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Safety Net Fund - Application Now Open

HealthSpark Foundation is accepting applications to the Safety Net Fund now through October 17, 2023. The Safety Net Fund provides up to $30,000 in grant funding for one year for organizations that support a strong safety net system in Montgomery County. 

The Safety Net Initiative was built with community and envisions a resilient and financially sustainable safety net that allows anyone in MontCo to access high quality, coordinated, equitable, and culturally appropriate services no matter who they are, what they need, or where they live. The initiative believes that a strong safety net benefits everyone, and Montgomery County’s safety net will thrive through a shared commitment to nourish and sustain it.

When the Safety Net Framework was launched in 2017, community partners identified six types of opportunities to enhance the safety net system, which were further built upon during the reflection of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant possibilities encompass a wide range of options, including but not limited to:

  • building the safety net system’s capacity to advance racial and social justice;
  • putting an end to chronic underfunding and cutting the red tape of the safety net system by increasing support for and engagement in the safety net system;
  • sustaining technology advances and support equitable access to technology;
  • supporting the emotional well-being of safety net staff and community members;
  • strengthening the operational practices of safety net providers; and
  • building a more vibrant, active, and inclusive community.

Who is eligible to apply? 

  • Organizations that serve Montgomery County residents.
  • Applicants must have a 501(c)(3), or have a fiscal intermediary/sponsorship relationship, or be a religious organization, or part of Montgomery County government.
  • Organizations that are not Montgomery County-based (i.e., statewide or national organizations) should clearly demonstrate their connections and work to Montgomery County, the relationships to organizations in Montgomery County, and the connection to and understanding of Montgomery County residents and their needs. Grants awarded to these regional, statewide, or national groups will be in the form of a restricted grant to benefit Montgomery County.
     

If you’re considering applying, please reach out to Akshara Vivekananthan, Program Officer at avivekananthan@healthspark.org.

Please see below for links to the full RFP, a preview of our application questions, and our grant portal.

To view our recorded info session, please click the link below.