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Suicide Prevention Community Coalition Awards
2014 Funding Proposal Criteria


Funding range: Up to $4,000 or $4,001 to $8,000

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The Missouri Mental Health Foundation (MMHF), in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Mental Health, is making available grant awards of (a) up to $4,000, and (b) $4,001 - $8,000 to support new community collaborations and coalition building efforts for the development, expansion and long-term sustainability of suicide prevention efforts in local communities in Missouri. Coalitions will be expected to promote awareness that suicide is a public health problem that is preventable and work to develop sustainable local efforts with broad-based community support.

Who can apply?

Organizations that can demonstrate the commitment and capacity to develop a coalition focused on the prevention of suicide are encouraged to apply. Existing community coalitions that wish to expand their scope and incorporate the issue of suicide prevention into their current mission are also invited to apply. A group of individuals or local agency representatives dedicated to working collaboratively may apply together but must identify a lead organization to receive funding.

Applicants should strive to involve a broad range of community partners and key stakeholders in the planning process, including those that are already involved in suicide prevention efforts and those that may provide assistance in such efforts. Applicants are also encouraged to identify potential coalition members that are in a position to incorporate suicide prevention efforts within their workplace, organization, or on a volunteer basis.

Timelines:

  • Proposals will be accepted until funds are exhausted.
  • Awards will be made no later than 30 days from received date.
  • Agencies must incur expenses for all allocation funding and submit their final invoices, along with their final report, by August 15, 2014 (late invoices will not be accepted).

Community Focus and Target Populations:

Applicants must identify a geographical area in which the coalition will focus their efforts (city, county, region, etc.).  New or expanding coalitions should address suicide prevention across the lifespan.  Coalitions are highly encouraged to target a minimum of at least one specific at-risk and/or underserved population, although they may also have a more general, community-wide focus.  (See application for a list of some suggested target populations.)  It is anticipated that multiple community partners within the coalition would interact in crosscutting ways with any targeted populations.

Examples of potential activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cover fees and expenses related to obtaining non-profit status;
  • Stipend to support coordinating efforts (which may be used to compensate the coordinator or others for their time). Volunteer recruitment efforts (including advertising);
  • Establishing a community program to help prevent suicide;
  • Grantsmanship-grant writing seminar fees to further the coalition's efforts to raise funds;
  • Conducting research or creation of reports (i.e. a needs assessment) to support future grant writing efforts;
  • Planning or hosting a new awareness event that could also provide additional long-term funding, such as an annual walk, race, bike-a-thon, etc.;
  • Purchase of suicide prevention materials not otherwise available;
  • Other activities or materials that will support your ability to build or further your coalition's capacity to provide and sustain suicide prevention efforts.

Narrative Scoring:

Narratives will be scored on the inclusion of the following elements:

Need (15 points): Provide a brief description of the need for suicide prevention programs in the targeted geographic area and at-risk population(s), and how you reached that conclusion. Considerations as to a specific at-risk population to target will rise out of the needs in the geographic areas to be served and should be documented in this section. Applicants are encouraged to document any local incidents, needs expressed by the community, or needs assessments. Suicide data for individual counties can be found on the Missouri Information for Community Assessment website (www.health.mo.gov/data/mica/MICA/). National data should NOT be included, but statewide data may be used for comparison to your targeted area.

Purpose and Description (25 points): What is the long-term purpose of your coalition? How will your coalition address your stated needs described above? Briefly explain how the coalition will go about achieving the stated purpose including:

  1. A description of any planned activities, events or steps to create a new coalition, partner with others, or expand an existing coalition's efforts with the selected target population(s) or general population;
  2. An estimate of the number of people who will be reached through your efforts;
  3. A proposed timeline, including an estimated first meeting date and showing that the project can be completed, all funds expended, and a final report written no later than August 15, 2014;
  4. A list of any groups to be represented, if known (for examples, see the "Additional Information" section.)

Organizational Experience and Capacity (10 points): Fully describe the organizational experience of the lead agency (or agencies) in delivering prevention oriented programming and include a description of past collaborative efforts. Identify a coordinator, or co-coordinators, who will lead the coalition, at least initially, and include resume and brief bio for each. Please identify existing resources that could be used to support your coalition and its target population(s).

Sustainability (25 points): How do the proposed activities support the long-term viability of suicide prevention efforts within the community? Provide a brief description of how coalition efforts will be sustained beyond this funding period and continue to serve the targeted areas or populations. Note: Because sustainability is an important component of this project, one-time events cannot be funded unless tied to larger, ongoing suicide prevention projects.

Budget Scoring:

Budgets will be scored on the following:

Budget (25 points): Provide a detailed listing of the proposed expenses to be funded through this award. Be sure to provide justification for each line item, assuring that they are consistent with the purpose and description as stated above. Do not exceed the maximum funding amount of the category you choose (up to $4,000 or $4,001 to $8,000) and do not include any disallowed expenses (medications, food/beverages, or direct services to incarcerated populations). List all non-monetary or in-kind resources that will be brought to this project. A bonus of 5 points will be added if the budget demonstrates additional funding from other sources.

Deliverables:

Final Reports – Award recipients are required to submit a final written report upon the completion of the proposed activities, but no later than August 15, 2014. This report should describe what occurred, outcomes, evaluation feedback, and any impact of the project on the needs identified. The report should also indicate if additional funding has been obtained, the source of such funding, and briefly describe any activities planned for the future.

Creation of Materials – Four complete copies of any materials created as a result of this award (such as posters, flyers, brochures, newsletters, booklets, magnets, videos, advertisements, etc.), MUST be submitted to the Missouri Mental Health Foundation (MMHF) prior to submitting the final invoice.

Contact for Questions?

Please contact Renee Anderson with any questions regarding this initiative.
Phone: 573-526-3879
E-mail: renee.anderson@dmh.mo.gov

Submission of Grant Proposal:

Proposals may be submitted by email or regular U.S. mail, to:

Email:

Patty.Henry@MissouriMHF.org

Mail:

Missouri Mental Health Foundation

1739 E. Elm Street, Suite 103

Jefferson City, MO  65101

Attn:  Patty Henry

Electronic submission is strongly encouraged. 

Additional Information:

Community Coalition Expectations:  All community coalitions (both new and previously existing) should strive to ultimately achieve the following goals before the end of the funding period:

  • Have a mission, purpose and clearly defined goals with action objectives that relate to suicide prevention.
  • Have existing membership lists, which shall include a representative from at least five (5) of the following categories: parents, youth, social services, public health departments, health facilities, schools k-12, colleges and universities in the community, area agencies on aging or older adult organizations, mental health organizations, survivors of suicide loss, law enforcement, faith community, media, local ethnic groups, civic or neighborhood programs, business and civic leaders, elected officials, and concerned citizens.
  • Establish a meeting schedule with documentation of attendance records and meeting minutes. (Copies of the schedule, attendance records and minutes should be shared with MMHF during the funding period.)
  • Hold coalition meetings, at a minimum, on a quarterly basis.

1. Deliverables:

  1. Final Reports – Award recipients are required to submit a final written report upon the completion of the proposed activities, but no later than August 15, 2014. This report should describe what occurred, outcomes, evaluation feedback, and any impact of the project on the needs identified. The report should also indicate if additional funding has been obtained, the source of such funding, and briefly describe any activities planned for the future.
  2. Creation of Materials – Four complete copies of any materials created as a result of this award (such as posters, flyers, brochures, newsletters, booklets, magnets, videos, advertisements, etc.), MUST be submitted to MMHF prior to submitting the final invoice.

2. Reimbursement for Expenses:

Organizations shall be reimbursed only for actual costs which have been incurred in direct relation to the performance of services as specified in their approved proposal and budget. These awards cannot be used to purchase medications, food or beverages; nor provide direct services to incarcerated populations (defined as those persons in jail, prison, detention facilities, or in custody where they are not free to move about in the community).

3. Evaluation Data Collection:

Acceptance of funds indicates your agreement to cooperate with the evaluation efforts of the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH). Evaluation instruments will be provided for any training that may be conducted as part of your funding.

4. Available Resources:

In order to maximize the impact of mini-award projects, it is recommended that applicants be familiar with the following resources:

AAS Factsheets:     www.suicidology.org/resources/facts-statistics-current-research/fact-sheets

Best Practice Registry:     www.sprc.org/bpr

IssueBriefs & State Data:     http://dmh.mo.gov/mentalillness/suicide/data.htm

Lifeline Materials:     www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetInvolved/Materials

MO ALR Online Training:     www.MOAskListenRefer.org/main

QPR Community Planning:     www.qprinstitute.com/community.html

SPRC Online Library:  *     www.sprc.org/library_resources

Understanding and Helping the Suicidal Individual:     www.suicidology.org/c/document_library/et_file?folderld=255&name=DLFE-445.pdf

(includes handout, including warning signs)

*  The SPRC Library and website has a large collection of useful resources and documents on a wide variety of topics, including awareness, safemessaging, partnerships and coalitions.