Q: How will I know about current grant opportunities?

A: Grant Opportunities will be announced on this website and will be sent to everyone on our mailing list. To be added to our mailing list, complete a membership form.

Q: How will I know if I am eligible to apply for a CHNA 15 grant?

A: All eligibility requirements are outlined on individual grant applications. Applicants must be individuals, organizations and communities within the CHNA 15 service area.

Q: What do I do if I have questions about a grant or grant application?

A: All questions should be sent to Randi Epstein, CHNA 15 Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Q: What is a lead agency?

A: The lead is responsible for overseeing the grant, and making sure that the project is moving along with team. The lead is also the primary contact person for the CHNA with respect to questions and reporting. Funding is given to the lead, and then is dispersed according to the proposal. The lead has ultimate responsibility for the grant.

Q: Is there a page limit on grant applications?

A: If there is a page limit it is clearly specified in the individual grant application. For those applications that do not specify a page limit, we encourage thorough but concise responses.

Q: What if I do not submit all of the required components of an application by the deadline?

A: Applications that are submitted after the deadline and/or that are submitted without all required components WILL NOT be accepted. No exceptions.

Q: How are grant applications reviewed?

A: Applications are reviewed using a community review process. Review teams are made up of new and experienced volunteer reviewers from organizations and communities within CHNA 15’s service area. Reviewer training is provided. In addition, CHNA 15 posts scoresheets for each available RFP in advance of the application deadline so that applicants are aware of the criteria with which their application will be reviewed.

Q: Will I be notified whether or not I am awarded a grant?

A: Yes! Once the review has been completed, the recommendations of a review team are brought to the CHNA 15 Steering Committee for final approval. Once approved, applicants will be notified by the CHNA 15 Coordinator whether or not their application has been approved. In addition, comments from the review team will also be provided.

Q: What if I want to make changes to a grant once it has been awarded?

A: If a project is unable to proceed as specified in its application, the lead agency should contact the CHNA 15 Coordinator as soon as possible and submit an addendum for proposed change. The CHNA 15 Steering Committee will review the addendum in a reasonable timeframe. Approval of the proposed change is not an automatic guarantee. Any unused funds will need to be returned to CHNA 15. Completion and other reporting requirements would remain, as specified in the original application.

Q: When will I receive payment?

A: Payment terms are specified in each individual grant applications. For most grants, the first payment of half of the total award will be made when the grant is awarded, and the second payment will be made upon receipt of the mid project report. Payment for Capacity Building Grants will be paid in full when grant is awarded. Payment for Professional Development Scholarships will be paid after the training has been completed and proof of payment is made.

Q: What if I do not spend all of the allocated funds?

A: Unspent funds should be returned to CHNA 15.

Q: Are there reporting requirements?

A: Yes! Reporting requirements are specified in each individual grant application. Report templates will be sent to grantees and posted on the CHNA 15 website.

Q: What is Showcase?

A: Showcase is an annual event that takes place in May. It provides an opportunity for CHNA 15 members to network, gather new ideas, and learn about projects developed during the previous year. Current grantees are required to submit a Showcase report and attend Showcase to share information about their grants. In some cases, Showcase comes before a project is complete. In these cases, an updated report at the completion of that project will be required.