FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2017
Portage Health Foundation releases additional funding and makes a call for proposal[Hancock, MI] As part of the Portage Health Foundation’s (PHF) “Stop the Roar of Hunger” food initiative, PHF is releasing additional funding in support of food initiatives in the four-county community (Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon).
PHF is announcing the last call for their second round of funding for the Food Initiative. All applications for this specific call for proposal are due by 3:30 pm on Wednesday November 22, 2017.
This call for funding proposals will be focused on two separate target demographics with a total funding of $150,000.00 available.
First, PHF is seeking proposals that address children from birth to age twelve (12) years. Lack of proper nutrition can have adverse health effects in individuals of all ages – for example, infants to 3-year-olds who receive too little energy, protein, and nutrients may be at risk for lasting deficits in cognitive, social, and emotional development, while school-aged children who experience severe hunger may be at an increased risk for developing chronic health conditions, psychiatric distress, behavioral problems, and poor self-esteem.
Second, PHF will be seeking proposals that address the needs of young adults, more specifically college-aged young-adults.
“US studies suggested that 21-59% of college students experience some form of food insecurity.” (Consumer studies article). Statistics show that about 30.5% of students have to choose between buying food or education expenses throughout their college careers. (Hungry to Learn)
Proposals that address food insecurity and nutritional needs of these target demographics will be considered for funding. Proposals that integrate food/nutrition with programming components which promote and encourage physical activities, and/or mindfulness will be given preference. PHF also places great emphasis on improving overall community health and food awareness, inclusion, reduction of stigma, and access to healthy foods, and multi-organization collaboration as primary considerations during the preparation of any proposal(s).
Education, access and affordability are key facets of any proposal that will be considered by PHF.
Although not required, Portage Health Foundation strongly encourages all interested applicants to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) prior to submitting a grant application. An LOI helps promote a clear understanding, collaboration, and project outcomes between PHF and grant applicants. Please approach the LOI as an abbreviated grant proposal that PHF can review to determine if a project matches our funding interests and is suitable for formal grant consideration. If an applicant has questions, they are encouraged to contact the PHF offices prior to formal submission of the application or refer the PHF’s FAQ section on their web page.
Proposal submissions must be received and/or post marked no later than 3:30 p.m.ET on Wednesday November 22, 2017. Please visit PHF’s website (www.phfgive.org) to download an LOI and/or RFP application, which contains specific information and criteria for each RFP. Successful applicants will be announced December 15, 2017.
Applications can be mailed to:
Portage Health Foundation
400 Quincy St. – PO Box 299
Hancock, MI 49930
Or submitted via email to: