The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help reduce the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic among racial and ethnic populations that have been disproportionately affected. As part of this effort, IDOH’s Office of Minority Health is implementing Together We Will, a grant program investing $7 million from 2021-2023 in community initiatives that address health inequities for marginalized populations in Indiana.
Together We Will is focused on funding community projects impacting eight public health priority areas: Access, COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy, Environmental Justice, Infant & Maternal Mortality, Mental Health, Structural & Systemic Barriers, Substance Use Disorder, and Violence. (Please see the PRIORITY HEALTH AREAS section below for more information.)
Applicants to the grant program must be located within Indiana. These include local health departments, hospitals, local government agencies, local coordinating councils, recovery-oriented systems of care, recovery hubs, drug-free coalitions, community coalitions, faith-based institutions, and non-profit organizations that have experience in leading community health improvement activities.
The amount available for Together We Will is $7 million. Applicants may apply for grants in an amount ranging from $1,000 to $75,000. The final award amount is contingent on submission of a reasonable proposal that is approved by IDOH’s Office of Minority Health.
Since December 2021, applications to the grant program have been received on a rolling basis. Applicants could submit proposals with budgets of $1,000 to $75,000. After receiving an award, grantees must expend their funds by May 30, 2024.
Please explore our Grantee Spotlights to see some of the wonderful projects that have received funding.
Together We Will provides the following:
- A step-by-step process on how to create a great grant application.
- Project scoping sessions with Together We Will team members who assist prospective applicants with questions about how to compile a proposal.
- Scoring and written commentary from a Peer Review Panel composed of reviewers that are experts in grant development and community impact. Members of the Peer Review Panel have experience in reviewing grants on behalf of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), as well as other federal and state agencies.
- If an application is not initially recommended for funding by the Peer Review Panel, one-on-one virtual technical assistance sessions with a Peer Technical Assistance Team is offered to applicants to help them in improving their application, with the goal of re-submitting the proposal for consideration. Members of the Peer Technical Assistance Team are community developers and seasoned project implementers.
- Evaluation sessions with grantees, providing them with the opportunity to fulfill requirements about reporting on how their grant funds were expended and the status of their projects.