Why must I complete a Stage I application?
A Stage I application gives the Board of Trustees a good understanding of the proposed project without requiring you to develop a full application. The two-step application process also allows the Board of Trustees to give greater consideration and attention to each application.
Can I apply jointly with another organization or agency?
CHE welcomes such collaborations but one agency or organization must be designated as the lead agency. This agency or organization will serve as the fiscal agent and must be able to commit to a contract for the proposed project.
Can my agency submit more than one application?
Yes. Any agency or organization may submit more than one Stage I application per funding cycle. CHE encourages potential applicants to concentrate on projects that are central to their mission or area of expertise.
The CHE budget form includes a line item for "indirect costs." What expenditures are considered indirect costs?
CHE considers indirect costs to be those associated with administrative overhead including fiscal/accounting services, rent/utilities, and other general, operational support that cannot be easily assigned to a specific project. CHE cautiously considers line item requests for indirect costs.
CHE looks favorably on applications that leverage other human and financial resources. Why?
We encourage applications that include either cash or human resources commitments from other sources. CHE recognizes that not every project will be able to leverage other funds or resources and therefore only requires a financial match for capital construction, renovation, or equipment purchase grants. However, we encourage applicants to consider all avenues, including nontraditional sources, for creating programmatic, policy, and financial partnerships.
Will CHE fund an application for facility improvement or the purchase of equipment?
Yes. CHE will fund facility improvement (new construction or renovation) and equipment purchases. CHE considers any long-lasting physical asset as equipment. Examples of equipment include medical devices, fitness equipment, and educational models/materials. Applicants must articulate that facility improvements or equipment purchases are an important element of providing better services or improving the health of the community.
Is there a required match for CHE funding?
A dollar-for-dollar match is required for projects related to capital construction, facility renovation, and equipment purchase. The match may be cash or donated goods or services contributed by a third party. General operating funds or in-kind contributions by the applicant are not eligible. Donated goods and services that are received prior to the grant period may be counted toward the match if the goods and services are fully dedicated to the project funded by CHE.
Will CHE ever amend, cancel, or suspend a grant award?
The CHE Board of Trustees may amend, cancel, or suspend any grant if there are substantive changes in the original proposal or scope of the project after a grant contract is awarded, minimal or no progress is made toward achieving proposed project goals, significant leadership vacancies occur, or there is a breach of the contract agreement with CHE.
Will I be able to ask the CHE staff questions as I prepare my application?
We strongly encourage you to ask questions as you prepare your application. Our telephone number is 402-436-5516. Note: CHE staff cannot tell you whether your project will be funded.
Once we have submitted our Stage I application, will CHE contact us if they have questions?
Yes. CHE staff may contact you to ask questions or clarify information. Do not assume that you will be funded if we contact you. Conversely, if your agency or organization is not contacted for questioning, do not assume that you will not be funded.