REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
New RFP: bi3 Invites Ideas from Community Organizations to Transform Health
bi3 is seeking proposals from community organizations for planning, implementing and/or scaling new ideas and approaches to improve health and healthcare. Grants will be based on project proposals but could range from $100,000 for planning grants and up to $3 million for multi-year implementation grants. Letters of intent are due November 9 (see below).
We are looking to invest in promising projects and initiatives to spur systems and culture change, drive improved outcomes for patients and the community and create fundamental shifts in health and healthcare. Successful proposals will offer innovative approaches to achieve marked improvement for specific populations. We are prioritizing projects in two areas:
- Behavioral health. Projects that promote mental health and well-being for all including building resilience. bi3 is particularly interested in efforts that raise awareness and mitigate the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma, and that build the capacity of the behavioral healthcare providers to address community needs now and in the future.
- Health innovations. Projects that enable new technologies to improve patient access to care and accelerate innovative approaches, especially for patients receiving Medicaid or who are uninsured. bi3 is particularly interested in improving the health and social outcomes for patients with complex care needs and addressing health disparities for underserved populations.
bi3 will also consider proposals in its other two priority areas:
- Maternal and infant health. Projects that can lead to positive health and social outcomes for mothers and young children including building a strong foundation for children’s healthy development and addressing the social barriers of health.
- Palliative and hospice care. Projects to address the needs of the seriously ill and those with chronic, life-limiting illnesses. We aim to educate and empower patients and their families to make informed treatment decisions.
Types of Grants
bi3 awards three types of grants:
1. Implementation grants are for the initiation of a project that has the potential to transform health; an idea that is fully developed and ready to be executed but requires additional resources to pilot, execute or build to sustainability.
2. Planning Grants may include support for formal research and needs assessments with recommendations, implementation plans, a written business plan, and/or for the refining and strengthening of initial efforts.
3. Expansion grants are designed to bring tested projects to scale. Proposed expansion projects should have established evidence of success and be ready to expand promising practices to new geographies or populations. Projects should have an articulated sustainability plan to ensure adequate resources are in place after the grant funding ends.
Interested TriHealth Team Members
As co-sponsor of TriHealth, Bethesda Inc. and bi3 are committed to supporting innovation within the healthcare system. bi3 is partnering with TriHealth leadership and the Innovation Center to identify potential grant opportunities that align with both TriHealth’s strategic goals and bi3’s funding priorities. TriHealth team members are encouraged to contact bi3 for more information.
Two-Step Application Process
bi3 will follow a two-step application process: Letter of Intent and final submission of a Detailed Proposal. Interested applicants must respond by submitting a letter of intent by 5 p.m., November 9, 2018.