Wellness Initiative

Grant Application Guidelines and Information

Primary Target Populations | Who is eligible to apply? | Projects to be considered | Required Program Criteria | Online Application ProcessGrant Application Questions and Required DocumentsInformational Meeting  | Grant Deadline and Notification | Reporting | Questions & ClarificationsWellness Initiative Grantees

Upcoming Grant Application Deadlines
Oct. 15, 2018

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The mission of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation Wellness Initiative is to create a culture of health in central Oklahoma, with a focus on improving health indicators, where making healthy lifestyle choices is simple, accessible, easy – and the cool thing to do. It seeks to work with organizations in developing innovative community-based programs that motivate people to engage in a sustainable program of daily exercise, healthy eating and other wellness activities and inspires them to adopt a healthy lifestyle that minimizes the potential of future illness and disease. The initiative is about preventing the development of lifestyle-related diseases by focusing on these daily numbers to live by – OK5210: 1) 5 or more fruits or vegetables, 2) 2 hours or less of screen time, 3) 1 hour of physical activity and 4) 0 sugar-sweetened beverages. Visit www.GetMovingOKC.org for more information.

Goals & Objectives:

  1. Improve the health indicators for citizens of central Oklahoma around physical activity, nutrition, obesity and rates of chronic disease related to an unhealthy lifestyle.
  2. Build the infrastructure of the community for both facilities and programs that encourage participation in daily exercise to make it easy for individuals to take part.
  3. Increase the availability of opportunities for target population groups to make healthy lifestyle choices (free or low cost activities, access to healthy food options).
  4. Increase physical activity, basic health and nutrition education for all school-aged children through both school and non-school programs.

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Primary Target Populations

  1. School-aged youth.
  2. Adults who are currently inactive and at risk for lifestyle-related diseases or health issues but who are capable of becoming active and wish to become more active.
  3. Adults who are somewhat active but who are capable of increasing activity levels and who wish to become more active.
  4. Youth and adults who lack access to or information about healthy eating and other healthy lifestyle choices.

Who is eligible to apply?
Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides direct services and has a governing board based in central Oklahoma is eligible to apply. Nonprofit organizations with a current GiveSmartOKC.org profile will receive special consideration for having completed a rigorous assessment process for transparency. For more information about GiveSmartOKC.org, please contact givesmartokc@occf.org.

In addition, community groups, schools, local government agencies or state or city connected agencies may apply as long as the funding request is for programs for the public, located in central Oklahoma. The program should target populations that have not previously had access to services related to the OK 5210 message topics. Programs should be open and not restricted by residency or membership.

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Projects to be considered:

  1. Programs that target individuals who do not participate in regular exercise, eat healthy or who have other unhealthy lifestyle habits.
  2. Programs that target individuals who are at risk for health problems for whom regular physical activity and better nutrition would be beneficial.
  3. Programs that target groups or individuals that would provide motivation to other individuals who do not regularly exercise, eat healthy or maintain a healthy lifestyle to encourage their participation in programs to improve overall community wellness.
  4. Programs that encourage children and teenagers who do not currently participate in organized physical activities to participate in regular daily exercise or make other healthy lifestyle changes at school and after-school locations.
  5. Programs that provide open participation opportunities and sustainable regular activities.

Required Program Criteria

This grant cycle will emphasize a binary public health approach. Grant applications must fit into one of two program criteria categories listed below.

1. Population Health Programs- create awareness and opportunities for healthy behavior changes at a community level:

  • Must incorporate the OK 5210 message in all funded programming.
  • Must occur regularly during the timeframe proposed for funding and provide opportunity for sustainability.
  • Program must have the potential to be scaled and/or replicated.
  • Must have identified measurable goals that have the potential to show long-term successful outcomes.
  • Outcome measurements should include participant changes in increased knowledge and awareness, and/or changes in motivations and attitudes resulting behavior changes related to the OK5210 campaign as determined through pre and post surveys.

2. Individual Health Programs- measure behavior changes through collection of biometric data at the individual level:

  • Must incorporate the OK 5210 message in all funded programming.
  • Must occur regularly during the timeframe proposed for funding and provide opportunity for sustainability.
  • Must utilize best practice guidelines that are evidence based and have the potential to be replicated or scaled to a population level.
  • Must have identified measurable goals that have the potential to show long-term successful outcomes.
  • The standard outcomes measurement evaluation should include positive changes in weight, BMI or waist circumference and knowledge of OK5210 as determined through pre and post surveys. Additional biometric evaluation is strongly encouraged (i.e., improved blood pressure, A1C levels, etc.).
  • Alternative outcomes could also be considered, such as improved fitness levels as monitored through pre and post testing, but must be approved prior to program implementation.

No grants will be made for capital campaigns, fundraising events, clinical equipment or facility construction. Lower priority will be given to support administrative needs such as occupancy, computer equipment and overhead.

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Online Application Process
Grant applications will be accepted via an online process after requesting an invitation and being invited to apply. To receive an invitation to apply, please email the name and address of your organization. Include a brief description of your project and the target population. The invitation to apply will include an access code and URL link for the online application. The request for invitation must be submitted as above no later than Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at 5 p.m. in order for access to the online application to be considered. Any requests after that time will not be accepted. NOTE: After Oct. 5, 2018, contact Kelley Barnes.

In order to streamline the online application process, all applicants are required to have a published GiveSmartOKC profile. For those applicants that do not have a GiveSmartOKC profile, please contact givesmartokc@occf.org. To learn more information, visit www.GiveSmartOKC.org.

Grant Application Questions and Required Documents
Grant applications must provide answers to the questions listed below:

  1. How does your program support the goals of the Wellness Initiative?
  2. Does your program fit the criteria of an individual or population health program?
  3. What specific population is targeted and why? Note that the populations without access to services will be a priority.
  4. What need will the program address to serve this specific targeted population?
  5. How will individuals learn about the program or how are they encouraged to participate (i.e., methods of marketing and promoting the program) and how will collaborations be formed?
  6. Describe the specific services that will be provided, including the location (within central Oklahoma) and time period. The program should typically be implemented within 90 days of receiving notice of funding.
  7. Describe the experience of the organization in providing this service.
  8. If the request is for a program with ongoing needs, please describe the organization’s plan for continuing the program beyond the funding period.

In addition, applicants will be required to upload the following documents:

  1. A complete and detailed (line item) program budget, with both revenue and expenses listed.
  2. A program evaluation or outcome measurement plan that includes what the lifestyle change goals for the program are and how those changes will be measured.

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Informational Meeting
All interested applicants are encouraged to attend an informational meeting about the Wellness Initiative grant program Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, at 3 p.m. at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation office.  Please review the guidelines to ensure eligibility and visit www.GetMovingOKC.org prior to the meeting. It is highly encouraged that program staff members involved in the implementation of the proposed program or service attend the meeting. For any questions about eligibility, please contact Tracey Strader at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation at 405-606-2936. NOTE: After Oct. 5, 2018, contact Kelley Barnes.

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Grant Deadline and Notification
Deadline for submission of all grant application materials is on or before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. The grant application will be reviewed by a committee and recommended for approval to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation Board of Trustees. Grantees will be notified of a decision at the end of November.

Grantees will be required to submit a midway report and a final report. Grantees will also be asked to participate in the activities of the Central Oklahoma Wellness Alliance to share information about evaluations, outcomes, successes and failures. Our goal is to determine which programs work best for making changes in the wellness of our community and how these programs can be replicated community-wide and to share information with all organizations working toward a healthier central Oklahoma.

Questions & Clarifications
Please submit any questions or a need for clarification on any aspect of the application requirements to Tracey Strader and note in the subject line “Wellness Initiative Grant Application.” NOTE: After Oct. 5, 2018, contact Kelley Barnes. Replies will be provided in a timely manner during the work week (not including any holidays). Questions will not be answered after the deadline.

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► Recent Grants

Among Friends of Norman – $11,200 to fund daily health and wellness classes for adults with disabilities and additional needs.

Healthy Schools Oklahoma – $20,000 to expand their early childhood SPARK program that provides sports, play and active recreation to pre-kindergarten students in 20 Oklahoma City metro-area elementary schools.

Infant Crisis Services – $12,500 for the Nutrition Education for Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Lifetimes – a monthly nutrition class for low-income parents and their children.

INTEGRIS Foundation – $40,000 to expand the INTEGRIS Community Wellness Fit Club to offer additional free fitness classes for senior adults at Crossings Community Center.

Latino Community Development Agency – $15,000 for a family health and wellness program for Latino youth and adults at risk for lifestyle-related diseases.

Metro Technology Centers – $10,000 to provide free MetroFit youth fitness and nutrition classes at Metro Tech Northeast Campus.

Metropolitan Better Living Center – $10,000 for health and wellness classes for seniors and caregivers in the northeast quadrant of Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City Bicycle Society – $17,170 for a bike skills and safety training program for central Oklahoma residents.

OKC Metro Alliance – $12,000 to support an exercise program for participants in the Firstep Recovery Program for Women.

Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) of Oklahoma County – $14,000 for the Heads Over Meals Project, a health and wellness class for low-literacy adult learners and those who work with them.

Rainbow Fleet – $22,000 to continue training for child care professionals to integrate health and wellness activities that promote good nutrition and physical activity for children.

Rainbow Fleet – $10,000 for continuation of the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds program that offers wellness training and resources for child care providers.

ReMerge of Oklahoma County – $12,000 for biometric screening to supplement the ongoing health and wellness program tailored for high-risk women participating in the ReMerge diversion program.

Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma City – $3,000 to support a wellness curriculum, Triple Play: Healthy Habits, which focuses on making choices that support healthy eating patterns and physical wellness.

Skyline Urban Ministry – $5,000 to support the construction of a community produce garden and gardening education classes.

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City – $3,475 to support the LIVESTRONG program that provides free wellness and fitness activities for cancer survivors.