Good Health Wins
Saving Ourselves Mini-Grant FAQ
Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship Inc. ® joined the Good Health Wins Immunization Network (GHWINs), whose goal of reducing social determinants to health equity, closely aligns with the mission and national initiatives of our beloved organization. Through this collaboration, Swing and countless community leaders will work to increase confidence in vaccines as a health benefit, dispelling myths, and improving access among people of color.
The National Office created the Saving Ourselves (SOS) campaign to move our national health initiative because we understand that any effort to improve health access and frequency will directly save our communities and ultimately ourselves. This year, we are proud to offer region and chapter level mini grants to fund innovative community-based activities around vaccine education and outreach.
The Fall 2023 Saving Ourselves GHWins Mini Grant awards will range from $500 ‐ $1,000. This will be the final grant period for the Fiscal Year 2023.
Applicants must submit a complete application, sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), document mini-grant related service project(s) via the national community outreach log, participate in mandatory GHWins Community of Practice (CoP) events, and complete a final report documenting how the project(s) will impact the community (i.e., # vaccinations, # tests administered, # educational materials
provided, target population demographics, community partnerships, etc.).
Are all SWING regions and chapters eligible?
Yes, all regions and chapters in good standing with the National Office are eligible to apply.
Can we apply for the SOS mini grants more than once?
Yes, Regions/chapters can apply for funding up to two (2) times a year during the GHWins fiscal year (April 2023 – March 2024). Applicants are encouraged to apply for both grant periods.
How are mini-grant funds awarded?
Funds will be awarded to regions and chapters after completing the proposed project(s) and all mandatory grant activities and trainings. The National Treasurer will only issue mini-grant funding to regions and chapters with an active Swing bank account.
What is the time frame to complete a grant project?
All mini grant projects must be completed within the grant period (Nov 2023 – Feb 2024).
What if we don’t spend all the funds or cannot complete the project on time?
Swing wants you to create strong service events, do not be afraid to invest in projects that will benefit the broader community.
The National Office will only fund up to the approved amount evidenced in your project reporting.
All mini-grant projects must be completed during the grant period, no extensions.
Regions/Chapters that do not complete the grant requirements will forfeit any expectation of funding.
Can mini-grant funds be used for recruitment/capacity building?
Mini-grant funds are strictly limited to health equity project(s) dedicated to increasing vaccine awareness and adoption. Promoting our service campaign will naturally create interest in the organization. However, funds cannot be used directly to improve the member base of the applicant region or chapter (i.e., recruiting, fundraising).
Can mini-grant funds be spent on food or incentives?
Yes, however, this should be no more than 20% of the total grant allocation and be health oriented. If you plan to include food or incentives, contact the national SOS Committee to discuss the budget.
What activities cannot be funded by this mini grant?
Mini grant funds cannot be used for general Region or Chapter operating costs; administrative costs; transportation; salaries; individuals; room reservations; capital campaigns including brick and mortar establishments, scholarships, etc.; fundraising events including the purchase of tickets or tables, membership drives, raffles, or auctions; political or religious activities that conflict with IRS 501(c) requirements; books or equipment unrelated to the program or intended for reuse outside the project.
How can you apply?
Important Form Links
Contact our GHWins Project Manager Lori Gittens at firstname.lastname@example.org