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Awarding Criteria

Summit Endowment Funding Criteria

  • The Endowment does not fund the supplanting of existing personnel cost.
  • Grant applicants must be 501(c)-3 tax-exempt organizations. Departments of WellSpan Health are eligible to apply.
  • Residents of WellSpan Summit Health’s service area must be program beneficiaries; funded programs can be county-wide.
  • Proven aspects of prevention and/or early detection must be incorporated into the program initiative. Applicants must demonstrate a strong theory of change in their narrative proposal inclusive of an evidence-based or evidence-informed approach.
  • Specific plans for defining and measuring the outcomes of the program must be included. All applicants must demonstrate competency in developing an appropriate evaluation plan for their program/project. HP2030 Level II applicants must demonstrate competence in designing logic models and outcome measurement plans. HP2030 Level I applicants must create and submit a columnar logic model with their application. If approved, the grantee must work with Endowment personnel in creating an appropriate outcome measurement plan.
  • In funding grant requests, preference will be given to funding new initiatives over the ongoing support of existing programs. The Endowment primarily funds programs that are in a developmental stage and welcomes the opportunity to incubate high-quality proposals from organizations that have a track record of success.
  • Operating costs beyond initial new program startup costs are not funded, in order to assure the program’s sustainability after Endowment grant funding ends.
  • Capital items (those that last two years or longer with a value of $1,000 or more) may be considered for funding if they are an integral part of a new or expanded program effort).

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