2016 Request for Proposals - Community Health Improvement Plan Grant

Jackson Care Connect Empowers People and Systems to
Improve the Health of Our Community.

The health and well-being of our community is of primary concern for Jackson Care Connect (JCC).  In an effort to improve the lives of those we serve and to build the health of the community-at-large we conducted a Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan in 2014. 

            A Community Health Improvement Plan, or CHIP, is a process and document that outlines strategies to support improved health of individuals and the community.  The CHIP outlines prioritized health issues and ways to address them locally.  One of the strategic goals to address the priority areas of Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Living, and Health Equity, is to support the community partners who are doing service work in our community.

            As a non-profit, community focused health plan we are committed to investing in the community’s health.  JCC is overseen by a local Board of Directors, and informed by a Community Advisory Council.  It is this Council that will oversee the disbursement of the grant dollars. 

Grant Guidelines and Process


There will be two grant cycles for the year 2016.

Cycle 1:

  • Opens January 1, 2016 – Applications due Friday, February 26, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Award granted by April 15, 2016.
  • Funds distributed eight (8) weeks post-award.


Cycle 2:

  • Opens June 10, 2016 – Applications due Friday, July 29, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Award granted by September 15, 2016.
  • Funds distributed eight (8) weeks post-award. 


Each grant cycle will distribute $150,000 in grant funds. There will be a minimum of three; and a maximum of five grants awarded each cycle.  All awards will be considered one-time grant dollars and are not intended for long-term programmatic support. Each grant application can request up to $50,000. One year or two year projects are allowable and are not to exceed $50,000 total.

Potential Projects:

Potential projects will address/serve populations in a manner supportive of the objectives identified in the three priority areas noted below:

  1. Healthy Beginnings:Efforts to improve the health of children, adolescents and young adults from age 0-24.

    Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) – Examples such as exposure to domestic violence, substance abuse and homelessness, which can negatively affect the life-long health and wellness outcomes of all persons.  Jackson County residents are adversely affected by substance abuse, poverty and low graduation.  Projects supporting individuals in educational attainment, safe/therapeutic social/recreational opportunities, and other activities contributing to the well-being of Jackson County youth will be considered. 

  2. Healthy Living: Efforts to promote healthy living and improve health outcomes.

    Jackson Care Connect defines healthy living as participation in behaviors that improve overall health over the lifespan of an individual.  Healthy Living addresses the full spectrum of physical, mental, and social well-being.  Projects supporting individuals in achieving emotional, physical, and social well-being will be considered.

  3. Health Equity: Increase awareness of health equity issues in Southern Oregon and support efforts to address these issues.

Health Equity is a primary concern for Jackson Care Connect.  Health disparities are influenced by factors such as place, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic barriers.  In Jackson County 15.8% of residents live in poverty, with one in four children experiencing poverty and significant challenges to their overall health and long-term development.  Projects that address issues of race, ethnicity, trauma, and poverty will be considered.

Project Requirements:

Successful applications will:

  • Be submitted from a non-profit organization.
  • Serve the community-at-large with a focus on those living in poverty.
  • Use grant funds for expenses related directly to the project.
  • Demonstrate historical success in providing service or present a promising practice and expertise in project implementation.
  • Demonstrate collaboration through formal organization, community partners, or other formal/informal group.
  • Be for new work or expansion of an existing program if a current JCC partner.
  • Clearly state and describe:
    • Target audience/population served.
    • Problem the project is trying to address.
    • Project timeline.
    • How dollars will contribute to the overarching goals and how these funds will be used.
    • Measures of success and how data will be collected.
  • Upon award, recipient will work with JCC communications to develop appropriate communications strategy regarding the partnership.
  • Attend meetings with partners and other grantees.
  • Issue a written report documenting the previously described measures of success at 6-months or halfway through the project timeline.
  • Provide a final written report and possibly oral report articulating/documenting success measures. 

Jackson Care Connect may ask for additional information, make suggestions and/or ask to negotiate the project goals.


Click here to download the application as a PDF.
Click here to download the application as a Microsoft Word document.
Completed applications may be submitted in PDF format to

Please contact Hannah Ancel, Community Engagement Coordinator, for additional information or if you have any questions.

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