Initiative 5 – Open Topic

open projects

Seeking great projects that will make a lasting difference.

There is no shame in not knowing; the shame lies in not finding out!
Old Russian Proverb 

Envisioned Goal:Trinity recognizes there are great needs in many areas relating to the health of our region.  For this reason, we are leaving one of our topics “open” for those of you with a passion to serve the health needs of our community in ways that your experience guides.  In responding to this “Open Topic”, remember our mission:

Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee extends the healing ministry of Jesus by improving the physical, emotional and spiritual health of our community.

We seek great partners to enable transformational projects that become a catalyst for good health in our community.  Areas not addressed by our four other topics would be possibilities in this initiative including, but not limited to: elderly care, refugees, illiteracy, care for the disabled, cancer support groups and health information exchange.

Background: Trinity Health Foundation wants to continue to keep our arms and minds open to any ideas that might be valuable to the health of our community.  While we have selected four health initiatives for 2016, we did not want to overlook a great opportunity that did not fit into our selected health initiatives – hence this “open” topic.

We will favor those proposals that are in keeping with our mission and we will only review opportunities that originate and serve our nine-county region (Knox and the contiguous counties of Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, Loudon, Roane, Sevier and Union.)  Priority will also be given to those proposed projects that pursue clear metrics for determining success and that provide a plan for sustainability beyond the Trinity grant.  The Trinity Phase I grant (Small Grants Division up to $5,000 and Large Grants Division up to $15,000 and three months) is intended to provide funds to study programs that are viable in other regions while creating an implementable plan that encourages collaboration and matching funds for implementation.  The Phase II grants (Small Grants Division up to $50,000 and Large Grants Division up to $150,000 and one year) will be selected from the Phase I recipients whose implementation plans are deemed most impactful for the community in a sustainable manner beyond the Trinity funding period.