Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Inc.

Contact Information

33920 US Highway 19 N
Ste 269
Palm Harbor, FL 34684 - 2673
FY 2015 Social Innovation Fund

Executive Summary

Founded in 1998, Allegany Franciscan Ministries (AFM) is an experienced grantmaker whose primary purpose is to invest in community-based programs through grants, in order to improve health status among low-income communities by increasing access to health services and information. AFM serves as the sole applicant for this proposal.

AFM's proposed SIF initiative, the Healthy Living Fund (HLF), responds to the Issue-Based (Healthy Futures) social problem of Healthy Lifestyle Barriers in Low-Income Community Environments. HLF will invest in high-performing subrecipient organizations serving nearly 80 selected communities across 18 U.S. states, as enumerated in the Application Information section.

AFM will be supported by its parent health system, the nationwide nonprofit Trinity Health network, and Trinity's Institute for Health and Community Benefit. Trinity will support the project through a) direct oversight of the intermediary's post-award management and compliance, through System Office Finance team support, and b) coordination and delivery of technical assistance supplied to HLF subrecipients, to include Community Impact methodology, social marketing, and post-award management. Trinity member organizations in targeted communities will supply local support of subrecipient projects, in the form of convening, fundraising technical assistance, and partial match of subrecipient awards. An independent, third-party Evaluation Team drawn from University of Chicago-Illinois (UIC) doctorate-level researchers will support the evaluation of subrecipient performance and impact, as well as the overall, collective impact of the HLF iniatiative.

HLF will address deficits in the Community Environment that prevent low-income individuals, and women and children in particular, from adopting science-based health recommendations for diet and physical activity (such as vegetable and fruit intake and/or minimum amounts of activity) in their daily lives. Through Strategy A (subrecipient selection of evidence-based interventions), HLF subrecipients will enact innovative, evidence-based interventions to increase practical resources for healthy eating and active living within low-income communities. Further, HLF projects will pair new or expanded opportunities with culturally responsive social marketing and health education.

HLF interventions are expected to a) increase access to wellness resources and opportunities among target populations, in order to promote healthier lifestyles; b) increase effective utilization of wellness resources, toward the adoption of specific health recommendations; and c) lead to the improvement of diet- and exercise-related health indicators or status (such as obesity) among individuals and target populations. With respect to the Collective Impact theory of change, subrecipients will be expected to engage a broad group of stakeholders from across public, nonprofit, and private sectors, including representatives of the target population, in formulating their proposed solutions.

Subrecipients will be selected in a competitive open process according to criteria that aligns with the overarching HLF theory of change and logic model, utilizing an executive Review Committee comprised of AFM board members, content experts, Trinity Community Benefit leaders, and a member of the UIC Evaluation Team. The Evaluation Team will support subrecipients to advance the evidence base of their projects in alignment with the HLF Logic Model - i.e. from demonstrating evidence of increased access to resources; to evidence of actual utilization of resources and adoption of health recommendations; to evidence of favorable impact on related health indicators. The Evaluation Team will support each subrecipient to frame its evaluation strategy and achieve capacity to implement rigorous evaluation plans.

AFM anticipates funding approximately 15 subrecipients for 3- 5-year awards ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 annually, through a request of $5 million. The corresponding match of $5 million has been committed by Trinity Health as a single source. AFM currently manages an annual portfolio of approximately $6 million in awards, and invests $1.7 million in capacity-building programming for nonprofit constituents, to include social enterprise technical assistance and convening services. The proposed HLF grant term will be from August 2015-August 2020.

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