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Riverside Community Health Foundation updates grants program for 2018


Last updated 1/15/2018 at Noon

linkRIVERSIDE – The Riverside Community Health Foundation announced an upcoming shift toward proactive grant making, effective Dec. 29, and away from RCHF’s practice of responsive grant making, which they have practiced since the program was established in 1997.

The shift is in line with current trends in grant making, as funders strive to be more strategic with how they use their resources in order to delve deeper into persistent areas of concern and make long-term commitments to address them. While responsive grant making involves providing grants to accommodate requests from nonprofits for programs that fall within the funder’s mission and guidelines, proactive grant making, which is also known as strategic grant making, is grant making with more focused goals and a defined set of strategies for how a foundation wants to accomplish those goals.

During 2017, RCHF temporarily halted its regular grants program in order to gain insight on the community’s greatest health needs and adjust the foundation’s priorities and strategies to align accordingly. RCHF used this period to engage in a community assessment, gather input from community stakeholders, scan existing Riverside-area initiatives and engage in dialogue about opportunities for improving effectiveness and defining areas of focus.

The foundation identified three priority funding areas for its grant-making program: heart disease and stroke; diabetes and behavioral health, including mental health and substance use. In the next several months, RCHF will work to define a proactive grant program to address these priority areas for the Riverside and Jurupa Valley communities by supporting best practices and promoting change through collaboration.

By June 2018, Riverside Community Health Foundation expects to release information on its new grant-making program, which will be aligned with its three identified priority areas. The funding pause will remain in effect until the new grants program is launched.

In January 2018, the grant-making program will resume for applicant organizations which qualify for RCHF’s inpatient funding area. Qualified applicants are entities which provide hospital services through a nonprofit, governmental hospital or an insurance product. RCHF’s inpatient funds are restricted for the provision of inpatient health care programs, subsidizing or reimbursing inpatient health care or medical insurance for medically indigent populations residing in the RCHF service area.

Riverside Community Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public benefit corporation with a mission to improve the health and well-being of Riverside residents. Since 1997, RCHF has granted over $33.3 million to the Riverside community.

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