The Collaborative Innovation Fund – Daily Local


COATESVILLE – The Alliance for Health Equity is pleased to announce the Collaborative Innovation Fund, an OPEN FUND opportunity for community-based 501(c)3 and 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in the region of Greater Coatesville! This fund was created following the long-term impact of the pandemic, flooding from Hurricane Idea and the recent news that Brandywine Hospital was closing.

The Alliance for Health Equity reviewed several survey reports and community assessments relevant to the immediate needs of the Coatesville community. Of the 1,319 responses from parents, nonprofit providers, and community residents, respondents indicated the need for: 50% employment, 46.9% education, and 36.1% mental health . AHE also conducted 30 interviews with funding partners to assess needs within each organization, program/service delivery, and consideration of racial inequalities. The need for general funding for operation, improving/expanding quality services and adding new services was discussed by partner organizations. Ninety percent of AHE grant partners indicated that building new partnerships and collaborations was a critical outcome of the pandemic.

With this data, the Collaborative Innovation Fund was created. This fund is intended for projects addressing emotional support and well-being (mental health services) and at least one other priority, including education and/or employment.

Emotional and wellness support: to improve access to culturally accessible behavioral/mental health services through the implementation of telehealth or other virtual platforms, in-person counseling services or other forms of health services provided by a licensed clinician or social worker.
Education: to address the most urgent needs of students within CASD that address one or more areas of concern identified in the CASD 2021 Comprehensive Plan, including: loss of K-12 learning due to the impact of the pandemic and supports for K-12 English learners.
Employment: to support employment opportunities for unemployed and underemployed students, adults and seniors, including support for the high school continuum (including paid internships or life development opportunities). external workforce), intensive case management services that promote employee retention, and transportation services to and from employment establishments .

All grants will be allocated strategically and equitably based on immediate community needs. Given the importance of these priorities, the AHE Collaborative Funding Opportunity seeks social impact by funding nonprofit partnerships to work strategically with entities that reach large numbers of students, d adults and seniors in the Coatesville Area School District, ChesPenn Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center or trusted community partners including faith-based sites, housing complexes, etc. located in the large community of Coatesville.

All organizations interested in applying to the Collaborative Innovation Fund MUST attend one of the two Let’s Talk Collaborative Innovation Funding webinars hosted by the Alliance for Health Equity. These virtual discussions will take place on Wednesday, February 23 and Wednesday, March 2 from 3 to 4 p.m. Discussions around the importance of collaboration within nonprofit and grassroots community organization will be presented, along with more information, criteria and a timeline. for the Fund. Register for one of the Let’s Talk Collaborative Innovation Funding Events


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