Application FAQ

What is the focus of Telligen Community Initiative grants?

TCI exists to provide philanthropic support to nonprofit organizations and community coalitions.  Examples of the types of projects we would like to support in each priority area are offered below:

Health Innovation:

  • Initiatives and projects designed to build leadership capacity, facilitate interdisciplinary and nontraditional collaborations with health stakeholders, or increase data transparency and consumer education.
  • Efforts that advance a new or emerging process improvement or program delivery method for your organization or your field.
  • Projects that infuse or use new technology or technology introduction into the internal or external operations of your organization to create an efficiency, process improvement or direct improvement on the work with your targeted population.
  • Efforts to build community data infrastructures. Communities can have a greater chance of succeeding at health and well-being when organizations work together to create networks that integrate health with social and community services.
  • Projects that advance theories of behavioral economics (the study of how people make choices, drawing on insights from psychology and economics) to investigate the promise of applying these techniques to the health sector (actionable behavior change).
  • Telehealth efforts to advance or strengthen health delivery in new or non-traditional settings (mobile, use of technology to connect people to needed health services or to share health data or health promotional programming in unique ways to improve patient-provider interaction).
  • Initiatives to creatively integrate primary care and mental health interventions.

Healthcare Workforce Development:

  • Identify new models of health workforce development and deployment. This could and should include the related training and education that support new models either directly or through new infrastructure, spread or scale activities.
  • Distance learning or efforts to integrate and use technology to create health education access in rural and frontier rural areas.
  • Community Health Workers, community health navigators, targeted health apprenticeships or other unique and new disciplines that are emerging to specifically offer new paths into the health workforce. This is meant to include progressive programming to build engagements with regions to help committed health stakeholders acquire community health planning skills needed to improve health outcomes to more coherent, multi-stakeholder approaches.
  • Initiatives (outreach and supportive programming) addressing underserved populations and first generation learners to consider how to become future members of the health workforce via the creation of viable health career pathways. This can include and pre-planning or programming necessary for the health workforce needs of the future.
  • Career laddering and creative supports for career advancement strategies through education or practice (advanced degree planning or deployment, needed continuing education, etc.).
  • Inter-disciplinary healthcare workforce education to advance care team concepts and unnatural partnerships that can work to transform both the educational experience (for the healthcare learner), as well as potentially create interesting, impactful community programming and care models (often addressing a health disparity, equity or an emerging need).
  • Advance practice and policy development necessary to address the growing need for health workforce – due to aging, population change and workforce retirement.

Social Determinants of Health / Health Equity:

  • Advance patient navigation, case management and/or engagement with other community, wrap-around services. We strongly view health as more than what happens in a purely clinical setting and want to support the need for traditional health settings to connect to and with often fragmented approaches to health and social service integration.
  • Strategies to better address health literacy, cultural competency and Limited English Proficiency.
  • Improve the availability of resources to meet essential needs (safe housing, healthy foods, early childhood education, transportation).
  • Efforts to increase public safety (exposure to crime, violence or toxic situations).
  • Access and use of mass media and emerging technologies (cell phones, Internet and social media) for health-promoting purposes.
  • Ensuring seamless and effective connections between medical provider and support for socioeconomic challenges, particularly focusing on two-generation efforts to help intentionally break the cycle of poverty.
  • Efforts to identify and assist in the development of a culture of innovation in leaders – to better foster local community health capacity to creatively address upstream determinants of health in new or emerging ways. This is meant to embody characteristics of Public Health 3.0 (public health practice to emphasize cross-sectoral environmental, policy and systems level actions that directly affect the social determinants of health and advance health equity).
  • Work that promotes a higher-performing public health system that strives for better access, improved quality or efficiency – particularly focused on the most vulnerable members of our population through innovative programming or resourcing collaborative work with other non-health sectors or social service stakeholders (integrated referral or prescriptions to community resources – efforts to better connect the traditional health sector to other supports available to assist).

What is typically not funded through the Telligen Community Initiative and its grant program?

Telligen Community Initiative grants are typically not available to or for the following:

  • Organizational indirect costs
  • Religious or sectarian organizations for religious purposes
  • Capital campaigns
  • Organizations that practice discrimination by race, color, creed, sex, age, religion or national origin
  • Deficit reduction or retirement of debt
  • General endowments
  • Real estate/land acquisitions
  • Political projects
  • Vehicles
  • Athletics or athletic events
  • Grants to individuals
  • Fundraising events (sponsorships)
  • For projects that the sole purpose is redistributing the awarded funds

What are TCI’s program timing and funding guidelines?

On TCI’s website, you’ll be able to access a full Request for Proposals (RFP) document when we have an active, upcoming grant cycle. This document will lay out proposal timelines and expected funding decision dates. Beginning in 2017 and going forward, TCI intends to utilize a Letter of Interest (abbreviated initial application) to better honor your opportunity cost of time in applying. This will lead to a second finalist application step for only those invited to that stage of the funding review and competition.

Is it acceptable to contact TCI staff to discuss my proposal idea/concept?

Yes. In 2016, approximately 70 percent of our entire applicant pool made contact with TCI staff to discuss some facet
of their proposal prior to submission. This could take the form of a face-to-face meeting, phone meeting, email conversation, review of a draft proposal, or other desired assistance in helping you or your coalition consider an application. Making contact is not a requirement and your proposal won’t be helped or hurt in the scoring process for having a pre-submission discussion (or not). Staff is in place to help you create as competitive a proposal as possible to compete for limited funding support. Consider how you want to use them.

Who and what type of organization is eligible to receive a grant from TCI?

To request a grant, your organization must be a recognized as a federally tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) charitable organization,
an accredited school, or a public/governmental agency located in the states of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa or Oklahoma. Note:
a public agency is an organization established and primarily funded by a unit of government. Examples could include a public
school, public library, local public health department or state governmental agency. Note that TCI does not fund organizations
with a pending 501(c)(3) status.

How do we know if our organization is eligible for TCI funding?

TCI accepts grant requests from organizations (see above) that are in the communities where TCI has determined it would offer philanthropic support. In 2017, this includes projects within the states of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa and Oklahoma. In terms of geographic focus, it is really in the hands of the applicant/applicant coalition to define your geographic focus. Some projects focus on an entire state, a collection of counties, a single county, city, or even a defined neighborhood or census tract(s). Please also know that some projects choose to focus and define themselves around a targeted population that may not be a defined as a geographic focus within a region. All the above represent potential ways to position your planning and grant request. If you have an eligibility question, please always feel free to contact TCI staff to discuss your specific situation.

When does TCI accept applications?

Again, you’ll be able to access a full Request for Proposals (RFP) document when we have an active, upcoming grant cycle. This document will lay out proposal timelines and expected funding decision dates. Once outside of those timeframes, you’ll have to wait until a future grant offering to make a request. We cannot entertain grant requests for review outside of our established grant competitions.

How do I submit my grant application to TCI?

The RFP document will further describe this process, but our website will have a downloadable Word document that you can save to your system and modify to complete the required proposal elements. It will be composed of a cover page, application narrative section, budget and budget explanation/rational section. Again, the RFP will offer suggestions and page limitations for your overall submission. Upon completion, you will be asked to do an email submission of your grant proposal (application and required appendices). Email submission is meant to create the easiest possible submission option. Beginning in 2017, we are moving to a Letter of Interest – an abbreviated initial application – to better honor your time and stage the grant review because of volume. A subset of the applications will be invited to complete additional elements of a finalist application. We think this two-stage application process will provide better funding odds, a more equitable time commitment, and the ability to create a cohort of like grantees.

Can I mail a copy of my grant request for review?

Mail, hardcopy submission will be accepted, but the email submission option is the much preferred course of action. Proposals will be due (in hand) by midnight of the stated application deadline date.

Can I get a copy of the grant application format from TCI?

Yes. The RFP will instruct you how to access a downloadable document for you to actually complete the most important components of your project and how it will be reviewed.

Are TCI grants transferable?

TCI grants are non-transferable. If a grant was provided to an organization/fiscal agent, the grant may not be transferred to a new organization/fiscal agent. As long as the recipient organization/grantee can administer the project as described in the approved grant, then the grant should stay at that organization. If they are no longer able or willing to administer the grantee obligations, then the grant funding will be returned to TCI. We commit to work with the applicant/applicant coalition to attempt to honor the continuance core work funded whenever possible on case-by-case circumstances and basis.

When will I be contacted about the status of my application?

Shortly after your grant submission by email, the designed contact person you identified for your proposal will receive a receipt of confirmation email with any additional updates and timing information. This is not an automated response, so please be patient. Application volume is routinely high in the days leading up to and following a deadline. Always feel free to contact TCI staff if you have questions regarding the status of your proposal.

If I’m awarded a grant, what are the reporting requirements?

Grants are for a single year at a time. At the mid-point and shortly after the completion of your grant year, you’ll be asked to complete an interim and final grant report respectively. This is not a cumbersome process, but asks you to evaluate your work versus your funded project plan from a process and impact evaluation standpoint, as well as documenting budget usage. These formats are available in the Grantee Toolbox area of our website if you’re interested.

Can I learn about previous grantees and/or applicant summary from a previous funding cycle for TCI?

TCI staff can offer summaries of previously funded proposals so you can see what was successful in a previous cycle. Staff is also able to share TCI dashboard information so you can see characteristics of the most recent applicant field versus what was ultimately funded/offered a grant. This is all in an effort to arm you with as much information as you’d like to complete an informed and competitive project.

Please always feel comfortable reaching out to TCI staff to discuss your project ideas and learn more about upcoming and emerging funding opportunities.