- Is my organization eligible to receive funding from the foundation?
- What are the foundation’s current areas of interest?
- What is the application process?
- If we are a collaborative of nonprofits seeking support, how do we apply?
- What are the deadlines for grant proposals?
- If an organization has an idea for a proposal, can we meet with foundation staff to discuss?
- Does the foundation fund general operating expenses?
- What are the cities that are in the catchment area of the foundation?
- Does an organization need to be located within the Mid-Valley to apply for funds?
- Are legal and financial documents required as part of my application?
- Are “letters of support” encouraged or required?
- Does the foundation fund scholarships or sponsorships?
- Does the foundation fund “indirect costs” associated with a program?
- How much money does KCCF grant each year?
- What is an appropriate request amount? Is there a maximum grant amount?
In order to receive funding, an organization must:
- Be a qualified public entity or an IRS recognized 501 (c) (3) in good standing with the IRS, and must provide programs and/or services directed at improving wellness, fitness, nutrition services, preventative health and health education access within the service delivery area.
- Offer unique, innovative, or enhancement of programs and/or services that demonstrate a positive effect on the individuals in our community that need it most.
The Knapp Community Care Foundation Board of Directors has elected to target Diabetes and/or Obesity as the AREAS OF INTEREST, until further notice. In addition, we have developed definitions to assist applicants in determining if a proposal meets our FOCUS AREAS:
- Behavioral Health – programs, services or activities that address the scientific study of the emotions, behaviors and biology relating to a person’s mental well-being, their ability to function in everyday life and their concept of self.
- Direct Healthcare – programs and services to a patient that requires some degree of interaction between the patient and the health care provider.
- Health Related Education – programs, services or activities that provide any combination of learning experiences designed to help individuals and communities improve their health, by increasing their knowledge or influencing their attitudes.
- Nutrition – programs, services or activities that provide or obtain knowledge of the food necessary for health and growth.
- Prevention/Wellness – programs, services or activities that keep an illness or injury from happening or that promote the state or condition of being in good physical and mental health.
Upon release of a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA), the process to apply for a grant begins with Letter of Interest (LOI). If the LOI is approved, an invitation to apply will be emailed to the applicant. Only those entities that receive invitations to apply may submit a full application. All applications must be submitted online through our grant application system.
The process for collaborative grants is the same as regular grants (see question #2), the difference is in the actual application.
While we do not have set deadlines, we normally release a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) in the fall and provide funding once a year. You may visit our website for NOFA announcements.
Knapp Community Care Foundation staff welcome the opportunity to discuss ideas with potential applicants. As a reminder, KCCF is a healthcare foundation so all proposals must be health related.
The foundation may invest in general operating costs as they relate directly to the program or service being proposed, which we consider as an indirect line item of 15%, however indirect cost funding is not guaranteed.
The Knapp Community Care Foundation’s service delivery area is the Mid-Valley; consequently cities listed are considered “Mid-Valley” cities
- Delta area includes: San Carlos, La Blanca, Monte Alto, Edcouch, Elsa and La Villa.
- La Feria
- La Sara
- Santa Rosa
An organization does not have to be physically located within the Mid-Valley area, but the programs and/or services must be provided to Mid-Valley residents and in the Mid-Valley area.
A copy of a 501 (c) (3) determination letter, IRS Form 990, and financial statements (including an audit, if your organization is audited) are required. In addition, the online application includes a list of other financial documents that may be required.
Letters of Support are not required for regular grants, but are required for collaborative grants. In some cases the foundation staff may ask for letters of support for a regular application if it is determined that they will strengthen the grant.
The foundation does not fund scholarships or sponsorships.
Services and/or program grants may receive 15% of the total grant award to be used for indirect costs associated with the proposal, however indirect cost funding is not guaranteed.
KCCF is ethically and legally bound to grant a minimum of five percent of its asset base in the grants process. The goal is to fund health and health related programs and/or services that positively impact the designated service delivery area.
While we do not have a maximum grant set amount, we are reminded that healthcare needs in our area are great and the competition is strong. Knowing we are unable to fund every request that we receive, we encourage applicants to determine their highest priorities and apply accordingly.