Grant Guidelines

The Health Care Foundation of the Oranges, Inc. (HCFO) strives to collaborate with innovative and forward-thinking organizations whose mission and purpose align with that of the HCFO to serve the healthcare needs and improve the overall health of the community.

Projects eligible for HCFO support include evidence-based demonstrations, pilot projects, model programs, expansion plans, and well-established initiatives. Ideally, the HCFO seeks to support projects in various stages of development that impact the communities we serve- East Orange, Orange, Irvington and South & West Wards of Newark and attract collaborative funding from community partners. Read our guidelines below.

Funding Priorities

The HCFO aims to confront the most prevalent public health issues facing the communities we serve. Using data from global, national, and statewide resources, the HCFO determines where it can make the most significant impact.

The HCFO awards grants and funding in the area of health, defining health broadly to include educational, social, behavioral, and other dimensions beyond illness or disease. Funding priority is focused on evidence-based initiatives that address these priorities:

Chronic Disease Management & Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Chronic diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis, are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems.

The HCFO funds evidence-based prevention programs and intervention programs that address health issues that disparately impact the health of our communities of focus.

Environmental Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines environment, as it relates to health, as “all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related behaviors.” Environmental health consists of preventing or controlling disease, injury, and disability related to the interactions between people and their environment.

The HCFO is committed to funding evidence-based initiatives and programs that educate and address the environmental factors that affect the health of people living in the community served by HCFO.

Family Health

Family health encompasses a broad range of issues which impact the family unit. These issues may include maternal health, adolescent health, behavioral health, gender health, family-centric nutrition, physical activity programs, programs focusing on seniors and social determinates which impact health.

The HCFO is committed to funding grants that focus on improving health, preventing disease, promoting and maintaining wellness among families through innovative evidenced-based initiatives.

Projects We Fund

The HCFO funds grants that:

  • Start or grow well-conceived programs/organizations with identifiable track records of success or have discernable potential for success
  • Offer innovative solutions to improve the quality, accessibility and/or delivery of healthcare
  • Replicate successful (evidence-based) programs
  • Build organizational capacity to enhance sustainability and/or improve service delivery (e.g. planning, management, finance, communications, etc.)
  • Leverage resources, whether human or financial (e.g. partnerships, matching or challenge funds).
  • Collaboration – The submission of collaborative proposals submitted by multiple organizations are particularly encouraged when collaboration in the delivery of a program leads to increased administrative efficiencies and more effective service to the target population and are better positioned to achieve participant outcomes. All lead agency should be identified which has the responsibility for submitting the funding proposal, receiving the grant (if awarded) and distributing the funds among the collaborating agencies as outlined in the proposal.

Please note that renewal beyond the initial grant may be considered and awarded, as deemed appropriate.

Projects and Organizations HCFO will not fund include the following:

  • Clinical research
  • Endowment funds or annual campaigns
  • Grants to individuals
  • Lobbying or political activities
  • Religious activities and/or organizations that limit their services to any one religious group or members of a specific denominational affiliation
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, age or national origin
  • Organizations that are not tax-exempt under IRS section 501(c)(3) or governmental agencies Under IRS section 170(c)(1)

Funding Cycles & Deadlines

Letter of Intent (LOI) deadlines are the last Friday in January and last Friday of July in the current year. Specific deadline dates will be available on our website annually.

After reviewing an organization’s Letter of Intent, The HCFO will inform the applicant if they are invited to submit a proposal by the first Friday in March and the first Friday in September of the current year respectively. The deadlines for submission of proposals are the second Friday of April and the second Friday of October of the current year respectively. Specific dates will be available on our website annually.

If approved, proposals submitted in April are awarded in June; and proposals submitted in October are awarded in December.