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Fit for Kansas Kids: Calling Communities to Action
2010 Request for Proposals

The 2010 Fit for Kansas Kids RFP is closed; thank you to all who submitted a proposal.

Quick links:
Grantee Portal Login | News release | Printable RFP

To learn more about the program, read the news release here.

Request for Proposals

The Request for Proposals is available in pdf format via this link.

Webinars for additional information

Several webinars were offered to provide information and answer questions. All scheduled webinars have concluded, but you may view a recording here. The presentation slides from the webinars are available here.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Q: Where can I find resources referred to by Drs. Kaczynski and Procter during the webinar?
A: Links available below:

The Trust for America's Health website contains several resources which may be of interest, including updates on childhood obesity.
"F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010" [added June 30]
"New Report: Kansas Ranks 16th Most Obese State in the Nation" [added June 30]

Resources related to evaluation:
CDC Evaluation Working Group's Framework for Program Evaluation

Q: Do I need authorization to submit an online proposal under this RFP?
A: No, for this RFP, pre-authorization by our program staff is not required.
[added June 30]

Q: Can I save my work in the online application system and work on it over time, or do I need to enter everything at once?
A: The Health Fund's online proposal system is designed for applicants to work on and refine proposals over as many sessions as desired. Saved information will be stored securely in the system and may be edited as often as needed before final submission.
[updated July 1]

Q: How will I know whether the Health Fund has received my submitted online proposal?
A: When you submit your online proposal, you should see a confirmation web page and an automatic confirmation message from the system will be transmitted to the email address listed for the proposal preparer. If you don't receive these confirmations, please contact the Health Fund for assistance as you may not have successfully submitted your proposal.
[added July 1]

Q: Can multiple members of our collaborative work on the online proposal?
A: Yes, with a caveat. You may share the login and password you created for your proposal with others you authorize to participate in drafting your application. Simultaneous logins are possible, with the caveat that coordination of effort is important so that two people don't try to update the same section at the same time. In that event, it would be possible for the last one saving to accidentally overwrite recent work by another.
[added July 1]

Q: The RFP and webinar mentions that grantees will be expected to participate in a learning community of all projects funded through this opportunity. Do I need to include expenses of participation in this community in the proposal budget?
A: No; expenses of attendance at learning community functions and the evaluation consultations are not part of the grant award and will be separately funded by the Health Ministry Fund.
[added July 16]

Q: We have a project in mind, but the age group we want to target extends beyond that listed in the RFP. Is this ok?
A: For this RFP we expect the focus to be on young children, which we define as ages up to 6 but the age range can extend a couple of years beyond that if critical to the project.
[added July 16]

Q: Does a proposed project have to focus solely on young children, or can expectant mothers be included?
A: Targeted beneficiaries under this RFP are young children (prenatal - age 6) and their families.
[added July 16]

Q: What are the characteristics of a collaboration eligible for funding?
A: Please see the below section for eligibility details

Characteristics of eligible collaborations

What are the characteristics of a collaboration eligible for funding under this RFP?

We used the word "collaboration" but are probably thinking more of community coalitions and councils. The current RFP contains basic guidelines on collaboration eligibility, but in response to questions asked during the overview webinars, we're attempting to further clarify the characteristics relevant to this funding opportunity.

An eligible collaboration must:

An eligible collaboration would have many of the characteristics listed below:

Existing coalitions otherwise meeting the requirements above are encouraged to broaden their membership to add diversity and key early childhood stakeholders to improve their ability to undertake work through this RFP.

An eligible collaboration may be a legal entity (corporation, partnership, etc.) but this is not a requirement.

Applying the definition above, would the development of a cooperative project by two or three different agencies in response to this Request for Proposals qualify as a collaboration? No. In the absence of elements of structure, the joint work of a set of agencies is not an eligible collaboration. Even if those agencies have worked together previously (meeting the pre-existence test), there must be a defined collaboration (often called a council or coalition) for grant eligibility. It is entirely possible that in a very small community a pre-existent collaborative meeting this definition might have only a few agencies involved. It is not the size of membership as much as the broader community structures which we are seeking for grantees.
[revised July 6]

The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund was endowed by the Kansas West Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1986.  With the mission of healthy Kansans through cooperative and strategic philanthropy guided by Christian principles, the Health Ministry Fund awards grants totaling $2,500,000 to $3,000,000 each year.