region among under-resourced people of color, immigrants/refugees and/or people who are English Language Learners. Each Inclusion grant will be for up to $30,000 in multi-year support, with an additional $2,500 available for research, data collection and/or exploration of partnership opportunities in the project development stage. Learn more here!

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