The Greater Springfield Community Health Equity Partnership is Seeking to Fund Proposals that Address Stigma as a Barrier to Access and a Harm to Mental Health
The Greater Springfield Community Health Equity Partnership (CHEP), which is coordinated by SEVCA, will be funding proposals seeking to reduce health disparities in the Springfield District of the Vermont Department of Health, as identified in its health equity challenge statement:
Stigma is a major barrier to health and wellness for residents in our community. Both actual and perceived stigma prevent many community members, including those with substance use disorder (SUD) and those experiencing mental health challenges, from accessing necessary physical and mental health care, social services, community support, housing, transport, employment, and social opportunities. Stigma is also harming many residents’ already strained mental health by negatively impacting their sense of belonging, connection, and hope, leading to feelings of isolation. These experiences and outcomes are particularly acute for our most marginalized and underserved community members.
Available Funds & Timeframe
We seek applications for projects that can be completed in the 6-month time frame of this grant period (November - May) and that address the root causes of the health disparities mentioned above. We have a total of $150,000 in one-time funding and will issue awards ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.
Request for Proposals Published – Friday, October 14, 2022
Applications Due – November 4, 2022 at 5 pm EST
Applicants Notified of Decisions – November 18, 2022
What are we doing to ensure the grantmaking process is equitable and accessible?
- Upfront payment installments to grantees - While the grant program is based on a reimbursement model, meaning that SEVCA won’t be provided funds until after they are spent, we are providing payments upfront to be inclusive of more applicants and projects.
- Simple eligibility requirements – Anyone with a plan to address the root causes of our challenge and a tax ID can apply. This includes: individuals, community groups, nonprofits, businesses, and more.
- Short and simple application & reporting – We’re looking for short, clear responses that illustrate your work. Project impact is more important to us than proposal polish or grammar.
- Multiple options & formats for applying - Applications may be submitted as a written document, through an online form, as a PowerPoint or video, or through other methods.
- Application information in multiple formats - More detailed information is available in written form here. We also held a virtual information and Q&A session on Thursday, October 27th from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Slides from the session are available here and a video recording of the session is available here.
- Opportunities for application support - If you would like to meet one-on-one to ask questions or for support applying, please schedule a phone call or virtual meeting here.
- Community member application reviewers – Our Steering Committee, made up of community members from towns in the district, will be reviewing applications and deciding which proposals to fund.
Want more info? Request for Proposals Packet available here.
Ready to apply? Application here. See above link for other application options.
Want to help spread the word? Flyer available here.
Last Updated: October 27, 2022
Please note: We may find it necessary or helpful to make additions, adjustments, or corrections to the information provided. The latest version of the Request for Proposals Packet will be available on this page and we will update the date above should this occur.
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Sign Up Today- Computer and Workplace Skills Program Starts in September
SEVCA and VAL Offer a Free Workshop Series
SEVCA (Southeastern Vermont Community Action) in collaboration with VAL (Vermont Adult Learning) is providing a series of six free basic Computer and Workplace Skills workshops. This workshop series will provide participants with training, support and resources to gain foundational knowledge using a computer and improve workplace skills. Classes start September 21st, 2022, with additional dates: 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19 and 10/26. Enrollment is limited to 10.
Computer and Workplace Skills Workshops, Descriptions and Schedule:
1. The Laptop: Wednesday, Sept 21 9:30am – 11:30am
Basic knowledge of laptop care can extend the life of a laptop by years and supports efficient laptop performance. Students will learn about basic computer care plus become familiar with the physical components of the laptop, including ports and connections, keypad, specialty keys, TouchPad, battery, power charger, webcam, speakers, indicator lights and more.
2. The Desktop: Wednesday, Sept 28 9:30am – 11:30am
Students will learn the parts of the desktop and how to personalize it, how to find and open applications, use the TouchPad and optional mouse, understand the parts of a window, open and manage multiple windows, find, save and search for files, create folders and organize files. We will review maintaining Windows via system updates, manage disk space, troubleshooting techniques, and backups.
3. The Internet- Connecting, Searching and Safety: Wednesday, Oct 5 9:30am – 11:30am
This class will address the steps involved to connect a laptop to a network and navigate through the internet. Students will search the internet for information, save and organize websites for easy access (“bookmark” and “favorites”). We will also cover what to look for in a safe website, signs of a possible fraudulent site, review web browser options. This class also addresses workplace policies for internet usage.
4. Email skills using Gmail: Wednesday, Oct 12 9:30am – 11:30am
Students will learn the parts of an email, how to create, search, send and reply to an email. Topics include formatting options in text (fonts, size, colors), attaching documents and photos, website links, and email customization options, recognize and deal with unwanted email (spam), plus email usage in the workplace.
5. Introduction to Microsoft Word: Wednesday, Oct 19 9:30am – 11:30am
This class will focus on basic Microsoft Office Word skills. Students will create, edit, save and print Word documents, set up fonts and text formatting options (bold, underline, bullets, indents, margins, etc.), insert graphic objects and photos from the desktop and internet, use spelling and grammar tools.
6. Introduction to spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel: Wednesday, Oct 26 9:30am-12:00pm
Excel is a spreadsheet program that is easy to use and allows you to store, manipulate, analyze, and visualize data. In this beginner's Excel class, students will learn how to create and update a basic spreadsheet, enter and format data, calculate totals through formulas, create simple reports and charts.
SEVCA Offers Free Online Money Management Class in October
Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) is providing a series of 4 Financial Fitness workshops to provide training, support, and resources to help participants gain control and manage their money. Workshop topics include: creating a personal, workable budget; reducing debt; setting personal goals; modify spending; basics of banking; plus credit building.
Workshops are free to Vermont residents. SEVCA will provide a gift card cash incentive to those Vermont residents affected by Covid who attend Workshops 1,2, and 3. Courses will be offered on Zoom, an online platform. Additional counseling is available to attendees.
Zoom Workshop dates and time for October 2022:
Workshop 1: Thursday, October 6: 6pm-7pm
Workshop 2: Thursday, October 13: 6pm-7pm
Workshop 3: Thursday, October 20: 6pm-7pm
Workshop 4: Thursday, October 27: 6pm-7pm
Workshop 1: Take Control of Your Money – Create a Budget
Date: October 6: 6pm - 7pm
Understanding and tracking the details of your financial situation is the start to making better money decisions and building a more secure future. When life situations change, and it often does (job loss, illness, birth of a child, new job, divorce, etc.) it’s time to review how to manage your money. This workshop will help you take control of your money by taking the first step by...creating a budget. We’ll learn what a budget is, why use it, and create and review a budget step by step.
Workshop 2: Manage Your Expenses - Set Your Goals
Date: October 13: 6pm - 7pm
After creating a budget, the next step is to review the expenses then identify goals. Goal examples are: paying off debts, saving for a car, or building an emergency fund. Creating a plan and taking control of income and expenses helps achieve goals. We’ll look at ways to lower expenses, increase income, what to do with bills you can’t pay and using strategies to achieve goals.
Workshop 3: Credit – Tame the Credit Beast
Date: October 20: 6pm - 7pm
Let’s face it, using credit to make purchases make life more convenient. But when credit (loans and credit cards) are overused, they become a trap and one of the biggest barriers in reaching financial goals. This workshop reviews credit: The do’s and don’ts of credit, how to avoid credit traps and ways to get out of credit card debt. We will learn about “Your FICO Credit Score”, how it affects your lifetime of interest rates, how interest impacts monthly payments, and how to improve a credit score.
Workshop 4: Banks and Credit Unions – Protect and Grow Your Money
Date: October 27: 6pm - 7pm
Where money is kept, whether it’s in a bank, credit union or under the mattress, does affect finances. This workshop explains the differences between banks and credit unions plus describes the accounts, benefits, and services (and fees) they offer. We will look at checking accounts, debit cards, savings accounts, loans and interest rates, plus strategies to grow and protect money. We’ll look at “Instant Cash” payday loans, how to protect your information and Identity theft.
This workshop is open to all, and a required program for those participating in our Individual Development Account (IDA) program. This course provides essential information about managing everyday finances as well as long-term expenses. Planning, budgeting, and building credit are crucial for financial independence. Topics include: Saving; Spending; Credit Retirement; Investing/Insurance; Real Estate; Protecting your family and yourself; Paying for college; Future goal setting
Duration: 4 weeks; 1 day / week; 1 hours / day
Cost: Free Restrictions: None