Legacy Projects

Overview

Legacy Projects (LPs) are non-renewable start-up grants provided by the Southeastern African American Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (SEA-CEED) in Diabetes. The purpose of this small grant program is to support and empower communities that are currently working on local solutions to eliminate health disparities, specifically related to diabetes prevention and control and associated hypertension, stroke and amputation risk factors in African Americans.

Goals

The long-term goals for the LPs are to help build the capacity within the affected community and support self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to decrease health disparities and improve quality of life for African Americans at risk or with diabetes. Because of the high prevalence of complications of diabetes related to hypertension, stroke and amputations, outcomes should be focused on efforts to reduce at least one of these complications.  

The emphasis for 2011-2012 is on policy and systems changes at the local, state, and regional levels.  Preference will be given to groups with strong linkages between local communities and national groups who have a potential for sustainability and replication in other communities.

LP funding must address the goal to decrease health disparities for African American communities at risk or with diabetes. To receive funding, applications must be consistent with the overall goals of SEA-CEED. Legacy funds will support activities that may consist of, but are not limited to the following:

  • conducting a community needs assessment with an emphasis on identifying needed policy and systems changes to improve diabetes-related disparities;
  • conducting community asset mapping with an emphasis on identifying assets to implement needed policy and systems changes to improve diabetes-related disparities
  • training or skill enhancements to implement needed policy and systems changes to improve diabetes-related disparities and related social determinants of health
  • initiation of relevant community-based or systems level activities for implementing policy and systems changes across multiple organizations
  • production, reporting, and dissemination of evidence or practice-based approaches for implementing policy and systems changes across multiple organizations in a specific area (e.g. ways to improve care for African Americans at risk or with diabetes and can include physical activity and nutrition)
  • development or use of programs, tools, or educational activities to decrease disparities for African Americans at risk or with diabetes with an emphasis on policy and systems changes across multiple organizations or sites.

Applications may be submitted by or sponsored by a public or private nonprofit organization (community-based, faith-based, health care organization, etc.) that has received 501(c) 3 designation by the IRS and is a member in a functioning health focused coalition that has been operating for at least 12 months (in either a formal or informal basis). The functioning coalition must consist of a minimum of two (2) or more organizations, one (1) of which must be a community-based organization that is based in the community where the project will be implemented. A lead organization and coalition may submit only one (1) application for consideration of funding. The lead organization or agency applying for funding must be one of the following entities:

(1) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designated by the Internal Revenue Service; OR

(2) a public or private non-profit organization, recognized by the state, territory, commonwealth in which it is located; OR

(3) a city, township, county government and their entities; OR

(4) a college or university

(5) a national organization with ties to a local community

The proposed projects must be located in the District of Columbia or in a county or counties in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia with 10% or more African American population. The State and County QuickFacts can be found at http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states.

The following entities located in the following geographic areas are INELIGIBLE due to current SEA-CEED or Legacy Projects in these areas:

  • Charleston County, SC
  • Georgetown County, SC

Note: REACH U.S SEA-CEED will not award funding to any lead organization that will receive funding from another REACH U.S. Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Health Disparities (CEED) on the same scope of work for a health priority area.

What types of projects are eligible for funding?

LP funding must be used to focus on African American in the Diabetes health priority area. Communities and organizations with functioning coalitions that consist of, at minimum two (2) or more organizations, one of which must be a community based organizations. Organization may only submit one application for consideration of funding.

Legacy Projects: Members of communities who seek to initiate or expand efforts to eliminate health disparities may apply to a CEED for legacy funds to conduct activities that contribute to their efforts. These activities may consist of, but are not limited to:

  • conducting a community needs assessment
  • community asset mapping
  • training or skills enhancement to implement needed policy and systems changes to improve diabetes-related disparities and related social determinants of health
  • initiation of relevant community-based or systems level activities for implementing policy and systems changes across multiple organizations
  • production, reporting and dissemination of evidence or practice-based approaches for implementing policy and systems changes across multiple organizations is a specific area
  • development of use of programs, tools, or education activities to decrease disparities for African Americans a ris or with diabetes with an emphasis policy and systems changes across multiple organizations or sites

What is the amount of funding available?

At least three (3) proposals will be funded. Budgets should be between $25,000 - $30,000 - (inclusive of F&A cost) the average to be $28,000 for a period of 12 months. 

The estimated amount of total LP funding available is approximately $85,000. The SEA-CEED reserves the right to increase or decrease (including to zero) the total number of grants awarded. Such changes may be necessary in response to the quality of applications received, the amount of funds awarded, or budget availability.

Since the funding for these LPs is through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), funding is contingent on budgetary constraints. Thus, all expenditures must conform to federal and state requirements, and are contingent on CDC approval of subcontract for activities and budget.

Budgets may include salaries and wages, fringe benefits, materials, supplies, services, travel costs, and educational materials for participants.

Budgets may not include equipment, capital expenditures, and charges for patient care/medical care, tuition, and rental costs of off-site facilities, scholarships or fellowships, food, medications, medical screening (such as blood glucose) or incentives/”give-aways” such as tee-shirts, key chains, etc.

Q: What is the purpose of the Legacy Project grants?

A: To support and empower communities that are working on local solutions to eliminate health disparities in diabetes prevention and control and associated hypertension, stroke and amputations risk factors in African Americans.

Q: Who types of organizations are eligible for funding?

A: 501(c) 3 non-profit organizations, public or private non-profit organizations, city, township, county government and their entities, colleges and universities, and a national organizations with ties to a local community.

Q: What geographic areas are eligible to apply?

A: The District of Columbia or a county in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia with at least 10% or more African American population (see 2000 U.S. Census data and 2009 State & County QuickFacts for eligibility).

Q: How many proposals will be selected for funding?

A: Three (3) proposals will be funded.  Budgets should be between $25,000 and $30,000 inclusive of F&A costs.

Q: What items may be included in budgets?

A: Salaries and wages, fringe benefits, materials, supplies, services, travel costs, educational material for participants, contractual costs and consultant fees (cannot exceed $400/day).

Q: What items may NOT be included in budgets?

A: Equipment, capital expenditures, rental costs of off-site facilities, scholarships or fellowships, medicine, medical screening, patient care/medical care, food, incentives/give-aways such as keychains, tee-shirt etc

Q: Can medications and testing strips be purchased with grant funds?

A: No.  Budgets may not include charges for medication and supplies, patient/medical care and costs associated with medical screening.

Q: When is the application deadline?

A: By 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time March 1, 2011.  Applications can be emailed to reachseaceed@musc.edu

Q: How will applications be reviewed?

A: The applications will be scored by a panel using the CAP Scoring Overview found in Appendix G in the FOA.  The scores for each area will be based on how well the criteria is addressed - reviewers will consider if each item is "not addressed", "poorly addressed", "satisfactory addressed", or "very clearly addressed" and score accordingly.  The maximum score is 100 - certain areas are given greater weight than others.

Q: When will applicants be notified of a funding decision?

A: It is anticipated that applicants will be notified by September 15, 2011.

Q: What is the start and end dates of the grant?

A: October 1, 2011 - September 20, 2012

Q: What are the reporting requirements for grantees?

A: Grantees are expected to submit quarterly reports starting January 10, 2012.  Progress reporting is still expected AFTER the grant period has ended.

Q: If I am funded, can a payment advance be requested for future expenses?

A: Yes.  Otherwise invoices will be paid on a cost reimbursement basis.

Q: How often can I submit invoices for reimbursement?

A: Invoices can be submitted at any time (monthly or quarterly).

Q: Can stipends be used for focus group studies?

A: Yes, however you must ensure that they adhere to human studies/IRB regulations.

Q: What types of documentations can be used to document Memorandums of Agreements/Partnerships?

A: Evidence of ongoing partnerships such as publications or letters of support can be attached as an appendix to your application.

Q: Can funds be used to continue an existing project on diabetes prevention and self management, but in a new region?

A: Yes, however, the project must be located in a different county and must meet the minimum qualifications.

Q: What forms of technical assistance (TA) is available to me after I am funded?

A: TA via 1-day orientation in Charleston, SC, feedback on quarterly reports, guidance with dissemination of program outcomes, trainings, literature reviews, site visits (if budget permits), and conference calls.

  • January 21, 2011 - Pre-application teleconference registration deadline                
  • January 28, 2011 - Pre-application TA teleconference    
  • February 20, 2011 - Deadline for Letter of Intent         
  • March 1, 2011 - Application Deadline  
  • September 15, 2011 - Anticipated Award Notification     
  • October 1, 2011 - Anticipated Project Start Date       
  • November 2011 - Implementation and Evaluation Workshop(Charleston, SC)

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Contact Us

Carolyn Jenkins, DrPH, RD, CDE, RN, CS, BC
Principal Investigator/Community Change/Health Systems Change Coordinator
MUSC - College of Nursing
99 Jonathan Lucas Street, 4th Floor, Charleston, SC 29425
Telephone: 843-792-4625
Email: jenkinsc@musc.edu