(Hyannis, August 19, 2019) Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) is pleased to release its FY2020 Annual Strategic Grant Request for Proposals (RFP). This RFP is part of an annual competitive grant process focused on addressing the unmet health needs of the residents of Barnstable County. The CCHC Community Benefits annual competitive RFP grants program is open to all non-profit community organizations operating in Barnstable County with programs aligned with CCHC Community Benefits priorities. To qualify, proposals must address our number one major health priority established in the CCHC Community Health Needs Assessment: Physical Health Conditions – Initiatives supporting chronic and infectious disease management and prevention that advance the ability of our hospitals and healthcare systems in the following ways: o Increase quality of life o Reduce severity of disease o Lessen occurrences of mortality Priority will be given to those projects that propose strategies that address unmet needs of the vulnerable populations with attention to cross-cutting themes of the aging population and healthcare access. Grant awards are intended to be transformational – improving behaviors and attitudes that indicate progress toward our collective goals using an outcome based system of measure. The CCHC Community Benefits program promotes Cape Cod Healthcare’s mission to coordinate and deliver the highest quality, accessible health services in order to enhance the health of all Cape Cod residents and visitors. In 2019, CCHC invested more than $27 million in community health initiatives. These initiatives included direct and strategic grant funding to community-based organizations and community health centers, charity care to residents of Barnstable County, hospital-based outreach, education and support programs, workforce development initiative, regional health and human service partnerships and purposeful volunteer engagement. “Cape Cod Healthcare’s Community Benefits program, through its strategic grant initiative, is working with local partners to advance a healthier Cape Cod,” said Paul Niedzwiecki, vice president of strategy and government affairs for CCHC. “Improving the health of our community is essential to enhancing the quality of life for residents, and supporting the social and economic well-being of the region.” The FY2020 Annual Strategic Grants program will award up to $300,000.00 with grant awards ranging from $15,000 to $30,000. The deadline for submission of strategic grant proposals is September 13, 2019. Grant selection will be finalized in November 2019 by the CCHC Community Health Committee. The funding period runs from January 1 – September 30, 2020. For more information visit: www.capecodhealth.org/about/caring-for-our-community/ Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 5,300 employees and 790 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare has two acute care hospitals, the Cape’s leading provider of homecare and hospice services (VNA), a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, an assisted living facility, and numerous health programs. For more information, visit Cape Cod Healthcare’s web site at www.capecodhealth.org.