Community Health and Quality of Life RFP for Athens, Hocking and Vinton Counties Suspended

Update March 2020: The Community Health and Quality of Life Request for Proposals for Athens, Hocking and Vinton counties has been suspended and funds have been deployed as part of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations (Foundations) COVID-19 Crisis Rapid Response. In order to address urgent community needs, the Foundations are directing support to organizations providing critical food access and behavioral health services to vulnerable populations, and have also contributed to emergency response funds established by the Athens County Foundation and Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. In the coming months, please visit our website for additional updates regarding future funding opportunities.


The mission of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville (the Foundation) is to improve the health and quality of life in the community through education, research and service consistent with our osteopathic heritage. The Foundation advances this mission through strategic partnerships, multi-year funding commitments, funding collaborations and significant investments in southeastern Ohio. In addition, the Foundation pursues opportunities to advance innovative solutions demonstrating long-term impact for vulnerable populations, measurable outcomes and sustainability. Since 1998, the Foundation has approved $11 million in funding awards to improve the health and quality of life in the region.

Funding Intent

The intent of the Community Health and Quality of Life Request for Proposals (RFP) is to increase access to, and enhance the quality of, existing health and social service programs for vulnerable populations in Athens, Hocking and/or Vinton counties. Support will also be considered for innovative, sustainable new programs where a one-time investment of funds is needed. For the purposes of the RFP, members of vulnerable populations include older adults, at-risk youth and individuals/families with low-incomes and/or chronic health conditions.

Successful proposals will demonstrate results that are sustainable following the investment period and one or more of the outcomes below:

  • Increased availability of community-based health and social services to vulnerable populations
  • Enhanced quality of community-based health and social services for vulnerable populations
  • Improved service coordination and/or process efficiencies strengthening the capacity of community-based health and social service organizations supporting vulnerable populations

Funding awards of up to $30,000 will be made available to public and nonprofit, community-based health and social service organizations serving vulnerable residents in Athens, Hocking and/or Vinton Counties.  The Foundation will allocate up to $200,000 to be awarded through the RFP.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include community-based organizations meeting the following criteria:

  • Be a 501(c)3 tax exempt entity as defined by the Internal Revenue Service or an instrumentality of the state
  • Submit a proposal serving vulnerable populations in Athens, Hocking and/or Vinton counties
  • Reflect alignment with the purpose of the RFP and mission of the Foundation
  • Demonstrate a readiness to implement the proposed project and a plan for its continuation following the funding period
  • Indicate specific and measurable outcomes related to the project
  • Submit a proposal that does not include funding for endowments or general operating support
  • Submit only one application per organization

RFP Briefing 

The Foundation will host an informational meeting for organizations interested in applying through the RFP. The briefing will be held March 25, 2020 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Stuart’s Opera House (52 Public Square, Nelsonville, OH 45764) and will include an introduction to the Foundation, overview of the RFP and guidance on using the online application system. Attendance is not required but encouraged. Please register to attend by March 20 at the following link:

Application and Review Process

Applications will be available through the Foundation’s online grantmaking system beginning February 17, 2020.  Completed applications must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. on May 15, 2020.

To apply, first review the Foundation’s Applicant Instructions for Online Grantmaking at: 

To initiate a new application, please use the following link:
Once saved, you can return to your application through the Foundation’s grantmaking portal at: You may wish to bookmark this link.

In order to complete application submission, the following attachments are required:

  • Project Budget Form (instructions and template contained within the application)
  • Budget Narrative Form (instructions and template contained within the application)
  • Organization operating budget
  • Board of Directors list
  • IRS Letter of Determination or Governmental Information Letter
  • Form W9, signed in the current year
  • Form 990
  • Audited financial statements, if available
  • Letters of support: required if a collaborative funding request is submitted, otherwise optional
  • Current strategic plan, if available

Foundation staff will review each submitted application, requesting clarification or revision, if necessary, from the applicant organization. For each application, project scope and feasibility, measurable impact on the population(s) served and sustainability will be considered. Site visits may be scheduled with applicant organizations in late June as part of the review process.

Funding award notifications will be made in September 2020. To help the Foundation understand the impact of the investment, organizations funded through the RFP will be required to document and report outcomes as detailed in a funding agreement.

Questions can be addressed to Erin Prescott, Program Officer, at (614) 737-4367 or
Organizations with funding awards currently open with the Foundation should contact Erin to discuss eligibility through this RFP.


February 17, 2020
Application form available online

March 25, 2020
RFP briefing in Nelsonville, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

May 15, 2020
Applications due by 12:00 p.m.

June-July, 2020
Foundation review and site visits

September 2020
Anticipated funding award notifications