2022 Orlando Health Communities Grants Program Deadline Approaches – State of Reform


Florida’s local health equity organizations have until the end of the week to apply for Orlando Health’s 2022 Community Grants program. During last year’s grant cycle, Orlando Health, which operates 15 healthcare facilities in central Florida, including the nation’s largest neonatal intensive care unit, awarded more than $ 350,000.

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Grant recipients who have already received funding provide services that support the social determinants of health of vulnerable communities, such as food insecurity and access to health care. Lainie Fox Ackerman, Assistant Vice President of Orlando Health External Affairs and Community Benefit, highlighted the program’s cross-silo impact:

“This program is just one of the ways we are able to further support the impactful work organizations are doing to improve the health of our communities in central Florida. By joining forces with partners to meet important health needs, we can ensure a healthier future for the communities we serve. “

Applicants for a grant must go through a two-phase submission process. First, they must complete a letter of intent by September 17 on the grant program website and email it to [email protected]. If selected to proceed to Phase 2, applicants must submit a grant proposal, in the amount of $ 500 to $ 50,000 by October 29. Grants will last for 12 months and organizations must provide Orlando Health with progress reports on their impact on the community.

The program used the results of the 2019 community health needs assessment (CHNA) to identify former grant recipients. Orlando Health, several county health departments, and other health organizations have compiled the CHNA as part of the Central Florida Community Collaborative.

Key takeaways from the ECHN included affordable primary care, lack of access to mental health and addiction services, and affordable housing. At the time of the survey, almost half of respondents said they postpone preventive care until they become ill.

In March, Orlando Health awarded $ 75,000 to the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County. DOH-Seminole used $ 50,000 to add Spanish speaking staff to its diabetes prevention program. The remaining $ 25,000 was used to expand the ministry’s Integrated Community Mobile Health Services (CIMHS) program, which provides screening, testing and referral services to communities with limited access to health care. .

Check out the full schedule of applications for the 2022 Orlando Health Community Grants program below:

Tuesday, September 7, 2021: Opening of the letter of intent process for external organizations

Friday September 17, 2021: letter of intent due

Monday October 4, 2021: Organizations will be notified if they have been selected to submit a full grant proposal

Team Members app opens on SWIFT

Friday, October 29, 2021: complete submission and application from team members

November 2021: Notification of award or refusal

January 2021: Start date of funded projects