Mental Health Grant Questions and Answers

On Feb. 22, we held a pre-proposal conference to answer questions about the upcoming Mental Health grant.

An overview of the Mental Health request for proposal (RFP) was shared with particular emphasis on a change from last year’s RFPs. Grants will now be awarded at a maximum of $250,000 per year for a period of up to two years. The complete RFP can be found under the mental health grant section.

We had so many great questions from the audience that we would like to share some of them for those who were not able to attend.

Q: What is the percent of indirect costs that are allowed?
A: Ten percent of the subtotal.

Q: When will the Letter of Intent online submission link be posted on the HCF website?
A: The letter of intent online submission is available now on our website. You can find it here.

Q: Are there any advantages or disadvantages for an agency to request funding for a 12-month period versus a 24-month period?
A: There are no advantages or disadvantages either way. We encourage organizations to request the amount of time they feel they will need to complete their project. External reviewers will sometimes recommend funding for just one year of a two year project request.

Q: Can a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from an organization who will provide in-kind support be used instead of Letters of Support or Commitment?
A: Yes, however MOUs may not always include specific financial detail including the dollar value of services so please be sure to supplement the MOU with this detail.

Q: Are the external reviewers the same every year?
A: No. Some of our external reviewers are new each year and some have been reviewers in years past.

Q: If an organization received Mental Health funding last year, can they submit another similar request?
A: Yes, an organization may submit a continuation request, however, keep in mind that HCF cannot cover the same costs in two different and simultaneous grants. The organization would have to wait until one grant finishes before beginning the next grant that have the same project costs.

Q: How does the 2012 funding amount for Mental Health compare to last year’s?
A: In 2012, HCF will award $4.7 million in Mental Health grants as compared to $4.2 million in 2011.

Q: Do all grants, regardless of amount requested, go through the same process?
A: Yes.

You can access the PowerPoint from the conference here.


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