2021 Funding Opportunities (Foundation)

GRANT REVIEW A committee of volunteer grant reviewers and Medica Foundation staff review proposals. The Grant Review Committee is comprised of leaders from across Medica and each person brings a different area of expertise. This skill and knowledge diversity increases the rigor of grant review and also ensures key decision makers within the organization are knowledgeable of the most pressing health needs in our service area. The committee uses a scoring methodology that informs committee discussion and decision-making. Submitting a Full Proposal We use a two-step application process for Behavioral Health, Early Childhood Health, and Strategic Initiative grants. The committee reviews the applications to determine which proposals move forward in the process. The application for these funding areas is not a letter of intent or a concept paper and is fairly detailed. See medicafoundation.org for documents and forms required for your proposal. If you are selected to submit a full proposal, we will email you with instructions. We require applicants to use the Medica Foundation’s budget template to expedite grant review. If your application is selected to submit a full proposal, a site visit will occur with Medica Foundation volunteers and/or staff. We make every effort to do these in person; however, depending on the

situation or location of your organization, a phone call may be used instead. In 2020, an average of 37 percent of initial grant applicants were invited to submit a full proposal. Nearly 82 percent of the applicants invited to submit a full proposal were awarded funds. The Rural Health grant application is a shorter, one-step process intended to limit resources needed to complete the application. We have scaled this application to an appropriate length based on the amount of funding provided. In 2020, 55 percent of Rural Health applicants received a grant.

As a reference, the following chart illustrates the competitiveness of our funding last year:

Early Childhood Health

Behavioral Health

Rural Health



Initial Applications Received





Full Proposals Invited





Grant Awards





2021 GRANT SCHEDULE Open Request For Proposals (RFP) — Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin

Behavioral Health

Early Childhood Health

Rural Health

Strategic Initiatives

Maximum Grant Award





Initial Applications Accepted

February 1 - April 2

February 1 - April 30

July 1 - August 27

February 15 - April 30

Invitations Extended to Finalist Applicants

Early June

Late July

N/A — One-Step Application

Mid August

Presentations — Early September

Full Proposals Due

July 23

August 27

N/A — One-Step Application

Grant Award Announcements

Late September

Mid October

Mid December

Mid October

Grant Period Begins / Funding Released

October 2021 - January 2022 November 2021 - January 2022

January 2022


Proposals By Invitation Only — Nebraska and Southwestern Iowa Applications will be requested and funded on a rolling basis throughout the year.


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