The Nathan Cummings Foundation is pleased to join Community Catalyst in announcing the launch of Affordable Care Act Implementation Fund, a pooled fund at Community Catalyst that will provide new support to state-based health advocates to ensure effective and consumer-focused implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
The Fund was created with support from the following foundations: The Atlantic Philanthropies, The California Endowment, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The HJW Foundation, The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, The Ford Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation. The Fund will offer crucial support to state and local advocates during an especially historic moment - when the promise of expanded health care coverage and stronger, healthier communities is within reach if we work together.
The creation of the Fund follows a recent report, "Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Strategies for Successful State Implementation of the Affordable Care Act," that provides a roadmap for ACA implementation, and outlines the critical roles state advocates, national organizations and funders will play. As the report details, fulfilling the promise of the law depends in large part on state-level policy decisions. State and local consumer advocates are critical to ensuring those decisions address the concerns and priorities of families and individuals and their interests are protected, especially in the case of vulnerable populations.
The Fund will invite grant applications from advocacy organizations in eligible states. Sixteen states have been selected for the initial round of funding. Some states will be invited to submit a letter of interest that if accepted will be followed by a full proposal. To foster collaboration and coordination among local advocacy organizations, the Fund will accept only one application from each eligible state.
For this first round of funding, state and local advocacy organizations have been invited to work together to submit one proposal from each of the following states: California, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Washington. (For proposal information, click here.)
In addition, state and local advocacy organizations have been invited to work together to submit one letter of interest from each of the following states: Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Utah and Virginia. (For letter of interest information, click here.)
We anticipate that the first round of grants will be awarded in March and April 2011. We will continue to seek donations to the Fund and additional invitations may be issued as more funds become available.
In a GIH audio conference on February 22, 2011, Sara Kay from The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Robert Phillips from The California Endowment, and Susan Sherry and Karen Quigley from Community Catalyst discussed both the report and the Fund and ways that foundations may want to consider them in their work and funding decisions.