Required Letter of Intent must be received no later than 4:30 PM, EST on Friday August 25, 2017 via email. It should be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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New Hampshire Cancer Plan Implementation Funding Announcement (Download printable copy)

August 11, 2017 

Background: 

The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC), an initiative of the Foundation for Healthy Communities, is a partnership of individuals and organizations committed to reducing the burden of cancer, the leading cause of death in New Hampshire (NH). The 2015-2020 New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan serves as the blueprint to guide activities toward achieving the three overarching goals of the Plan: 

Goal 1: Foster communities and systems that support and reinforce healthy lifestyles.

    • Targeted efforts toward public policy as well as community and organizational systems change
    • Areas of interest:
      • tobacco use and treatment
      • sun safety
      • healthy eating and active living
      • breastfeeding
      • HPV vaccine

Goal 2: Prevent and detect cancer at its earliest stage.

    • Address health equity & improving health systems to navigate patients and improve community-clinical linkages
    • Areas of interest:
      • breast, cervical, colon, and lung cancer screening  with emphasis on populations experiencing disparities

Goal 3: Optimize quality of life for those affected by cancer.

    • Focus on improving access to high quality health services through policy, system and environmental strategies that promote access to comprehensive and cutting-edge treatments & services.
    • Areas of interest:
      • Access to quality diagnostic & treatment services
      • Clinical trials / research
      • Patient navigation
      • Palliative care
      • Survivorship services
      • End of life care

These three goals were developed with the recognition that:

  • There is a link between health status and where people live
  • Communities that support healthy lifestyles will have better health outcomes
  • Efforts that support policy, community and organizational systems interventions, or environmental changes improve population health outcomes.
  • Screening at appropriate intervals can prevent and detect some types of cancer at early stages
  • Screening rate disparities exist in NH
  • Improving the health and well-being of cancer patients, their families and caregivers begins at the time of diagnosis and continues across the natural trajectory of the disease.

Two Task Forces (Equity and Quality of Life) are currently engaged in activities related to objectives in the Cancer Plan. The Task Forces represent themes that cross cut all three goals of the Plan. New Task Forces are expected to form based upon interest from the membership. 

NH CCC originated in 2003 through the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program‘s effort to reduce the burden of cancer using a collaborative approach within communities when partners combine, share, and coordinate resources to reduce the burden of cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides funding to states, territories and tribes to address cancer and is the original source of this funding. Awarding this funding is contingent upon availability of funding to the State of NH in the fiscal year beginning July 1. Additional information about the NH CCC is available at www.NHCancerPlan.org.

Purpose:

The purpose of this funding for 2017-18 is to support evidence-based strategies or promising practices that directly link to objectives identified in the current NH Cancer Plan and will advance the implementation of the Plan. Activities must use a policy, systems, or environmental change (PSE) strategy that offers opportunities to further develop community partnerships and/or advance health equity. Activities must include an evaluation plan. The 2015-2020 NH Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan includes 15 objectives. Note: Objective 6 - HEAL Communities of Need have been updated.

Approved activities must be completed by Friday, May 25, 2018, and all funds awarded must be spent by that date.  Cost extensions will not be granted, and budget revisions must be approved by no later than Monday, April 30, 2018.

Eligible Applicants:

The following are eligible to submit proposals:

  1. Individuals and/or organizations who can cite active or prior participation in the Collaboration.
  2. Individuals and/or organizations who have not previously participated in the Collaboration and apply in partnership with currently active participants (eligible for Award 2 category only).

Funding Awards (Total Available: $20,000-$30,000. We expect to fund 3-6 awards based upon the quality of the applications)

Award 1: Up to $2,500

Available only to current Task Forces. Applications must come from Task Force Co-Leaders, or Task Force members who are designated by the Co-Leaders, to apply on behalf of a Task Force.  The proposed activity must be linked to an objective in the Cancer Plan or be an evidence-based strategy identified in the Task Force work plan.

Award 2: Up to $12,500

Available to All Collaboration Members, New Partners (see criterion 2 below), and Task Forces (if the activity warrants a higher award and meets the Task Force application criteria stated under Award 1).

Up to $12,500 is available for proposals from: 1) individuals and/or organizations that can cite active or prior participation in the work of the Collaboration, and 2) non-participants that apply in partnership with currently active participants who would serve as project leaders.

Creation of new Task Forces is encouraged if the applicant is willing to serve as a Co-Leader of the Task Force. (See role of the Co-Leader at the top of the page under "Other Important Resources").

  • Proposals will be reviewed based on alignment with the strategies and objectives of the current NH Cancer Plan. A non-profit organization must commit to serve as the fiscal agent for the proposal. Funding may only be used to serve the population of NH.
  • Approved applicants will be asked to submit a mid-point progress report, and final narrative and financial reports upon completion of their work, as well as a poster of their accomplishments for use by NH CCC. They may also be asked to write a newsletter article and/or be a presenter at the NH CCC annual meeting.

Timeline: 

August 11, 2017

Request for Proposals issued 

August 25, 2017 

Required Letter of Intent due. Use template posted at top of this page.

Sept. 6, 2017 

Deadline to submit questions (in writing via email only to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please do not ask questions by phone call or verbal request. All questions and answers will be posted below.

September 21, 2017

PDF version of Proposals due via email only by 6:00 pm to: Terry Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

October 11, 2017

Selected applicants will be notified 

April 30, 2018

Deadline for re-budgeting 

May 25, 2018

Projects must be completed and funds spent 

June 29, 2018

Final written and financial report due 


Proposal Outline, Forms, and Review Criteria 

The proposal should include the following components: 

  • Cover Page (see form*) 
  • Proposal Narrative (no more than 5 pages in size 11 font, and at least 1 in. margins) 
  • Work plan that includes an evaluation plan (see form*) 
  • Budget (see form*) Funds may not be used for indirect costs 
  • Budget Narrative: Provide descriptive explanation for each budget item. Include description of other income sources either secured or pending. Budget narratives must clearly justify funds requested based on a proposal of work that engages the Collaboration. 

* These forms will be sent to those who submit the required Letter of Intent using the template provided at the top of this page.

Exclusions/Limitations:

Federal guidelines (the original source of the funding) preclude support for:

  • Funding of ongoing staff positions. However, contract staff positions will be considered for funding. Funding of positions cannot supplant existing funds.
  • Costs associated with food and beverages are allowable when consistent with applicable federal regulations and HHS policies 45 CFR Part 75.432
  • Fundraising
  • Lobbying

Examples of using Policy, Systems and Environmental Change approaches*:

  • Implement electronic health record changes to improve patient outcomes
  • Create a tobacco-free campus, park, worksite
  • Link tobacco cessation services to health care systems treating cancer survivors
  • Institute HPV reminders into EHRs to trigger providers to follow-up on whether the HPV series has been completed  
  • Institute school policies that require healthy food options for all students
  • Implement workplace policies that require healthy foods be served at meetings
  • Design communities that encourage walking and biking
  • Offer healthy vending machine options

*Policy, Systems and Environment definitions and examples:

Proposal Review Criteria 

At least three individuals will review each proposal to ensure that it addresses the purpose of this funding opportunity and evaluate how well it meets the criteria listed below:

  • There is a clear and concise explanation of how the project will advance at least one objective in the 2015-2020 NH Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan or the work of an existing Task Force.
  • There is a well-defined, specific, and feasible work plan that the project will use to achieve its stated objectives.
  • The proposed activities use a PSE approach.
  • Wherever possible, the project activities are supported by data and are drawn from proven and/or evidenced-based strategies.
  • There is evidence of collaboration with other organizations.
  • The proposal aims to improve health equity.
  • The proposal demonstrates the applicant’s ability to successfully implement the project.
  • The timeline is realistic for completing activities by May 25, 2018.
  • The budget is realistic, consistent with project objectives, and organized to reflect contributions by all organizations involved.
  • The proposal offers opportunities to leverage other funds.
  • The proposal demonstrates that the project does not duplicate any other services already available in the community.
  • There is a commitment to share project results (poster, newsletter, presentation).
  • The letter of intent is submitted on time.
  • The applicant lead is a prior or active participant in at least one of the NH CCC’s Task Forces or Committees.
  • The proposal meets page limit, font, and margin criteria.
  • The applicant has a record of successful completion of prior projects.

Funding Status:

The status of proposed projects will fall within one of three categories:

  • Funded

The proposal is funded in full with no budgetary or programmatic modifications recommended by the review team.

  • Funded with Modifications          

The proposal is funded, but with budgetary or programmatic conditions.

  • Unable to Fund                                                       

The proposal will not be funded.

Funding Awards

Funds will be awarded to applicants contingent upon availability of funds at the Foundation for Healthy Communities (FHC). The FHC provides management services for the NH CCC through a contract with the NH Division of Public Health Services.  Selected applicants will be asked to sign a letter of agreement (LOA) with the FHC. Note that funds may be awarded in divided payments. Selected applicants for larger awards will be asked to report progress regularly to the NH Division of Public Health Services. Payments will be made to the identified fiscal agent. Failure to submit the final report by June 29, 2018 could disqualify an applicant from eligibility for future funding opportunities.

Questions and Answers

The Q&A Section will be updated as we receive questions.