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Frequently Asked Questions - 2019 Inclusive Health Innovation Grants

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This document serves as a companion to the Inclusive Health Innovation Grants1 RFA. If you have additional questions, please contact inclusivehealth@specialolympics.org .

1. Can organizations outside the U.S. apply for grants?

  • At this time, only U.S.-based organizations are eligible.

2. Can local chapters of national organizations apply for grants?

  • Local chapters may apply; however preference will be given to organizations with national-level influence. National organizations are encouraged to consider how local chapters might be integrated into their proposals, e.g. creating models for replication or development of best practices.

3. Are organizations which already work with Special Olympics eligible to apply?

  • Yes; this includes organizations who have previously received an inclusive health grant.

4. Did I have to attend the 2018 Inclusive Health Summit in order to apply?

  • No; this RFA is open to all mainstream organizations in the broader public health system, which includes anything and anyone that has an impact on people’s health.

5. What do you mean by ‘mainstream’ organization?

  • These are organizations in the public health sphere whose primary mission is not focused on people with disabilities. Examples of mainstream organizations include: YMCA, JCC Association, American Public Health Association (APHA), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Please contact us if you have any questions about your eligibility.

6. Can Special Olympics Programs apply?

  • These grants are intended for mainstream organizations, thus Special Olympics Programs are not eligible to apply for these grants. We do encourage mainstream organizations to think about partnering with SO Programs where appropriate.

7. When will we find out if our application is funded?

  • In most cases we expect to notify applicants of our decision in late December 2018. We plan to make notifications by early January 2019.

8. How will our proposal be evaluated?

  • Each proposal will be evaluated on its own merits by a Special Olympics technical evaluation committee. To ensure your proposal is accurately evaluated, be sure to carefully read the entire RFA and submit your application using the template provided. The program description is the most important part of the application. The strongest applications will be those that:

i. have a well-developed concept to expand on existing or develop new meaningful inclusion efforts to include people with ID in existing health programs and services;

ii. clearly articulate project objectives, outcomes, and deliverables;

iii. develop models, case studies, or other resources to be shared with other organizations, including through the Center for Inclusive Health website.

9. Is funding for these grants guaranteed?

  • Funding is contingent upon availability of funds. These grants are made possible with the support of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We anticipate funding up to 10 proposals. This number is subject to change depending on the proposals submitted.

10. Will the resources/work developed under our grant be featured on the Center for Inclusive Health website?

  • Yes. One of the key goals of this grant is to develop resources and models of inclusive practices that other organizations can replicate. This information would live on the Center for Inclusive Health, which is envisioned as one-stop-shop for all resources related to inclusive health. Visit the website to familiarize yourself with the content: inclusivehealthcenter.org


1 Special Olympics Health is supported by cooperative agreement # NU27DD001156 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are the responsibility of Special Olympics and do not necessarily represent the views of CDC. Alternative formats are available on request.

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