Frequently Asked Questions
Many of Interact for Health's potential grantees ask similar questions about Interact and our application process. We have compiled a list of these questions and their answers on this site. Please feel free to scan through this list. You may also want to review frequently asked questions about our Requests for Proposals (RFPs). If you have further questions about the Interact for Health or our grantmaking process, please contact Vanessa James, our Grants Associate.
- When are your deadlines?
- Where can I get an application?
- What can grant funds be used for? What can they not be used for?
- How long will it take my proposal to get through your process?
- Who should I contact about program areas?
- Who should I contact about evaluating my project after it has been funded?
- Who should I contact about health data?
- I want to let people know about my project, but I need some help. Can you help with my communications needs?
- Where does your grant money come from?
- Do you fund multi-year projects?
- Do you fund start-up projects?
- I have a project in mind, but I need some time to plan the project before I begin implementing it. Can Interact for Health help me with the planning?
- Do you fund ongoing operations?
- Do you fund for-profit agencies or groups?
- What if our agency is governmental and does not have a 501 (c) (3)?
- What is your service area?
- I don't think my project fits your requirements. Do you know of any other potential funding sources/resources?
Q: What are your deadlines?
Because we have a vested interest in seeing our projects succeed, we are willing to take the time to help our potential grantees develop the best proposals possible, even if this requires more time to complete them. To this end, we only set deadlines for Request for Proposal (RFP) submissions, and these are set for each individual RFP. For more information on current RFPs, click here.
Q: Where can I get an application?
Interact for Health discourages its potential grantees from completing an application without having talked with a Program Officer about the project first. Your Project Officer will give you an application after he or she has discussed the project with you and Interact for Health staff have determined that the project will likely fit within our guidelines and grantmaking interests and will be competitive with other proposals.
Q: What can grant funds be used for? What can they not be used for?
Typically, grant funds can be used for personnel (salary and benefits), project directors, professional fees, local travel, office equipment, supplies, meeting facilitation costs, and utilities such as telephone or fax. Grant funds are not awarded for space rental, overhead, capital items (unless they are part of a larger project), and support of existing personnel or programs
Q: How long will it take my proposal to get through your process?
Proposals being considered under RFPs are processed according to the schedule outlined in each individual RFP. For more information on RFP deadlines, click here. For other proposals, it generally takes about 6-8 weeks for a project to go from being a letter of inquiry to a completed application. Depending on the amount of the project and the level of approvals required, it may take an additional 4-6 weeks to be approved by Interact for Health. Your Program Officer can give you a more specific timeline for your project
- Reducing Tobacco Use: Jaime Love or Megan Folkerth
- Ending the Opioid Epidemic: Meriden Peters
- School-Based Health Centers and Growing Well: Francie Wolgin
Q: Who should I contact about evaluating my project after it has been funded?
If you have questions about how to evaluate your project to see how effective it has been, please contact your Program Officer or Kelley Adcock, Evaluation and Research Associate.
Q: Who should I contact about health data?
If you have questions about how to find, collect, or use health data, please contact Jennifer Chubinski, our Director, Health Data Improvement Program.
Q: I want to let people know about my project, but I need some help. Can you help with my communications needs?
Certainly. If you need assistance with any communications needs, such as developing materials, finding and working with consultants, and developing a communications plan, please contact Jeff Williams, our Director of Communications, who is available to assist you with a wide range of communications tasks.
Q: Where does your grant money come from?
In 1997, the ChoiceCare Corporation was sold to a for-profit organization for $250 million. The money from this sale became Interact for Health's endowment, and we use the income from that endowment to invest in health-related projects for our community. For more about Interact for Health's history, click here.
Q: Do you fund multi-year projects?
Yes. Interact for Health will fund projects of any length, from 3 months to 3 years and sometimes beyond. We find that healthcare changes very rapidly, and that three years can be a long time.
Q: I have a project in mind, but I need some time to plan the project before I begin implementing it. Can Interact for Health help me with the planning?
Of course. We realize that having a good plan is directly related to a project's success. If you need time to plan how the project you want to implement will be integrated into your agency, let us know. We often invest time, money, and other resources into planning processes.
Q: Do you fund ongoing operations?
Sometimes. While most of our funding is for specific programs and projects, we award some general operating grants. Such awards are usually directed to organizations that work in health policy or advocacy, and to organizations with which we have had long experience. Normally, we do not subsidize care to clients or replacement of lost income.
Q: Do you fund for-profit agencies or groups?
No. Interact for Health funds non-profit organizations, churches, government agencies, churches, and schools. We do not fund projects where the grantee organization is a for-profit agency or group.
Q: What if our agency is governmental and does not have a 501(c)(3)?
Some documentation of tax-exempt status under IRS sections 115 or 170 will be required. Please contact Vanessa James, our Grants Associate, for more information.
Q: What is your service area?
We operate in a 20-county region around Cincinnati that encompasses counties in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. In order to qualify to receive a grant from Interact for Health, the project must serve at least 1 of our 20 counties. To see a map of our service area, click here.
Q: I don't think my project fits your requirements. Do you know of any other potential funding sources/resources?
Depending on the project, we may know of other potential funders who can help you. Please contact Francie Wolgin, our Community Health Development Officer, and she may be able to assist you in finding potential sources of funding.
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Results show shift in perception from substance abuse being seen as moral failure to a chronic illness.
The Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that 7 in 10 Kentucky adults believe that addiction is a disease (70%). Attitudes towards addiction as a disease were the same both among respondents who have a family member or friend who has experienced problems with substance abuse, and among those who did not indicate such firsthand experience with addiction.
Kentucky adults continue to cite heroin use as causing problems for friends, family
The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) and Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) has found that more than 2 in 10 Ohio adults (23%) report knowing someone who has trouble as a result of using heroin, while just under 2 in 10 Kentucky adults (16%) report knowing someone affected by heroin use.
8 in 10 Ohio adults say it’s easy to buy healthy foods in their neighborhood
A majority of Ohio adults (81%) agree that it is easy to buy healthy foods in their neighborhood. However, responses vary by income. Nearly 9 in 10 Ohio adults in households earning more than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (87%) agree. That compares with fewer than 8 in 10 adults in households earning 200% FPG or less.
Half of Ohio young adults have used an e-cigarette
Nearly 3 in 10 Ohio adults (28 percent) reported having ever used an e-cigarette, according to the most recent Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP), sponsored by Interact for Health. This is higher than in 2016 (19 percent) and about the same as in 2015 (24 percent).
Half of homes with children have guns
The most recent Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) found more than 4 in 10 (42%) of Ohio adults report keeping at least one firearm in or around their home. This number has increased from 2013, when 36% reported keeping a firearm.
Number drops to slightly less than half in Northern Kentucky
A majority (56%) of Kentucky adults say childhood obesity is a serious problem in the state, according to the most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll.
Nearly all support having a nurse in each school building.
The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that more than 8 in 10 Kentucky adults (84%) strongly or somewhat favor schools taking a more active role in helping families get health care services for children. Healthy students are able to achieve more academic success than those facing challenges to their health.
More Kentucky adults have favorable opinion about ACA
The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that more Kentucky adults have a favorable opinion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (44%) than a negative opinion (33%). The percent of adults with a favorable opinion has been increasing since the poll first started tracking the ACA in 2010, when it became law. In 2010, 26% had a favorable opinion of the ACA.
One in 4 Kentucky adults concerned about losing their health insurance.
Rate of employer-sponsored health insurance declines; more Northern Kentucky adults lack insurance than in rest of state. The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found one in four (24%) of insured Kentucky adults ages 18 to 64 are concerned about losing health coverage within the next year.
Kentucky adults overwhelmingly favor tobacco-free schools.
The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that nearly 9 in 10 adults (87%) favor schools adopting tobacco-free campus policies in their communities. Support for tobacco-free school policies has been consistently strong -- favored by 85% of Kentucky adults in 2015 and 84% in 2013.
Most Kentucky adults favor raising minimum age to buy tobacco to 21.
The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that nearly 6 in 10 Kentucky adults (58 percent) favor raising the minimum legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. This support has held steady since 2015, the first time KHIP asked this question. Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky sponsored the poll.
Nearly half of young adults in Kentucky have tried an e-cigarette
The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that nearly 3 in 10 Kentucky adults reported ever using e-cigarettes. The rate is higher than national statistics, where just over 2 in 10 adults reported ever using e-cigarettes. The highest reported use was among young adults in Kentucky, where nearly half said they had ever used an e-cigarette.
Most Kentucky adults support a comprehensive statewide smoke-free law
The 2017 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that 71 percent of Kentucky adults support a comprehensive statewide smoke-free law. This remains the highest level of support since the poll began tracking this topic.
Half of Ohio adults say they favor needle exchange programs
Half of Ohio adults (50 percent) said they favor and about 4 in 10 Ohio adults (42 percent) said they oppose needle exchange programs, according to the most recent Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP).
6 in 10 Ohio adults favor raising minimum age to buy tobacco to 21
Six in 10 Ohio adults (58 percent) favor raising the minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 according to the 2017 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP). This is an increase from 2016. A majority of Democrats (67 percent) and Republicans (60 percent) favored increasing the purchase age to 21. OHIP also asked if Ohio adults support a tax increase of 65 cents per pack of cigarettes; half of Ohio adults (53 percent) were in support.
2 in 10 allow smoking in homes.
The 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS), funded by Interact for Health, has found that 23 percent of adults in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area are current smokers. Although the rate has been steadily declining, our region is still higher than the nation, where 18 percent of adults were smokers in 2015.
Greater Cincinnati Health Watch
Greater Cincinnati Health Watch is a free biweekly e-mail newsletter published by Interact for Health. Each issue includes health news stories from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and the nation, with emphasis on topics related to Interact for Health's focus areas of substance use disorders, severe mental illness, school-aged children's healthcare, and community primary care.