1. What is the deadline to submit?
The deadline for submission is Thursday, March 29th, 2018 by 5pm EST.
2. Is there a fee to apply?
No, there is no fee associated with submitting an application.
3. Who is eligible to submit an application?
Organizations with a 501(c)(3) status may apply for all grants from the fund. Smaller, grassroots organizations that may not have 501(c)(3) status but do have a fiscal agent may apply for micro-grants ($1,000 - $5,000) from the fund.
4. Is the award limited to a geographic area?
Organizations must be located in Southeastern Pennsylvania and serve communities in one or more of the following six counties:
- Berks County
- Bucks County
- Chester County
- Delaware County
- Montgomery County
- Philadelphia County
5. What are the timeline and important dates for the Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness?
February 12th, 2018
Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness RFP released
March 29th, 2018 at 5pm EST
Final deadline for submissions
April 2nd, 2018 – May 21st, 2018
Granting group to review applications
*Please note you may receive questions about your application during this time
May 29th, 2018
June 19th, 2018
Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness Grantee Cohort Kickoff Event
**The Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness reserves the right to change any of the above dates. All changes will be posted online.
6. How much money is in the pooled fund?
There is currently $200,000 in the Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness to be distributed through grant awards.
7. Who is providing funding for the Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness pooled fund?
Several funders have provided funding for the Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness. Funders who have given to the pooled fund include the Scattergood Foundation, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and the Patricia Kind Family Foundation.
8. Is the pooled fund still taking donations for this grant cycle?
Yes. Funders and private donors can still give to the Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness. Please contact Caitlin O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
9. What amounts will the grant awards be?
The Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness will be distributing funds through three different tiers:
- Tier One: Micro-Grants for $1,000 - $5,000 for building the capacity of the organization to deliver a wellness-related program. Examples of possible micro-grants include:
- Staff training and professional development
- New technologies or products
- General operating support to close a funding gap
- Tier Two: Programmatic Support for up to $30,000 to start a new program or expand an existing program.
- Tier Three: Support for Collaboration for up to $50,000 to start a new program or expand an existing program which relies on collaboration among two or more organizations/agencies.
10. How many grants will the Community Fund give?
There is not a pre-specified number of grants. The granting group will be selecting grantees based on quality and the diversity of the full grantee cohort (more information about the selection criteria below).
11. How long is the grant period?
The grant period for tier one grants will be based on the grant request. For tiers two and three, all grants will be for one year. Dollars will be dissemminated in late-May/early-June of 2019.
12. Can I apply for more than one tier?
Yes. Organizations can apply for as many programs as they would like in all three tiers. Please note that, in addition to application quality, the granting group will be making selections based on the diversity of the grantee cohort.
13. Can I submit multiple applications in each tier?
Yes. Organizations can submit multiple applications in each tier.
14. Why are there three different Requests for Proposals?
Each of the three tiers are associated with their own RFP so that organizations will be able to apply for as many programs as they would like in all three tiers.
15. Can I submit an application for a program that has not been implemented yet?
For tier one grants, applications must be for existing programs. For tiers two and three, applicants may submit new ideas that have yet to be implemented or request dollars for the expansion of a current program.
16. What organizations are in the Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness granting group?
- HIAS PA
- Nationalities Services Center
- La Puerta Abierta
- Puentes de Salud
- Southeast by Southeast, Mural Arts
- Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
17. Are granting group members allowed to apply for grant dollars as well?
Yes, members of the granting group are eligible to apply. However, if granting group members have submitted an application, they will not be allowed to review it.
18. How do I submit an application?
Submissions can be made through our online application, which can be found here.
No paper applications will be accepted.
19. What are the steps for submitting an application?
The steps for submitting an application are as follows:
Create a Foundant account for the Scattergood Foundation. If you already have a Foundation account with the Foundation, logon using your email address and password. You may access the logon page here.
*For more details about creating an account, watch this video.
You will then be directed to your Applicant Dashboard. Click on the “Apply” tab at the top toward the left.
You will then see three applications, one for each tier of Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness grants. Click the “Apply” button on the right side for the tier you would like to apply to.
Complete the application. If you would like to save the application and return to it, click the “Save Application” button. Once you are ready to submit, click the blue “Submit Application” button.
*For more details about completing application, watch this video.
Selection Criteria and Process
20. What are the selection criteria?
The granting group will be selecting grantees on the following criteria:
- Basic Selection Criteria
- Does the program serve immigrants and/or refugees within the specified geographic region?
- Is the applying organization a 501(c)(3) or does it have a fiscal sponsor (for tier one only)?
- Quality of Application
- Does the organization have appropriate experience serving immigrants and refugees?
- Is there clear, quality program design?
- Does the program promote wellness?
- Does the program meet community needs?
- Is the program feasible within the budget?
- Tier One: Micro-grants
- Will the micro-grant help the organization meet its goals?
- Tier Two: Programmatic Support
- Is the program culturally competent?
- Does the program identify appropriate and meaningful outcomes?
- Tier Three: Support for Collaboration?
- Is the program culturally competent?
- Does the program identify appropriate and meaningful outcomes?
- Is the collaboration necessary and are the partners appropriate?
- Grantee Cohort
- Will the program allow for the grantee cohort to be diverse in populations served, program methods, and geographic location?
21. What will be the selection process?
The selection process will be as follows:
- Granting group members will review applications individually and answer a quantitative assessment of each application. They will indicate if they have any questions they would like answered.
- Questions about applications will be gathered and sent to applicants for their response.
- Granting group will come together in person to discuss the applications and make decisions about the grantee cohort.
22. What is the role of the funders in making decisions?
The funders of the Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness do not have a vote in the selection process. However, they can act as a tie-breaker if necessary and will also provide guidance should the granting group request it.
23. How will I know if I am selected to receive a grant?
All communication will be made through email.
As we receive questions about the Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness, we will update this section of the FAQs.
24. Can I apply for a grant to buy or update software or a database?
Yes. You may apply for a Tier One grant to buy or update software, as long as the software supports a wellness-promoting progam.
25. Are programs that are supporting Puerto Rican migrants after Hurricane Maria eligible?
26. Can organizations partner with the organizations in the granting group to apply for Tier Three Collaboration grants?
Yes. You may apply with granting group members to either start a new program or expand an existing program.
27. Who developed the questions on the RFPs?
The Requests for Proposals were developed through a collaborative process with the granting group members driving the vision. The granting group gave final approval to the three RFPs.
28. What incentive was provided to the granting group members to participate?
Granting group members were provided with a $1,000 stipend to participate in the process.
29. Can I apply for grants to fund research related to immigrant services?
Yes, you may apply for a grant to fund research. However, you must show that the research is participatory, community-based, and culturally competent.
30. Are programs for all ages eligible to apply?
31. Can programs that deliver services that may not be traditionally thought of as wellness promotion (legal services, employment, housing, etc.) apply.
Yes. The Community Fund takes a broad view of wellness and therefore will accept applications from programs that may not traditionally be thought of as wellness promotion. It is important that applicants clearly explain how the program promotes wellness and considers the whole person and their context in their approach.
32. Can applicants recieve a grant in more than one tier?
It is possible that applying organizations could recieve a grant in more than one tier. Please note that the granting group will be considering both quality of application and diversity of the grantee cohort when making funding decisions.
33. Are programs that serve both immigrants and non-immigrants eligible to apply?
Yes, programs that serve both immigrants and non-immigrants are eligible to apply. However, the applicant must show that their program has given strong consideration to cultural sensitivity for the immigrant communities that are served by said program.
34. Will the Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness exist beyond the first year of grants?
The Scattergood Foundation has committed to providing an additional $100,000 to go toward a second year of the Community Fund and will continue to raise funds for year two.
35. Are there specific budget restrictions (caps on salary, indirect costs, etc.)?
No, there are no specific budget restrictions. Please note that the granting group will be considering the feasbility of delievering the program within the identified budget. If you are applying for a grant to fund part of a program, please specifiy that you have received additional funding to support the gap.
36. Can a grant from the Community Fund pay for an entire program?
Yes. Programs do not need additional funding to be eligible as long as the grant requested through the Community Fund is sufficient to deliver the program.
37. Are letters of support helpful or necessary?
The application does not require letters of support.
38. Who do I contact if I have a question about the Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness?
Feel free to contact Caitlin O’Brien, Special Projects Manager, Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, via email at email@example.com.