Grant Review Process

All applicants are subject to a review process, which includes submitting a proposal, interviews with staff, a site visit and approval by the Board of Trust.

After the Trust receives a proposal, the staff conducts a review based upon the Trust’s mission, funding objectives, and grant guidelines. The staff make recommendations to the Program Committee who then make recommendations to the full Board.

At this time, the full Board of Trust meets quarterly and considers grants during these meetings. The entire process from preliminary application to full board approval usually takes two and a half to three months depending on the date of the full Board meeting. Applicants will be notified of the Board’s decision by e-mail and in writing shortly after receiving final approval.

If a grant award is authorized, the grantee is asked to sign a Grant Award Agreement (contract) that stipulates the purpose and conditions of the grant. Funds are disbursed to grantees on a timely basis.

Selection Criteria

The Trust uses the following questions to guide the evaluation of Transom Grant proposals:

  1. Is this program designed to benefit the health of individuals through near term direct services or through longer term structural enhancement efforts ?
  2. Do the values and mission of this project coincide with the mission and values of BHT to promote compassionate, holistic care?
  3. Does this program focus on health needs of underprivileged population(s)?
  4. Does this program address an existing deficiency within the community?
  5. How significant are the likely benefits of the program to community relative to the total cost?
  6. Does the program appear to be sustainable and the organization financially viable if BHT funding were to end?
  7. Does this program have clear, measurable and realistic outcomes that indicate either a positive health change in a target population or outcomes that demonstrate progress towards long term structural improvement?
  8. Are the infrastructure and leadership present for the program to succeed?

The Trust uses the following questions to guide the evaluation of Impacting Education Grant proposals:

  1. Does this institution train health professionals in the Middle Tennessee area?
  2. Do the values and mission of this program coincide with the mission and values of BHT to promote compassionate care, hope, and respect?
  3. Has the applicant targeted the proposed program towards teaching/modeling compassionate care (or similar concept) as a course or an ongoing program?
  4. Is the administration of this institution committed to implementing this educational program?
  5. Does the program have a realistic plan for institutionalization in the organization after BHT funding ends?
  6. Does this educational program have clear, measurable, and realistic outcomes to measure success?
  7. Are the infrastructure and leadership present for the program to succeed?
  8. Is the budget realistic and appropriate to the scope of the proposed program?

The Trust uses the following questions to guide the evaluation of Partnership Grant proposals:

  1. Does this agency employ programs that benefit the health of individuals throughout Middle Tennessee?
  2. Do the values and mission of this agency coincide with the mission and values of BHT to promote compassionate care, hope, and respect?
  3. Has the applicant targeted the proposed program to solving an issue either within the agency or between agencies that if successful would ensure that more vulnerable populations receive compassionate care?
  4. Is the leadership, particularly the CEO/ED, committed to implementing this partnership program?
  5. Does the proposed plan use realistic methods with measurable outcomes and appropriate evaluation techniques?
  6. Are the infrastructure and leadership present for the program to succeed?
  7. Is the budget realistic and appropriate to the scope of the proposed program?

The Trust uses the following questions to guide the evaluation of Operating Grant proposals:

  1. Does this agency benefit the health of individuals through near term direct services or through longer term structural enhancement efforts?
  2. Do the values and mission of this agency coincide with the mission and values of BHT to promote compassionate, holistic healthcare?
  3. Does this agency focus on health needs of underprivileged population(s)?      
  4. Does this agency address existing deficiency (ies) within the community?
  5. Does this agency have clear, measurable, and realistic outputs and health outcomes and does the agency have a reasonable, current strategic plan?
  6. Does this agency work collaboratively within the community to ensure that needed services are delivered in the most effective manner?
  7. Does the agency appear to be sustainable and the organization financially viable if BHT funding were to end?
  8. Are the infrastructure and leadership present for the agency to succeed?      
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