Supporting Home and Community-based Health Services for Chicago’s Medically Underserved

Model Proposals

A successful grant is of as much benefit to a foundation as it is to a grantee. For VNA Foundation, the special joy in our grantmaking comes from funding programs and projects which address the needs of those who have been the focus of our mission for over 100 years: the men, women and children of Chicago who lack access to basic health services. We have been fortunate to be able to accomplish much in our years of grantmaking. With the help of our partners, we will continue to do so.

Here are some examples of proposals that we found particularly compelling.

Hamdard Center for Health & Human Services

For clinics that serve the medically disenfranchised, there is nothing more constant than change. Every day brings its own fresh set of hurdles and in recent years the economic recession, cuts to funding streams, and ACA implementation have brought additional special challenges.  These and other factors have left many clinics on shaky ground, and several VNA grantees have investigated securing Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) designation as a means to increase financial stability. One VNA grantee which recently achieved FQHC status is Hamdard Center for Health & Human Services. Hamdard approached VNA with its plan to pursue FQHC designation and made an effective case for funding to support a nurse practitioner.

Hamdard’s proposal was approved at the September 12, 2013 VNA Foundation board meeting. We were very impressed by the thoroughness of presentation and scope of planning evident in this submission, so are pleased to offer it here as a model proposal. Although we do not expect or require this level of detail from other grantseekers, we hope that Hamdard’s efforts can better inform those applying for a VNA grant, and help guide others who are undergoing FQHC planning and application.

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PCC Community Wellness

VNA Foundation enjoys partnering with nonprofits to create new programs which offer innovative solutions to problems facing the needy populations we seek to serve. But we also recognize the importance of funding well-established programs or services addressing essential needs. For that reason, we appreciated the following proposal from PCC Community Wellness — to fund home health care and breastfeeding support provided by nurses. We liked its clarity, use of well established practices, and measurable outcomes.

This proposal was approved in full by the VNA Foundation Board at its December 8, 2011 board meeting. We are pleased to offer it as a model proposal, submitted through the VNA online Grants Management System.

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 Sarah’s Circle

Many agencies serving the disenfranchised at some point realize they must review their practices to enhance or guarantee essential services, expand if necessary to better meet the needs of their clients, and engage the expertise to undertake these processes. Sarah’s Circle, after operating for 30 years as an emergency shelter and supportive housing agency, is at such a point — and its proposal provides a strong example of a pilot project that will utilize evidence-based practices to meet the needs of a growing number of newly housed, formerly chronically homeless women.

This proposal was approved in full by the VNA Foundation Board at its December 8, 2011 board meeting. We are pleased to offer it as a model proposal, submitted through the VNA online Grants Management System.

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For more information on these and other VNA Foundation grant awards, please see the list of recent grants or our grant search.

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