Affordable Care Act Resources
On October 1, the Health Insurance Marketplace as part of the Affordable Care Act will become active. Below are resources for Community Action Agencies to help their clients with this new program. Please check back periodically as we will update this page as more information comes available.
Options for Non-Navigators
For those agencies that are not designated Navigators, but would still like to offer clients assistance, there are two options:
- Become a Certified Application Counselor Organization – If your organization is a community health center or other health care provider, hospital, a non-federal governmental or non-profit social service agency in a state with a Federally-facilitated Marketplace or a State Partnership Marketplace, and your organization would like to help by training your staff to assist people applying for coverage through the Marketplace, you can apply to be a Certified application counselor (CAC) organization.
- Become a Champion for Coverage – Champions for Coverage encourage uninsured individuals to sign up for insurance and help to ensure all Americans can get the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford. Click here For more for more information.
- Clients can visit the insurance Marketplace for resources, information and enrollment atwww.healthcare.gov
- For resources and information on helping clients apply for insurance, click here or visit Enroll America
- Ohio-specific information can be found from the Ohio Department of Insurance or through the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks
- The Ohio Hospital Association has put out a guide, “Consumer Assistance in Ohio’s Insurance Marketplace” that provide useful, straightforward information
- The Kaiser Family Foundation has created an online subsidy calculator to help determine potential expenses for health insurance through the Marketplace
- If you are interested in the law governing the Affordable Care Act, click here
- New website for determining if Ohioan’s qualify for Medicaid and starting the application process
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Community Needs Assessment Tool
The Community Action Partnership has made available a Comprehensive Community Needs Assessment (CCNA) Online Tool. This tool was developed by the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) at the University of Missouri in cooperation with the Community Action Partnership National Association, the Missouri Association for Community Action, and the New York State Community Action Association.
This tool provides basic data on counties and states through an online data retrieval system and provides you with a downloadable, and editable, Microsoft Word document that can serve as a basis for conducting a more detailed CCNA. Try it now to see how easy it is to create a starting point for your CSBG Community Assessment or Head Start Community Assessment.
This tool is FREE to Community Action Agencies and CSBG Eligible Entities.
MetLife Foundation & CFED “Out of the Classroom” Contest
Could you use a boost to help improve your asset-building program? CFED is seeking proposals from nonprofit organizations for the MetLife Foundation’s “Out of the Classroom: Fresh Ideas for Financial Capability” contest. This contest seeks to identify fresh ideas for moving beyond classroom-based financial education and providing financial advice in practical, actionable ways. Ten organizations will be selected to receive a grant of $10,000 each to refine strategies for making these programs more effective. Additionally, participants will be asked to share information about their approach publicly via webinar, blog or other means as requested by CFED and MetLife Foundation between October 2014 and February 2015. Click here for RFP
2014 1 to 1 Match for Non-Profits from Elevation Web Solutions
For each dollar your non-profit spends on web design, programming, or other media related work, Elevation will match that dollar with a dollar of their own. In 2013 Elevation allocated approximately $600,000 worth of assistance to 150 non-profit organizations. Their clients received the highest quality web design, programming, and other media solutions (some of which they would not have been able to attain without the match).
In 2014 Elevation will match dollar for dollar up to $800,000! Funds will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Contact Elevation today to see what they can do for your organization. If you are a non-profit, have a project, and would like to apply for assistance, click here for more information.
HUD Technical Assistance
Technical assistance (TA) is available to HUD grantees.HUD has Technical Assistance (TA) providers available to help. For more information or to apply through the portal please visit the HUD One CPD website.
Key Bank Foundation Grants
The KeyBank Foundation is the philanthropic division of KeyBank. The funding priorities of the KeyBank Foundation include Financial Education, Workforce Development, and Diversity. KeyBank describes each of its funding priorities in detail on their website. If you believe your organization is a good fit for the KeyBank Foundation, please follow the link below or continue reading to find out more about the grant proposal. To apply for grants through the KeyBank Foundation, please click here. KeyBank asks that Initial grant proposals and inquiries are sent to district offices. Click here for a list of KeyBank’s district offices.
Health Impact Assessment Grant Opportunity
Ohio HIA stakeholders: The Health Impact Project (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts) has just released their Call for Proposals to fund Health Impact Assessment projects. The brief proposal deadline is April 2, 2014. The Health Policy Institute of Ohio is tracking interest in this opportunity among Ohio stakeholders, so please let Amy Bush Stevens (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if your organization is considering applying for this grant.
Tax Time Coalition of Ohio Non-VITA Grants
Free tax preparation sites can apply for operating funds from the Tax Time Coalition of Ohio. Applications will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis. Email Matt Kosanovich at Matt.Kosanovich@uwcentralohio.org for more information. To be eligible, the site must:
• Ohio Benefit Bank or AARP site (not receiving VITA funding).
• Located in Franklin, Delaware, Madison, Union, Fairfield, Licking or Pickaway Counties.
• Prepare a minimum of fifty (50) tax returns during the 2014 tax filing season (January through April).
• Commitment to report grant expenditures by April 30, 2014.
OANO Nonprofit Excellence Awards
Applications are now available for the Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Awards! There are two awards that your organization can apply for.
The Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Award recognizes creativity, execution, achievement, and overall excellence of a specific project or program completed by an Ohio nonprofit.
The Outstanding Ohio Nonprofit Volunteer Award, recognizes a volunteer who goes above and beyond to promote the success of an Ohio nonprofit.
Created by OANO, the awards are open to any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and any volunteer for a nonprofit located in Ohio. There is no fee to apply for the award. You do not have to be an OANO member to apply. Applications are welcome from small, medium and large-sized groups as well as newer or well-established organizations. The awards will be reviewed separately and there is no requirement to apply for both. Applications are due on March 1st, 2016.
Applications are due on March 1st. The award finalists and winners will be recognized at the Ohio Nonprofit Conference luncheon on May 3rd.