Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Wellness Grants program accepting applications

Who's eligible: Almost any kind of group that has or wants to add some type of physical fitness or other health related program.

Project Title: Community Wellness Grants Award
Period: 1/1/18 – 12/31/18
Date RFP Issued: 6/15/17
Proposal Due: 9/8/17
Contact: Janet Franz, Chairperson, Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports
Email: vermontfitness@vermont.gov

Requests for Proposals
The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports, hereinafter referred to as The Council, is seeking proposals to provide funding for the development of new community wellness initiatives, improvement of existing community wellness programs, and/or collaboration between worksites and community wellness initiatives across the state of VT. The anticipated grant period will be 1/1/18 through 12/31/18, with no option to renew.

Background & Purpose

Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is a global health initiative led by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). EIM is committed to the belief that physical activity plays an integral role in the prevention, treatment and management of chronic diseases and should therefore be considered and promoted as a vital sign of health. EIM not only strives to integrate physical activity into healthcare but also seeks to link patients to community resources with the ultimate goal of implementing interventions that will slow, stop, and reverse the progression of chronic diseases.

Guided by the EIM initiative, the purpose of the Community Wellness grant is to offer funding assistance with the development of a new wellness program, improve an existing wellness program, or pursue new wellness initiatives that will have an impact on the health and well-being of community members within the state of VT.

Eligible Applicants: 

  • Community groups including recreation departments, faith-based groups, non-profit organizations, schools, community-based health centers 
  • Worksites with a community link (primary worksite should be within the state of VT) 

Availability & Use of Funds:

A total of $15,000 is available for this award period. The total number of grants and amounts awarded will be based upon the number received and reviewer evaluations. The Community Wellness award is a one-time award that can be used to cover materials and personnel expenses related to the establishment or improvement of a wellness program, community program, or collaboration between a worksite and community that will have an impact on the health and well-being of community members demonstrated with measurable health objectives/outcomes. The Community Wellness award will not fund one-time events (i.e. blood pressure screening day) or equipment only requests (i.e. standing desks). Although several aspects of wellness (i.e. mental health, social well-being) will be considered for this funding mechanism special consideration will be given to those including physical activity as a primary component.

By encouraging and supporting healthy physical activity habits, community groups as well as collaborations between these groups and worksites have the potential to positively impact the health of their communities. Each community group, or collaborating worksite and community group selected will have different goals for their wellness program, but they must have measurable outcomes with clear strategies for assessing these outcomes. The Fit and Healthy Vermonters Community Assessment Toolkit provides the resources necessary to develop programs and services that best address the physical activity needs and wants of your community. http://healthvermont.gov/local/grants/documents/CommunityAssessmentToolkit.pdf

Proposal Guidelines 

This RFP defines the scope of work required which the chosen Grantee must operate. In order to be considered for selection, applicant must complete all responses to this RFP in the format described in this document. The Council reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals. Proposals should include a goal, objectives, outlined strategies for meeting objectives as well as the measurable outcomes expected as a result of the proposed program.

Key Steps, Timeline, and Personnel

In order to successfully achieve the outlined objectives, proposals should include a program implementation plan and assessment schedule. In addition, the individual(s) responsible for each key step should be identified.


The Council seeks to fund programs that will continue to have a positive impact on community health and wellness beyond the award period. Proposals should outline a plan and identify individuals responsible for sustaining the program beyond the award period.

Reportable Outcomes

Chosen grantees will be required to submit a brief (no more than 2-page) final report to The Council. This report will provide The Council information regarding the impact of the program on the community, specifically the health outcomes, as well as the current and future, planned status of the program. Failure to submit a final report to The Council and/or significant deviation from the work plan outlined in the awarded proposal will make the grantee ineligible for any future grant opportunities. The final report will become part of The Council grant records.


Grantees may be contacted and asked intermittently during the award period by members of The Council for program updates, information, and/or photos. Any information and/or photos grantees are willing to share will only be used for promotional purposes by The Council and will not affect the award (funding).

Point of Contact 

The Chairperson of The Council, Janet Franz, is the sole contact for this proposal. All communications, including any questions or concerns regarding this RFP are to be addressed through email listed on cover sheet of this proposal.

Award Timeline 

The Council schedule for this RFP and granting process is listed below. Please note that The Council reserves the right to adjust the schedule below as needed.

RFP published                                 June 15, 2017
Proposals due                                  September 8, 2017 at 4:00p.m.
EST Award Notification                  On or before October 2, 2017
Anticipated award start date           January 1, 2018
Final Report due                             March 31, 2019

Proposal Submission & Deadline 

Applicants will submit their proposal electronically to: vermontfitness@vermont.gov with “RFP Submission” in the subject line of the email. The closing date for the receipt of proposals is 4:00 PM Eastern Time on Friday, September 8, 2017. The Council reserves the right to eliminate from further consideration any proposal deemed to be substantially or materially unresponsive to the requests for information contained herein. Please note that any and all pages of the Applicant proposal containing confidential and proprietary information must be clearly marked “Proprietary and Confidential.” After completion of this bid process, all proposal materials are in the public domain. Proposals may not be marked “Proprietary and Confidential” in their entirety.

Proposal Evaluation 

A team of reviewers will determine if each proposal is sufficiently responsive to the RFP to permit a complete evaluation of the Proposal. Proposals must comply with the instructions to Applicant detailed below. Failure to comply with the instructions shall deem the proposal non-responsive and subject to rejection without further consideration.

Method of Award 

The Council reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals. Upon completion of the evaluation process, The Council will select proposals based on the evaluations and within The Council’s pre-determined grant funding allotment for this RFP. Proposal Format and Contents Proposals should include a goal, objectives, outlined strategies for meeting objectives as well as the measurable Page 4 of 8 outcomes expected as a result of the proposed program. Goal: Broad, sweeping statement of what you would like to accomplish. Objectives: Address how you are going to achieve your goals. Strategies: Discuss activities you will do to reach your objectives. Measurable Outcomes: Discuss the changes or results you expect as a result of your program and how you will evaluate these changes. The proposal must be organized in the order outlined below. Headings in bold should remain in the proposal. Text beneath the bold headings can be deleted for proposal submission.

Applicant Checklist 
Section 1: Applicant Information 
Section 2: Work Plan 
Section 3: Budget & Budget Justification
More here: http://vermontfitness.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Gov-Council-Community-Wellness-Grants-RFP-15Jun17.pdf

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