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Strategic Grants

The Foundation has a strategic focus in education, health and wellness and civic engagement. Strategic grants strengthen the capacity of our Valley to work collaboratively to achieve long-term, sustainable results. We encourage strong collaborations for programs, projects, or models that produce measurable outcomes and systems-level improvements. YVCF is collaborating with the Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health to provide funding for the 2019 Strategic Grants through GCACH Community Health Fund.

The 2019 Strategic Grant online application is now open. It will close promptly at noon on Friday, February 1, 2019.

For the 2019 Strategic Grant Cycle, the Foundation is accepting proposals promoting health equity and access to care in the following areas:

  • Housing Justice- Housing insecurity, tenant support, housing preservation, family housing access, dispute resolution.
  • Behavioral Health- Suicide prevention, stigma reduction, integrated care, substance use disorder, supportive housing.
  • Adolescent Health- Youth homelessness, reproductive health, health education, access to care, mental health management.

If your project or program doesn’t fit the above listed criteria, please consider applying for an Annual Grant in April 2019.

Applicants must be serving the Yakima County or the Yakama Nation.  Applicants must either be a 501 (c) 3 organization, school or governmental entity or tribe or they must have a fiscal sponsor that qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code.  If the organization is a current grant recipient, an Interim Grant Report is required before applying for a Strategic Grant.

Amount and Duration
Organizations may apply for up to three years of funding with a range of $25,000-$50,000 per year.

Proposal Instructions
NOTE: the online application system does not allow you to save your work. There is a 4,000 character limit per question. The questions are provided below so that you can prepare your application in advance of the online application opening.

Please provide up to a three sentence summary of your project.

How does your project align with the Foundation's Strategic Framework?
How will your project address health equity?
Does your organization provide direct services to improve health access and coverage, and if so, how?
Is your project culturally responsive? Please describe.
How does your organization’s board of directors reflect the community this project serves (or will serve)?

Purpose, Measures, and Anticipated Outcomes
What are the anticipated outcomes of your program or project? How will these be measured?
What population, sectors, or groups of people will your project serve?
What are some of the anticipated challenges of this project? How will you address these challenges?
How will you gain feedback from the communities you serve to inform service implementation, quality, and improvements?

Sustainability, Collaborations and Partnerships
If this is an ongoing program or project, how will funding beyond this grant be secured?
If other funding is required to start this program or project, what is the plan to secure full funding?
What networks will collaborate with you on this project and how?

Please attach a project or program budget (with funding amounts listed for each year of the project).
Is your organization positioned to make a difference on this issue?
Is the cost per participant known? If so, what is it?

Required Attachments
1. Program/Project Budget
2. Board of Director Roster (Name, Title, Board Role, OPTIONAL INFO: Ethnicity/Race, Gender)
3. Your Organization's last Quarter 2018 Financial Statement or most recent audited financial statement.
4. W-9

More information is available on the Guidelines and Applications page.

2018 Strategic Grantees

College Success Foundation
FIRST Washington (Formerly Washington FIRST Robotics)
Opportunities Industrialization Center dba Henry Beauchamp Community Center
Sunrise Outreach Center of Yakima
The Memorial Foundation as fiscal agent for the Ttáwaxt Coalition
Yakima Leadership Foundation
Yakima Neighborhood Health Services
Yakima Symphony Orchestra


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