Community Benefit Grant Program - Priorities

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty – Promoting Health Equity

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CareOregon’s Community Benefit Program represents our commitment to give back a share of our earnings to our members and to the communities where they live. We do this through community partners who have shown the ability to improve the lives of our members and the health of communities we serve.

CareOregon’s Adaptive Fund provides support to community partners to recognize both the importance of partnership and the need to build capacity. Adaptive fund support will focus on support to culturally specific organizations, organizations and programming increasing health equity, and programming addressing the social determinants of health. Sponsorship requests for events will also be accepted and prioritized to provide support for community facing events engaging the Medicaid and Medicare populations.

Our larger Development Investments are intended to create a shared learning environment that can both provide our partners important resources and involve key CareOregon staff in the learning process. Together, we hope to both fund important work and increase our collective impact. See a list of our latest grant recipients here.

We are committed to focusing our resources on targeted populations within our membership that are the most challenging to serve. Our community benefit process will focus on improving health equity and will view all investment applications with a preference for those that address health disparities, defined as:

Health Disparity - A particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social or economic disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater social or economic obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, mental health, cognitive, sensory, or physical disability, sexual orientation, geographic location, or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.- From “Healthy People 2020”

2018 Shared Learning Cohorts:

Recipients of Development Investments in prioritized areas awarded in spring 2018 and fall 2018 will be asked to participate in a learning cohort. Cohorts will meet at least three times with one another and key CareOregon staff and will include technical assistance in the form of a consultant. Each learning cohort will have investments that align around a theme.

Spring 2018 Housing Shared Learning Cohort:

Development Investments in Spring 2018 will be prioritized to have the greatest impact on increasing support for Medicaid patients discharging from hospitals or institutions into homelessness or individuals with chronic health conditions. CareOregon’s intention is to learn the best practices for transitioning individuals into stable and supportive living environments, including transitional, respite and permanent housing.

Fall 2018 Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) Shared Learning Cohort:

Development Investments that have the greatest impact on issues related to preventing, identifying and responding to children’s trauma (ACEs) will be prioritized in the Fall 2018 round of funding. CareOregon’s intention is to learn the best practices for building resilience in families with young children and fostering trauma-informed environments where children gather, including schools, social service centers and health clinics.

Who can apply

CareOregon will consider Development Investment and Adaptive Fund requests from tax exempt organizations with programs or services within Oregon. We prioritize requests from areas where we have members – Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Columbia, Clatsop, Tillamook and Jackson Counties.

In 2018, requests from organizations for programs or services having the greatest impact on Housing (Spring 2018) and ACEs (Fall 2018) will be prioritized.

In addition to Development Investments focused on priority areas, CareOregon will focus Adaptive Fund requests on support to culturally specific organizations, organizations and programming increasing health equity, and programming addressing the social determinants of health.

How to apply

Development Investments

Applications for Spring 2018 Development Investments will be accepted starting March 30, 2018.

Click here to apply for a Spring 2018 Development Investment grant: Apply via ZoomGrants™
Development Investments in Spring 2018 will be prioritized to have the greatest impact on increasing support for Medicaid patients discharging from hospitals or institutions into homelessness or individuals with chronic health conditions.
Deadline for Spring 2018 Development Investment grant requests: April 23rd, 2018

Adaptive Fund

CareOregon will accept Adaptive Fund requests on an ongoing basis. Our goal is to provide rapid support to aligned programs and organizations. CareOregon will focus Adaptive Fund requests on support to culturally specific organizations, organizations and programming increasing health equity, and programming addressing the social determinants of health. Sponsorship requests for events will also be accepted and prioritized to provide support for community facing events engaging the Medicaid and Medicare populations.

Click here to apply for the Adaptive Fund: Apply via ZoomGrants™

Requests to the Adaptive Fund may be made at any time during 2018. Requests will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and applicants contacted within 1 month.

Organizations are eligible to receive support through both Development Investments and the Adaptive Fund during 2018.

2018 Community Benefit Program Timelines

Spring 2018

Development Investments Learning Cohort: Housing Development Investments in Spring 2018 will be prioritized to have the greatest impact on increasing support for Medicaid patients discharging from hospitals or institutions into homelessness or individuals with chronic health conditions.

Funding priorities released: January 2018
Submission start date for Spring 2018 funding round: Friday, March 30
Deadline to submit applications for Spring 2018 Development Investments: Monday, April 23
Announcement of funded organizations: Week of June 4
Development Investment requests submitted prior to Friday, March 30 will not be considered.

Fall 2018

Development Investments Learning Cohort: Adverse Childhood Events (Development Investment requests that have the greatest impact on issues related to preventing, identifying and responding to children’s trauma (ACEs) will be prioritized.)

Funding priorities released: January 2018
Submission start date for Fall 2018 funding round: Friday, September 7
Deadline to submit applications for Fall 2018 Development Investments: Monday, October 1
Announcement of funded organizations: Week of November 12
Development Investment requests for Fall 2018 submitted prior to Friday, September 7 will not be considered.

Submission of requests

Please note timelines for requests above.

All 2018 investment and adaptive fund applications should be submitted via ZoomGrants at the links provided above. For additional information please email CommunityBenefitGrants@careoregon.org or contact:

Shawn DeCarlo
Shared Learning and Grant Evaluation Program Manager
CareOregon
315 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Ph: 503-416-3913