Sunday, June 03, 2012

Grants to Increase Health Care Access & To Include Children With Disabilities

From The Foundation Center...

[If you are interested in this grant opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this blog post for more information].

Deadline: June 29, 2012 (Letter of Inquiry)

CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Offers Support for Programs to Increase Healthcare Access and Inclusion of Children With Disabilities


The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust seeks to support programs and initiatives in the areas of access to healthcare, and inclusion for children with disabilities and special healthcare needs.

1) Access to Health Care — The trust will support innovative approaches to expand access to healthcare for vulnerable populations, including support for mobile health innovations that enhance access to healthcare and bring healthcare to locations where people need it.

2) Children and Inclusion — The trust will support efforts to increase inclusive options for children with disabilities for physical activity, creativity, and play such as recreational programs, youth development programs, camps, and school-based programs, including support for physical accommodations and training of staff to allow more children with disabilities to actively participate in these programs; efforts to coordinate and improve healthcare services for children with disabilities and/or special healthcare needs, including providing a continuum of care between disciplines to provide a whole view of a child's needs (such as an occupational therapist and feeding specialist meeting with the child together) or technology needs; and efforts to increase access to and appropriate use of early intervention services for children of all abilities, including support to enhance training and education of pediatricians, parents, and others to improve services, referrals, and care.

Within these funding areas, the trust will support effective organizations through one-time grants to support capital needs (excluding bricks and mortar requests); build organizational capacity; expand or enhance an existing program with proven success; encourage innovative approaches leading to effective models; disseminate or replicate effective approaches or models; and/or leverage other resources (including other grant support, in-kind services, etc.).

To be eligible, applicants must have current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a public charity under sections 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code. Applicants must serve communities where CVS Caremark has a business presence. This includes organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico with the exception of Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Arkansas.

The trust will not provide funding for general operating support; support for direct healthcare services, support for staff salaries (unless staffing is needed to create or enhance a program, or increase the number of people or geographic areas served and there is a plan for sustaining salaries after the one-year grant period); fundraising events; sponsorships; scholarship programs; endowments; or capital campaigns.

Grants will range from $10,000 to $50,000 for one-year support.

Visit the CVS Caremark Web site for complete program guidelines and to submit an online Letter of Inquiry.

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