Collaborative Change Initiative
Frequently Asked Questions
This is a list of frequently asked questions related to our 2019 application process for LAUNCH and GROWTH grants. We will continue to update this list of FAQs as we receive questions. If your question is not addressed below, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about Eligibility
What is the difference between a partner institution and a member of the collaboration?
What advice would you give to a collaboration who might be interested in responding to the Request for Information?
We have been getting a lot of questions about whether a collaboration is a better fit for a LAUNCH or a GROWTH grant. Please make sure you have read through all of the eligibility criteria of both grants to make sure you are applying for the appropriate grant.
Are there specific issue areas that the Foundation is most interested in?
Do we need to meet all eligibility requirements?
Our collaboration is led by an organization that is not in San Francisco County or Alameda County. Should we apply?
I am part of a regional collaboration that covers multiple counties including San Francisco or Alameda County. Should we apply?
My collaboration has non-profit and business partners, but no partner from the public sector. Do we qualify?
I am part of a long-standing collaboration that needs ongoing general operating support. Should I apply?
I am part of a collaboration with a great track record. We need funding to expand our programming to a new site. Should we apply?
I am passionate about a pressing issue in my community and would like to pull together a collaboration to respond to this opportunity. Should I apply?
My organization works in collaboration with many partners to implement our programs but not as a large table that meets regularly to discuss collective strategy on an issue. Should we apply?
Can a backbone agency for a citywide collaborative apply even if they are doing primarily backbone functions, with the partner organizations leading direct support services?
In the education realm, is a district a single partner or can different schools or administrative units within the district be counted towards the 5 partners?
I am a current/past Hellman Foundation grantee. Will that help or hurt my chances?
Can you provide an example of a "one sentence measurable goal for a collaboration" as requested in the RFI?
Where possible, these goals should be measurable, include a proposed time frame, and give a sense of the work that will lead to this goal. Here are a few examples:
For GROWTH grants, could this include scaling an existing solution and also expanding with additional activities that might be new to the collaborative?
Are we allowed to subcontract the grant to the organizational members of the collaborative? Does the funding for a GROWTH grant need to be split evenly over 5 years?
What are common reasons why applicants do NOT get selected for an award?
Can faith-based organizations be considered as part of the applying collaboration?
Can a partner institution be part of multiple applications?
Questions About Grant Structure & Application
Where on Hellman website is the portal link?
On the online portal, is there a word or character count for each of the sections of the application?
If we proceed to the next round of the application process, what will that entail?
If we receive this grant, will participation in capacity building activities be optional?
Our collaboration is unique and our current needs do not fit within the categories in your “Use of Funds” section. Is that a problem?
I’m not ready to apply this year. Will you be offering the Collaborative Change Initiative awards again?