Grant Opportunities

Annual Funding

Minority Health Month RFP

Minority Health Month was created in April 1989. It was designed to be a 30-day, high visibility, health promotion and disease prevention campaign. Conducted with and by community based agencies and organizations, this celebration reaches into urban, suburban and rural areas of the State. These initiatives are funded up to $3,500 annually. This grant opportunity takes place each June.

Minority Health Month was designed to:

· provide crucial information to allow individuals to practice disease prevention;
· promote healthy lifestyles;
· showcase the providers of grassroots healthcare resources and information;
· highlight the disparate health conditions between Ohio’s minority and non minority populations; and
· to gain additional support for on-going efforts to improve minority health year round.


Please Note: All Commission funded programs and activities must be free and open to the public.

Miscellaneous Supplemental Funding

The Commission funds Miscellaneous Supplemental Grants based on the availability of funding each year.  This fund is designed to sponsor health related activities, that raise the visibility of the Commission and increase the focus of minority health disparities and or chronic diseases such as, but not limited to, lupus, infant mortality, or cardiovascular disease. These activities must reach and impact Ohioans from no less than two counties, and have a focus on racial and ethnic populations. This source of funding is not designed to support ongoing, long term programming. 

Funding levels vary from year to year and will be based on the amount of funds available within each fiscal year (FY). Effective fiscal year 2017, the Commission will consider sponsorship for activities up to a maximum of

Please note, funding requests must be received at least 90 days prior to the month of your event. Additionally, events that occur after July 1st must be submitted by May 1st to allow time for review and submission to the board.

 HERE for the Miscellaneous Supplemental Funding application.


To receive consideration for continuation funding, applicants must continue to: 

·      Demonstrate that at least 20% of project funds are received from sources other than grants awarded by the Commission on Minority Health;


·      Be a public or private organization which has a 501 (c)(3);


·      Provide services in close proximity to minority communities or include minority communities in their stated service area;


·      Applicants must meet all licensure and certification requirements of the State of Ohio; and


·     Applicants must comply with all current and applicable laws, regulations, rules, and administrative guidelines of
      the Ohio Commission on Minority Health.


Proposed Activity

Eligible applicants must provide an overview of the proposed activity and address each bullet below, within the application form, to include:

  • A brief introduction of the agency, the population it serves, and an introduction of the proposed event to include the date, time and location (if known)
  • A detailed descriptiom of the health promotion and education activities proposed which must impact minority health disparities
  • A descriptiom of the targeted racial and ethnic population(s) and the expected number of individuals to be served
  • A two (2) county impact area to include an *overview of past program attendance from targeted counties (*if previously funded by the Commission)
  • An overview of the marketing plan to reach at least two (2) counties
  • An overview of the demographic data collection process for each county and each population to be served
  • The inclusion of liability insurance and a description of the plan for reporting screening results and follow up on abnormal screens, If invasive health screening activities are planned
  • The requested amount of sponsorship - to include a list of line items that would be covered by Commission funds in the budget form provided
  • Please note: If applying for a community event sponsorship, all activities must be free and open to the public. If providing health screenings, all funds must support screening and related costs. 
  • Please note: If applying for a conference sponsorship, all funds must support conference registration scholarships and conference costs. Applicant must discuss how they will publicize the availability of scholarships and how they will receive and distribute scholarship requests. Applicant must also break down sponsorship costs in the project budget.
  • Please note: You must submit a copy of your CURRENT IRS 501(c) (3) Determination Letter with the application

Proposal Review

Proposals will be reviewed to determine if they meet the aforementioned eligibility criteria.  Those that meet the criteria are then reviewed to determine if they move forward to the Grants Committee for review. If proposals are approved by the grants committee, the proposal then moves to the full Board for review. 

If funded, Miscellaneous Supplemental Grantees will be expected to complete the following and include the data in the final report:

  • Collect and report on demographics of event participants to include race, ethnicity, gender, age, county and zip code.
  • Collect and summarize the participant event satisfaction survey results
  • Summarize event activities in detail to include screening demographics (if screenings provided), implemented marketing strategies and their outcome, estimated number in attendance, counties served, challenges, and program successes.

Full detail of what the final report includes can be found at this link: MSG Final Report 

Biennial Funding

Demonstration:  The fiscal year 20-21 application period is not open at this time.

REVISED DATE OF RELEASE: The Commission has revised the Demonstration Grant RFP release date.
The Commission has revised the Demonstration Grant RFP release date. The revised release date is: January 14, 2019.

Description: Innovative and culturally specific projects are funded up to $140,000, for a two-year period. These projects must address a specific community with a methodology yielding measurable outcomes for behavior change. Grants must identify one or more of the six diseases and conditions, or risk factors, responsible for excess, premature deaths in the community. They promote behavior change by tapping into the attitudes, values and beliefs of the target populations. A goal of this grant program is the institutionalization of culturally appropriate projects into the healthcare delivery system.  

Please click the link for, Current funded agencies.
Please click HERE for project abstracts. (Abstract document is being revised)

Lupus: The fiscal year 20-21 application period is not open at this time. 

REVISED DATE OF RELEASE: The Commission has revised the Lupus Grant RFP release date. 
The Commission has revised the Lupus Grant RFP release date. The revised release date is: January 21, 2019.


Description: This program provides grants for lupus programs for patient, public and professional education which are funded up to $28,000 for a two-year period. In addition, Lupus grants can be used to encourage and develop local centers on lupus information gathering and screening and to provide outreach to women of color.  
Please click the link for,

Current funded agencies  
Please click HERE for project abstracts. 
(Abstract document is being revised) 


Please Note: All Commission funded programs and activities must be free and open to the public.


HUB Replication and Expansion

The 2016/2017 State of Ohio Biennial Budget provided an increase in funding to the Ohio Commission on Minority Health (Commission). This funding supported the Replication and Expansion of the Certified Pathways Community HUB Model Request For Proposal to address infant mortality, through a competitive-bid process for the purpose of  the expansion of three existing Pathways Community HUBs and  the replication and implementation of three new Pathways Community HUBs. The three new HUBs must be located in and target services within one of the following areas: Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Youngstown and Southeast Ohio. 

This grant initiative is designed to assist the Commission in achieving the Healthy People 2020 goals of reducing the rate of all infant deaths and the reducing preterm births by 10%. All grantees must work to achieve these established goals along with efforts to address increase early and adequate access to prenatal healthcare, timely post partum visits, increasing safe sleep practices, access to behavioral health services and the provision of other services that decrease social determinants of health risk factors that impact birth outcomes.

Please click, HERE for an Infant Mortality HUB Overview.

First Round 2018/19 Funded HUB Grantees
Click HERE for Project Abstracts

Replication Grantees: 

Will update after November Board Meeting

Expansion Grantees:
Will update after November Board Meeting

HUB Model Background
The HUB Model is an evidence based community care coordination approached that has demonstrated effectiveness within racial and ethnic populations. The Pathways Community HUB Model has been endorsed by several federal agencies such as: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Institute of Medicine and others.

HUB Certification
The Kresge Foundation funded the creation of the Pathways HUB Certification Process. All Commission funded grantees must be certified and/or maintain certification to retain funding. The HUB Certification Prerequisites and HUB Certification Standards can be located at This Certification Process will be overseen by the Rockville Institute.

More Information
For more information, please visit the Rockville Institute at

Additional Funding Resources

On behalf of the Ohio Department of Medicaid and the Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program, the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center (GRC) is requesting applications from Ohio's academic medical centers interested in creating virtual reality experiences and patient simulations for Medicaid providers to increase provider cultural competency and awareness of implicit bias. 

The Providers as Allies in Equity and Care (PAEC) project seeks to advance health equity for the Medicaid population and help reduce health disparities. This opportunity provides up to $7,000,000 in Federal Financial Participation dollars. 


Key Dates & Deadlines
Question and Answer Period - GRC will accept questions at from June 28, 2018 to July 6, 2018, 12:00 PM EST

Application Deadline - On behalf of state sponsors, GRC will accept quotes until July 16, 2018, 5:00 PM EST.

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