FY12 Community-Based Prevention Grant

Numbered Questions & Answers

Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition

1.  The RFP indicates that it supports the implementation of evidence based prevention strategies. During the SPF-SIG implementation, we were able to implement a parent education program that we had been successfully offering for several years that is evidence based. Would that be allowable with this grant also?

Yes, this is allowable. See page 11 of RFP which states that all grants must implement at least one prevention strategy already underway.  No new strategies will be allowed.

2.  How do we know how much funding to allocate to the Healthy Retailer training when we do not know Staff time and mileage?

All trainings and/or meetings will take place in state so use your best judgment in calculating mileage for a central location.  SPF and ND grantees who wish to attend either the April 28th Healthy Retailers training in White River Junction or May 4th in Colchester may do so with mileage funds from your current grants.

3.  What are the suggested numbers of retailers and what will we be offering them?

We do not have suggested numbers for you. This can be decided by applicants based on your projected capacity (staff, partners, etc). See page 26 for detail about what you will be offering retailers.

Brattleboro District Office

4.  If our community/county does not have a CHAMPPS grant, then can a SPF coalition and a tobacco coalition apply for the $70,000 grant?

No, p.6 states that you are not allow to supplant activities already funded.  Tobacco grantees are funded for a two year cycle ending June 2012 and therefore, can not receive funds from this grant.  Page 5 specifies groups that can be applicants.

5.  If there is no CHAMPPS funding, what collaboration or program initiatives are expected for things like obesity prevention or physical activity/nutrition? Will there be a penalty if the grant is strictly ATOD focused?

The only collaboration initiative expected would be healthy retailers.  There is no penalty for an ATOD only application if you demonstrate regional expansion as stated on page 5.

6.  Can we find out how many folks have put in a letter of intent at the bidders conference? I know some may be collaborating.

Yes. 32 have put in a letter of intent.

7.  The application says that coalitions need to continue programming they are doing, for outcomes. But it also states language that says they can do evidence based programming. If a coalition is currently only doing environmental strategies, can they add other evidence based strategies if the goals and objectives meet the original logic model?

No. See page 11 – the grant is to continue implementing strategies already underway.

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Chittenden East Community Partnership

8. On page 8, number 2 of the application review….It looks like a max of 10 points is given for coordination with other coalitions. If that is true for both the Basic Grant and the Incentive Grant, how are they different in terms of coordination?

Incentive grants need to describe established history of coordination across topic areas or regions.

Basic grants need to describe how they will initiate and establish coordination across topic areas or regions. See 11 for details. 

9. Is coordination inherent in this grant or can a single coalition apply? Do you get more points if you partner with multiple coalitions rather than one other coalition?

Yes, coordination is inherent. See page 5 for a listing of components for both basic and incentive grants.

We are moving toward funding regional or multi topic partnerships; quality of partnerships that will/could effectively address multiple prevention topic areas in a coordinated manner/region. Page 10 describes the types of partnerships we are looking for.

10.  How many grants will be awarded in all? Will they be separated by category? (For example half Basic and half Incentive…)

This is unknown at this time.

11.  If multiple coalitions apply, how do they divide/receive the funds?

This is up to the applicant to decide.

12.  Can you review what you mean by Healthy Retailer Strategy or direct us to where we can get more detailed information about this strategy foralcohol prevention? Do the Sticker Shock campaigns fall into this? Operation Storefront?

See page 26 for a description of the Healthy Retailers Strategy.

Operation Storefront and Sticker Shock are not the Healthy Retailer Strategy required on p. 11 #3 this grant.  Healthy Retailers requires coordination with alcohol, tobacco and obesity coalitions, see page 11, #3.

13.  What is the point of the VDH District Director's signature? I know we do this for all VDH grants but I am unclear as to why.

The offices of local health are a resource to coalitions and communities. Signatures assure coordination and collaboration is happening at the local level which is a requirement of this grant. 

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Connecting Youth (CY)

14.  We are considering a joint application and want to know more about how to budget for this — for management/staffing and budget—can we use grant funds to help pay personnel from two different coalitions? And, if so, would one coalition be the fiscal agent and the other would have to be a sub-contractor? According to our Financial Director, this could be somewhat complicated.

Yes, you can use grant funds to pay for personnel from two different coalitions.

How you do this is up to you. The fiscal agent is responsible complying with all grant requirements including allocation of all funds.

Deerfield Valley Prevention Coalition

15.  What is the incentive for applying for a $70,000 grant that you would share with another entity, be that SPF, CHAMPPS, tobacco, and effectively have fewer resources to realize your specific goals- $35,000 – than if your coalition was successful in acquiring an individual coalition grant for $40,000?

See page 5 describing the basic and incentive level grants and decide what fits best for your coalition or group.

16.  Does ADAP plan or anticipate only funding coalition collaborative efforts in future years?

Specifics are not available at this time however; VDH’s intention is to move in this direction.

17.  Is it possible that a coalition is allowed and encouraged to apply for 2 or more grants – one for the coalition’s sole community’s goals and one or two other grants under the incentive grant criteria? For example, can DVCP apply for a $40,000 grant for Deerfield Valley Coalition work and a collaborative grant request for $30,000, shared with Greater Falls Coalition? And another with Bennington’s?

Coalitions are discouraged from submitting multiple applications.

18.  If so, would DVCP be at more risk of losing its individual grant request because of its multiple requests?

Multiple requests are discouraged.

19.  Is Prevention Works! a highly collaborative effort of a few coalition leaders intent on increasing the advocacy capacity of all Vermont's coalitions, eligible for applying for a Community Based Prevention Grant?

No.  The community-based Prevention Grant is intended to support only the program and coordination activities identified on page 5 of the application.

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Essex CHIPS

20.  As a coalition that is currently implementing prevention work under both an ADAP New Directions grant and a CHAMPPS grant, whether we are eligible to apply for the Incentive Grant?

Yes. See page 5 and 11 for incentive grant requirements.


Franklin County Caring Communities

21.  Is it possible for two or more distinct coalitions from the same broad geographic area to apply separately, but use the same fiscal agent?

Yes.

22. When identifying Drug and Alcohol priorities, are we limited to the original choices we identified for SPF? Can we add (or subtract) a priority area? For example, if our original SPF grant focused on alcohol, can we add marijuana? Or, can we reduce our focus to just one area for purposes of this grant?

Yes, limited to original choices identified.
No, can not add a priority area.
Yes you can reduce your focus to one area.
No, you can not add marijuana if not previously identified.

Gifford Medical Center

23.  Please elucidate on and clarify the statement on page 11 of the RFP: "partnerships with tobacco coalitions are for planning only."

Tobacco coalitions can be pulled in to build regional prevention capacity (p. 10 #1)

Funding can not be used to implement tobacco strategies other than for implementing the Healthy Retailers strategy.

24.  Evaluation: Is the term “impact measures” on p.12 (6. Evaluation) of the RFP the same as “evaluating whether you have achieved your outcome objective(s) in 1. On Attachment 7 –Evaluation Awareness? Are Coalitions expected to hire an evaluator to do this? Can a staff member be designated to do this evaluation?

Yes, they are the same.
You are not expected to hire an evaluator.
A staff member can be designated to do the evaluation.

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Hardwick Area Community Coalition

25.  On the conditional approval, if changes are made and the grant panel doesn’t approve of the answer will they then deny the application?

With conditional approval, the State reserves the right to negotiate any conditions deemed necessary to fulfill the requirements of the grant. 

26.  Does obesity and healthy retailhave to be something weneed to incorporate in our coalition?

All applicants must develop partnerships with other prevention groups (or similar topic, larger region, see pgs. 5 and 11 and all applicants must implement the Healthy Retailers Strategy that includes all three prevention topic areas.

27.  Under Basic grant information on page 5 there are 4 activities, do all applicants have to address all 4 activities? If so what does coordination mean for this grant?

Yes, you must do all 4 activities.
See pages 10 and 11 (#2) for elements of coordination.

28.  Does the coalition/partnership that we coordinate with have to also apply for this grant?

No. See IV. Eligibility, page 6.

29.  For the basic grant do we need to write a grant together with another coalition or just partner with them in our work?

It is up to you- follow the guidance on pages 10 and 11, #2 and decide what is best for you.

30.  Who is on the Grant Committee?

The Grant Review Committee will be a mix of Health Department staff and advisors.

31.  What should be in the budget for the 3trainings? Do you know where thetrainingswill take place so we can plan on mileage and if we will need hotels? How many people are required to be at thesetrainings?

This is unknown at this time. At this time we do not anticipate any two day trainings. We intend to offer regional, in state trainings. 

32.  In the narrative for question #2 do we need to address all three topics of obesity, drug & alcohol and tobacco?

Yes, if you have coalitions in your community that address all three, please describe how you will coordinate with them.

33.  For the 10% match it says that it can’t be used as match elsewhere so does that mean if we are applying for DFC we have the match for DFC and then we need an additional 10% for this grant?

See page 5 sections III. Available Funds- match can not be used elsewhere.

34.  In order to apply for the Basic grant (and we are SPF-SIG) do we need to coordinate with a CHAMPPS, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, or Tobacco prevention coalition?

Yes, see page 5 under Basic Grant.

35.  What will the cost be for participating in the 2 Awareness campaigns that will be identified by the VDH-ADAP? (Page 9&10 RFP)

If ADAP implements 1 or 2 Awareness Campaigns, the cost will be staff time only.

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Lamoille Valley Fit and Healthy Council

36.  Are Tobacco Coalitions eligible or not to partner with other prevention coalitions in applying for Incentive Grants?

Tobacco coalitions are not eligible to be applicants, but it is required that the applicant partners with tobacco coalitions if they exist in your area.

37.  If a Coalition is currently funded solely by CHAMPPS funds, is it true that?

Question continues below …

38.  Additional capitol in the amount of 10% of what we’re applying for must come from some place OTHER THAN the CHAMPPS grant we’re currently working under? In essence, we’ll be required to apply for a third grant?

No.

39.  We must devise an entirely new work plan for these new funds and cannot apply this funding to expanding our current work plan that is already being funded by CHAMPPS?

You can apply the funds to continue evidence based strategy started under CHAMPPS (p.11 #4) and also create a work plan around the other elements required (pp 10-11, #s1-3).

Middlebury/Rutland District Office

40.  If there is a county that has 2 SPF SIG & 1 ND but no CHAMPPS, can they still apply for $70K because they are going to combine their SPF and ND groups? That would be expanding their current coverage area to 1 group doing the full county.

Yes.

Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership

41. The Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership is already a combined CHAMPPS, DFC, and SPF-SIG coalition, serving a four-town region for over 10 years – our question is, are we eligible to apply on our own for the incentive grant? I discussed this last week with Lee and she thought that was the case. It is certainly our preference, but we need to be sure before we go any further in developing our proposal for the community-based prevention grant. Could you please answer this question before the bidder’s conference, since it has such important implications for the direction our planning will take?

Yes.

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O.N.E. Wide Open Futures Coalition

42.  On page 5 of the RFA, the description of the Incentive grant specifies that there be a joint application from “two or more existing CHAMPPS and Alcohol and Drug coalitions…” Would an application from one Alcohol and Drug coalition with one CHAMPPS coalition meet these criteria, or is it required to have two or more CHAMPPS and two or more Alcohol and Drug coalitions making a joint application?

One of each meets the criteria.

43.  Is there a required cost for the Healthy Retailers program to be paid by the coalitions to the vendors, or is the Healthy Retailers part of the budget intended for implementation and salaries?

There is nothing to be paid to vendors. The Healthy Retailers Budget is for implementation and staff time (personnel).

44.  Would it be an acceptable program, under this grant, to continue an existing social marketing program in the Alcohol and Drug coalition, and to expand it to issues of obesity prevention and tobacco prevention – using the fidelity grid procedures to develop the messaging, but using existing graphic logos which were developed in focus groups with the target audience for all these campaigns (parents in the local community)?

No.

Rural Partnerships

45.  Rural Partnerships is a coalition that serves the five towns of Northeast Franklin County, VT. The Grand Isle County Clean Team is a coalition that serves the five towns of Grand Isle County, VT. 

Franklin County Caring Communities is a coalition that primarily serves the remaining 10 towns in Franklin County, with some overlap in Northeast Franklin County. Given the breakdown in coverage, would Rural Partnerships and the Grand Isle County Clean Team be able to apply for this grant together, given the geographic gap between us? 

Yes, if you can show you will be able to coordinate.

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Rutland Area Prevention Coalition

46. In order to jointly apply with other organizations, do the organizations have to CURRENTLY be CHAMPPS, New Directions, or SPF SIG grantees?
Yes.  Or can we apply with a former grantee? No.

Southshire Partnership for a Healthy Community

47.  Do the evidence-based strategies need to be environmental strategies?

See page 11, #4, you must implement a prevention strategy already underway.

48.  Is the Healthy Retailers Program required of Basic Grant applicants?

Yes, see page 5.

49.  Are there resources currently available on Healthy Retailers? How much of the grant budget would be needed to successfully run Healthy Retailers?

Resources beyond the description on page 26 are not yet available.

Page 5 states you are eligible to budget up to $10,000 to implement this strategy.

50.  Should the focus of the grant/target population be young adults?

SPF grantees must focus on at least one current priority, see page 27.

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Springfield Prevention Coalition

51.  The question is, there are two level grants, basic and incentive – are applicants allowed to apply for either one or the other or can they apply for both?
If for both do they have to write a separate letter of intent for each?

Multiple requests from the same area or coalition are discouraged.

Together Works

52.  Can you apply for both the basic and the incentive as one prevention coalition?

Multiple requests from the same area or coalition are discouraged.

53.  Can you apply as separate coalitions in the same area separately for one basic and one incentive and work together?

Multiple requests from the same area or coalition are discouraged.

54.  We don’t have a CHAMPS, but we have an UN-funded Fit n Healthy…can we collaborate with them and ask for 70k and coordinate out of one office?

No.

55.  How dowe collaborate with a Tobacco coalition? It states we cannot work on strategies funded elsewhere?

Tobacco coalitions can be pulled in to build regional prevention capacity (p. 10 #1)

Funding can not be used to implement tobacco strategies other than for implementing the Healthy Retailers strategy.

56.  Is here a total of $765K to allocate toall those that are awarded and or is it a total of $400K to Alcohol and drugs alone?

The $400K is designated for applicants who propose alcohol and drug abuse prevention strategies.

57.  If I am applying for the DFC, and have match and in kind on that application can I use the same in kind/match for this application?

See page 5 section III. Available Funds- match can not be used elsewhere.

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Marketing and community Health Improvement/NEVRH

58.  We have an obesity and chronic disease prevention Coalition, but are not a CHAMPPS grant community. We do have an Alcohol and Drug Abuse grant through Together Works.  I am the chair of the obesity and chronic disease prevention Fit and Healthy Coalition, and the Project Manager for our area Blueprint for Health.   Can the Fit and Healthy Coalition eligible to partner on this grant even though we are not CHAMPPS funded?

No.

59.  If so, are we eligible for #4 under the Basic Grant activities: Implementation of evidence-based strategies for obesity prevention or alcohol and drug abuse prevention?

NA.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes

60.  Since current employees funded by SPF-SIG are paid by federal funds, is it permissible for them to work on the preparation if the Community Based grant?

No, it is not permissible for them to write the grant. However, it is permissible and expected that they participate in the planning and development of the grant as this activity can be considered sustainability planning. 

61.  Since the Community Based Grant is a continuation of current projects, can we use products developed with SPF SIG funding towards the 10% matching funds requirement?

No.

62.  For example, if we had a marketing firm develop posters for an underage drinking campaign, could the value of the posters and a portion of the firm’s fees be designated as matching funds? 

No.

Deerfield Valley Community Partnership

63.  If you do not have a Champs grant or a Tobacco grant in your area whatare you expected todo?

See pages 5, 10 and 11 of the RFP for information on coordination. It is up to the applicant to decide whether to apply for a basic or incentive grant.    

We cannot show thatwe will be working towards this collaborationin the Basic grant application because there is no option for that.We work very closely with the other substance abuse coalitions on issues that overlap such as statewide campaigns and parenting issues, but we find that our areas and priorities are very different (Brattleboro'spriority is marijuana,Wilmington's is underage and binge drinking, Bellows Falls readiness is very different then our area)so a county wide grant is not the best option for the Deerfield Valley Region. 

Presently the DVCP does work on tobacco and obesity issues because we are the only prevention organization in the area. We do tobacco work through our OVX group and VKAT groups. We also implement whatever the common theme campaign for the Tobacco Coalitions are doing. We do Operation Storefront every year and host a retailer training. We also collaborate with our local Rotary Club to work on the issue of Obesity, through a program called Families on the Move.

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Health Connections of the Upper Valley

Health Connections has a tobacco coalition and has had a tobacco coalition but it is not a funded tobacco coalition through VDH.  Health Connections can show evidence of its tobacco involvement both at the community level and in the Hartford School District where we are contracted to do the DOE School Tobacco grant and we implement an OVX grant. 

64.  Can Health Connections Tobacco Coalition be considered "the tobacco coalition to be collaborating with" for the purposes of this grant application and next year's grant application?

No.

Health Connections is a CHAMPPS grantee and will be applying for a basic grant.  With regard to Attachment 2:

65.  Just to be clear, would the tasks listed under "Maintaining/Building Community Capacity" refer to the community's readiness for implementing a given strategy? 

The “tasks” identified  in the Capacity building work plan should be those Health Connections deem necessary to maintain and build community capacity during FY 12.

66.  Would you please give some examples of maintaining/building community capacity - thank you. 

The tasks Health Connections identifies will be specific to your community see page 13 for additional guidance on how to complete your capacity building work plan. 

With regard to Attachment 3:

67.  We list one of our current CDC strategies we are working on under "Name of Continuation Strategy", and under "priority"? 

Name of Continuation Strategy is the Project Name and Priority will be one of the Recommended Obesity Strategies from pages 29-31.

68.  What do we list as our "risk factor"?  The nutrition or physical activity risk factor you intend to address.

69.  Under the Activities column, we are to include our timeline for completing that activity, do we list the anticipated start and completion date again under the "target date"?

The “target” date is the date you expect to begin this work and the completion date is to be filled in once the activity is complete.

With regard to Attachment 4:

Health Connections will be building capacity by expanding its CHAMPPS service area  - that time will be put under the CHAMPPS column. 

70.  The time that is spent forming partnerships with one or two alcohol and drug coalitions, is that also put under the CHAMPPS column too? 

Yes, if you apply for a Basic grant to continue a CHAMPPS strategy already underway then the capacity building will come from the CHAMPPS budget.  If you apply for an Incentive grant with two or more existing CHAMPPS and Alcohol and Drug Coalitions to implement BOTH alcohol and obesity prevention strategies then the capacity building can be budgeted from both CHAMPPS and ADAP funding.

71. Attachment 8 Questions - Are the potential collaborative coalitions listed as partners for the purposes of the FY12 Transition grant? 

Page 15 of the RFP specifies how to complete Attachment 8:  Joint Letter of Commitment.

72.  In other words, if a CHAMPPS grantee will be meeting with a Drug and Alcohol Coalition to potentially form a partnership, then is the Drug and Alcohol Coalition listed as a partner on Attachment 8 of the CHAMPPS grantees' application? 

Page 15 of the RFP specifies how to complete Attachment 8:  Joint Letter of Commitment.

73. If a coalition is expanding its service area is it necessary to include potential coalition members from the expanded area as partners on Attachment 8? 

Page 15 of the RFP specifies how to complete Attachment 8:  Joint Letter of Commitment Review page 25, Attachment 8 to see it requires identification of the Partner Organization and Contact Person. 

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Milton Community Youth Coalition

We have a New Directions and a tobacco grant in our community and we previously had a CHAMPPS grant in our community. We'd like to do a basic grant focused on ATOD, and while we will be collaborating with the tobacco coalition already, we'd like to use the previous structures that were worked on during the previously funded CHAMPPS work and shore up those relationships as a portion of our capacity building work.

74.  Can we do this?

See pages 10-11 for the requirements to apply for a Basic Grant and describe in your application the components listed on pages 10-11.

O.N.E. Wide Open Futures Coalition

75.  Does our applicant name need to be a 5O1 C3, which would be the fiscal agent?

Yes, page 6 specifies the eligibility requirements and defines the applicant as an entity that must have a federal tax ID number or identify a fiscal agent with a federal tax ID number.  Please note the fiscal agent is responsible for complying with all the grant requirements.

76.  If not can it be the name of the melding of the SPF and CHAMPPS coalition or does it need to be a the name of the current SPF or CHAMPPS coalition?  

Page 6 specifies the eligibility requirements and defines the applicant as an entity that must have a federal tax ID number or identify a fiscal agent with a federal tax ID number.  Please note the fiscal agent is responsible for complying with all the grant requirement.  If you change your Coalition name or your fiscal agent please state these changes and identify yourself as “formerly known as …”.

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Ottauquechee Community Partnership

After the phone call on Friday, it seemed clear to me that, because our coalition has been working for 3 years on New Directions, CHAMPPS, Tobacco and – more recently - Healthy Retail projects that we’d be eligible for the incentive grants. But then I read on page 5 of the RFP:  Submit a joint application from two or more existing CHAMPPS and Alcohol and Drug coalitions to implement BOTH alcohol and drug abuse and obesity prevention strategies.

CP would not submit a joint application, because OCP is managing these different projects. We have different workgroups working on projects, but there are places where even they overlap. For example:

  1. The Coordinated School Health Team that I co-chair works on obesity prevention (CHAMPPS), LifeSkills (New Directions) and smoke free zones (Tobacco).
  2. Our Healthy Retail Initiative is on our CHAMPPS workplan, but also on our tobacco workplan.
  3. The CHANGE tool we are using in the community as an assessment tool addresses Nutrition, Physical Activity and Tobacco.

The wording on page 5 of the RFP says “two or more existing CHAMPPS coalitions” – but this does not seem to jive with what was said on Friday, which was to coordinate CHAMPPS/ND/Tobacco.

77.  Are we eligible to apply for the incentive grant? 

Questions #20 and #41 answer this question.  If you are currently a single Coalition that holds multiple VDH funded grants (CHAMPPS and New Directions or SPF SIG) you are eligible to apply as a single Coalition for an Incentive Grant.  See pages 10-11 for Incentive Grant Requirements. 

I have a question about supplanting, and how it is defined for the community-based prevention grant. On page 6, it says that grant funds may not be used for supplanting funds for activities already supported by CHAMPPS grants. Yet in the call it was made clear that we are to continue evidence-based strategies that we are already working on, not initiate new strategies.

78.  Is the intent of the incentive grants to expand our population reach with the same evidence-based strategies that we are already working on?

See page 5, 10-11 for the intent of the Incentive Grants.

79.  Is that how the new funding would not supplant? 

CHAMPPS grantee funding ends on 10/14/11 and therefore funds from the FY 12 Community-based Prevention Grant can not be used to fund currently funded activities from July 1, 2011 to October 14, 2011.

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Prevention Partnership of Braintree, Brookfield & Randolph

As we discuss partnering within a greater region, Orange County does have a tobacco coalition (at Gifford Medical Center) but does not have any CHAMPPS grantees. I understand the Gifford Tobacco Coalition partners with Quintown Prevention Partnership and Ottauquechee (a CHAMPPS grant) - as Gifford Medical Center services those areas, however, given the geography it would not be feasible for us to partner with them. (As an aside, we are in talks with Quintown as to programming due to their servicing the Bethel area yet we will not be applying for funds together). Given the geography, the lack of CHAMPPS grantees and the need to spread out regionally, should we discuss potential partners with our Prevention Consultant (Sarah Munro) or shouldwe make the decision on our own as to whom we could partner with. (As I lookat the list of CHAMPPS grantees, Green Mountain United Way in Washington County and Health Connections of the Upper Valley in Royalton and Sharon are the closest CHAMPPSgrantees to our location though still geographically difficult to access.)

80.  What would you suggest we do?

It is up to the Coalitions to decide what direction makes the most sense and to justify the decision in the application.

The Prevention Partnership of Braintree, Brookfield and Randolph has made the decision to branch out further than the three locations our name suggests. During coalition meetings and in discussion with other community partners, we are hearing the need for services further into Orange County, such as Chelsea and over to Thetford. Given this, at the end of this grant in June, we will be changing our name to Orange County Prevention.

81.  Does this affect our ability to receive grants in any way? 

No.  If you change your Coalition name or your fiscal agent please state these changes and identify yourself as “formerly known as …”.

Also, the White River Craft Center has stated due to its own needs, they will be looking to change our fiscal agent relationship. We have looked into obtaining our own 501(c)3 status, and though we still may go that route, the process is lengthy and we want to focus our energies on our grant requirements. We have a meeting with Gifford Medical Center to discuss the potential for them becoming our fiscal agent. We also have thoughts of another organization if the plan with Gifford does not meet everyone’s needs.

82.  Will this change in fiscal agent negatively affect our ability to receive this grant?

No.  If you change your Coalition name or your fiscal agent please state these changes and identify yourself as “formerly known as …”. Note that the fiscal agent is responsible for complying with all the grant requirements.

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Rutland Area Prevention Coalition

Rutland Area Prevention Coalition is the current SPF SIG and Tobacco coalition in Rutland County. We have a physical activity coalition whose CHAMPPS funding just ended. We would like to work with that coalition in order to prepare for the regional health initiatives of FY13. Other than that coalition, there are no other CHAMPPS, SPF SIG, or tobacco coalitions in Rutland County to coordinate with for this RFP. We are confused about which type of grant we can and should apply for, and with whom we should coordinate with if our coalition makes up two of the three types of coalitions needed.

For the basic grant, line 2 says that we will coordinate with CHAMPPS, ADAP, and Tobacco prevention coalitions, but as I said above, we represent two of that three.

83So, who should we coordinate with if we are already representing our region in two areas of the basic grant, namely SPF SIG and tobacco?   

The Basic Grant supports planning to build relationships and explore collaborations with CHAMPPS, AOD and Tobacco prevention coalitions/partnerships.   See page 5, 10-11 for a description of Basic and Incentive Grants.

Also, the incentive grant says that we would have to implement BOTH alcohol and drug abuse AND obesity strategies, but if there are no CHAMPPS grantees represented in the application, 84.  How will an ADAP-only applicant implement EXISTING strategies when they are not an existing obesity coalition if they are applying for an incentive grant?

Page 5 lists the criteria for the Incentive Grant as those applicants who can demonstrate established coordination among community coalitions prevention partners and can demonstrate one of the two options including “ … if there is no existing CHAMPPS or Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention coalitions to partner with, a joint application from multiple CHAMPPS or Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention coalitions to expand regional reach.”

Rural Partnerships

Rural Partnerships has a SPF grant, and we work closely with a group that has a CHAMPPS grant. We’re considering applying for an incentive grant with the Grand Isle County Clean Team, which has a SPF grant, but there is no CHAMPPS grant there. If there is a CHAMPSS strategy written into the grant,

85.  Will the Grand Isle County Clean Team be required to implement that strategy as well? 

No. 

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