MHEF Healthy Ottawa Fund

Request for Concepts

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, in partnership with the Community Foundation for the Holland/Zeeland Area, is pleased to announce a Request for Concepts for the Michigan Health Endowment Healthy Ottawa Fund. Through this request for concepts, we are seeking to hear our community’s best ideas for new or expanded programs that would advance progress on the three most critical needs identified within Ottawa County’s 2015 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

Eligibility Criteria

Who: Nonprofit organizations that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, schools, municipalities and other units of government that serve a charitable purpose in Ottawa County.

What: Organizations may request grant funding for new or expanded programs which will positively impact the specific priority goals and objectives identified in the CHIP[1]: 

Access to Health Care

Priority Goal: Increase access to a patient centered and community integrated system of care.


  1. Increase the number of adults who are confident navigating the health care system
  2. Increase the number of adults who report that their general health is better than fair or poor


Mental Health

Priority Goal: Increase recognition and treatment of mental health conditions


  1. Increase medication and treatment availability for adults with mental health conditions
  2. Increase public awareness of mental health warning signs and knowledge of available resources
  3. Increase targeted referral sources recognition of mental health warning signs and knowledge of available resources


Healthy Behaviors

Priority Goal: Promote consistent healthy behavior messages and decrease barriers to healthy living


  1. Increase eating fruits and vegetables to 5 or more servings per day
  2. Increase the amount of people who have enough to eat
  3. Increase the amount of people who are a healthy weight
  4. Increase leisure time physical activity

Proposals may be for multi-year funding for a period of up to three years and a maximum total of $150,000.

Due to requirements from the Michigan Health Endowment, these grant funds cannot be used to replace lost government funding.

Application Process

A Request for Concepts was released in February 2016, with concept submissions due no later than April 1, 2016. Of the 21 concepts received, 8 were invited to submit full proposals.  

Those organizations invited to submit full proposals must submit no later than June 17, 2016. The full proposal review will be a competitive process and final decisions will be announced by the end of August 2016.  



 [1] Data and metrics provided by grantees will be used by the CHIP Steering Committee for county-wide CHIP progress evaluation.




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