The application for the Natrona Collective Health Trust’s Spring Grant Cycle opens on February 22, 2023. In the weeks leading up to this date, NCHT staff have answered questions from area nonprofits regarding our grant programs. Below are these questions and their answers. If you have questions not addressed here, please contact Grants Manager Jeremy Yates at [email protected].
Are the applications for the Advocacy Grant and the General Operating grant opening at the same time? What are the timelines?
Multi-Year General Operating and Advocacy Grants will be available in the following cycles:
- Spring 2023
- Application Open – February 22, 2023
- Application Close – March 15, 2023, at 1:00 PM
- Grant Award Notification – On or before April 5, 2023
- Funds Dispersed – Around April 14, 2023
- Fall 2023
- Application Deadline – September 1, 2023, at 1:00 PM
- Grant Award Notification – On or before September 22, 2023
- Funds Dispersed – Around October 1, 2023
Are fiscally sponsored entities eligible to apply for the advocacy grants?
Yes, if the organization has a 501c (3) status.
Can the Boost Grant be used for programming?
No, the Boost Grant is intended to support improving the internal capacity and infrastructure of nonprofits in Natrona County. Examples include technology enhancement, board development, and strategic planning activities.
My organization does not have an inclusivity statement; where should we look for one?
Organizations are welcome to look at our inclusivity statement and consider adopting similar language. Our statement is found on our website.
Can organizations use funding for programs that support at least 95% of Natrona County residents, with roughly 5% from outside of county?
Generally, funds must be used to benefit Natrona County. But for case-specific questions like these, please reach out to one of our Senior Directors of Programs and Community Engagement, Samantha Smith or Ray Pacheco.
Does NCHT fund grants for … (seniors, individuals with disabilities, etc.)?
To develop the mission and funding priorities of the NCHT, we undertook a significant strategic planning effort to understand the most significant barriers to health for populations in our community, as well as the root causes of those barriers. After data analysis and hearing from community members in interviews and focus groups, we determined that the NCHT’s resources could be most impactful with a focus on the mental health and wellbeing of young people.
Our General Operating Grants, therefore, have a focus on early childhood development, preventing adverse childhood experiences, promoting positive childhood experiences, and providing mental health services. Our Advocacy Grants have a focus on strengthening families, social inclusion of marginalized groups, and civic engagement to strengthen the voices of our community’s residents.
Boost Grants, however, have a separate focus – that of improving the general capacity of Natrona County nonprofits. Applicants do not need to fall within the funding priority areas of the other two grant programs.
If you have a question about whether your organization fits the funding priorities of the NCHT, please contact one of our Senior Directors of Programs and Community Engagement, Samantha Smith or Ray Pacheco.
Can organizations apply for both the Advocacy and General Operating Grants in the same cycle?
No, organizations need to choose which grant program best fits their goals and organization.