OGF members to help state with grant writing
Grantmakers in Health (GIH), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has awarded a $15,000 matching grant to a group of Ohio funders, all of whom are members of Ohio Grantmakers Forum.
The funders will use the grant dollars to offer grant writing support to the Ohio Department of Health as it implements the Affordable Care Act. The George Gund Foundation, The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, Kaiser Permanente, Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation and Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio submitted the proposal (with assistance from OGF) and are providing the match dollars required by the GIH grant.
Karen Hughes, acting director at the Ohio Department of Health, provided a letter of support for the grant request. She pointed out how welcome the funds would be – especially in the face of past and looming budget cuts that resulted in staff reductions – to help the department apply for various federal grants related to the Affordable Care Act.
The GIH grant is yet another example of public-private partnerships where government and private funders collaborate for the betterment of the state. It is also the first accomplishment for a larger, emerging coalition of OGF members, Ohio Funders Coalition Supporting Health Care Reform Implementation. The coalition began to coalesce last summer, when two foundations asked OGF to help convene funders from across the state.
There were two main reasons for bringing people together. First, funders wanted to educate themselves about the new health care reform law, the state’s plans for implementation and how it might impact their work. Second, they wanted to explore how they might work together to help implement the law in Ohio. The creation of this coalition in itself is an unprecedented effort among these health funders, with support from OGF: stay tuned for more about its work.