Frequently Asked Questions about Requests for Proposals
Many of Interact for Health RFP applicants ask similar questions. We have compiled this list of common questions and their answers below.
You may also want to review the frequently asked questions about our application guidelines. If you have further questions, contact the Program Officer for the RFP in which you are interested.
- How do I get the required forms?
- Can I use the Common Grant Application?
- We're a little unusual. How can I figure out if we fit this RFP?
- Where can I get help with my letter of intent or my application?
- Can you critique a draft of my application?
- We don't have anyone who can write a proposal, but we really fit this RFP. What should we do?
- What if I missed the RFP workshop?
- What if I missed the deadline for the letter of intent?
- What if there is an important reason we might miss the application deadline?
- How soon will I learn if my proposal will not be competitive?
- How will I be notified of any changes in the RFP, any new information uncovered, or the answers to questions that are asked by other grantseekers?
- How soon must I start my project after the grant has been awarded?
- When does the grant period begin?
- How will I know if I received a grant?
- What if our agency is governmental and does not have a 501 (c) (3)?
- Who should attend the site visit when the proposal is under review?
You can ask the Program Officer issuing the RFP for any forms you need. Also, the forms will be available at the RFP Workshop for the RFP you are interested in.
Because there is an application tailored specifically for the RFP, the Common Grant Application should not be used to respond to an RFP.
The Program Officer issuing the RFP can determine whethere an RFP is suitable for your organization.
The Program Officer issuing the RFP can advise you and provide answers that you need. You should also attend the Letter of Intent or Application Workshop for hte RFP.
Program Officers are available for critique or consultation as long as it is done well before the deadline. Because this kind of help depends on the Program Officer's availability, arrange it well in advance of any deadlines.
First, ask a member of your Board or another volunteer if they can help. Of course, you can also call the Program Officer for the RFP, and he or she can lead you to more options and possibilites.
The Program Officer for that RFP will let you know the necessary steps to take in the case you miss the workshop.
Call the Program Officer for the RFP. If the response is competitive, the deadline will probably not change in the interest of fairness. However, if the response was weak and we have more money planned than good projects, we may selectively waive the letter of intent deadline for competitive proposals. A good way to keep up-to-date on RFP news and other important information is to subscribe to Greater Cincinnati Health Watch, our weekly e-mail newsletter.
Application deadlines are not waived or extended except in advance by the Program Officer for unavoidable reasons, such as natural disasters, death of the proposal writer, etc.
We will tell you as soon as it becomes clear to us. We hope to screen out the projects that will not be competitive through the letter of intent.
The Program Officer for the RFP will keep you informed, so make sure you include your phone number and/or e-mail address with your letter of intent or application. We will send any significant material and updates to all grantseekers we know are interested in the RFP.
Generally, we expect grantees to begin their projects within 60 days of the signed grant agreement.
The grant period begins on the date that the first check is issued for the grant.
The Program Officer for the RFP will contact you regarding declinations and awards.
Some documentation of tax-exempt status under IRS sections 115 or 170 will be required. Please contact our Grants Manager for more information.
Anyone central to the project should be included. The meeting may include the agency executive, the grant writer, the project director, key agency staff, board members, community supporters, others who are collaborating on the project.
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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
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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
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Nearly all support having a nurse in each school building.
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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.
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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
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Half of Ohio adults say they favor needle exchange programs
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6 in 10 Ohio adults favor raising minimum age to buy tobacco to 21
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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.
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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.