Learning and Action in Policy and Partnerships (LAPP)

Frequently Asked Questions

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Posted December 4, 2020.

Please note that these answers reflect content included in the LAPP Brochure and guidance within the online application at my.rwjf.org. All LAPP program resources are available online at dashconnect.org/lapp.  If your question is not answered in either of those two places or below, please send it to info@dashconnect.org and include “LAPP Program” in the subject line.

DASH operates three major funding programs, which are described here.  These programs operate on different timelines and have different audiences and purposes, and may be a better fit for your community interests.  For example, please note that DASH’s Community Impact Contracts program is currently open, with applications due on November 13.  The DASH Mentorships will open later this year or early in 2021. Please review the three opportunities to see which one(s) might be appropriate for your community initiatives.

LAPP BACKGROUND

1) Q: Is this a new funding program?

A: Yes. DASH has a five year history of supporting community capacity development for multi-sector collaboration and data sharing.  Community feedback over that time highlights that some of the barriers faced by communities require interventions related to policy and systems change.  The LAPP program marries DASH’s ongoing commitment to community capacity-building with a newer focus on policy and system change opportunities.  For this effort, we formed a partnership with CHCS which leverages their relationships and expertise to inform the cohort to be formed with the LAPP grantees.

2) Q: How many applicants do you expect?

A: This is a new program so we do not know how many organizations will apply. There is a lot of interest in state-community partnerships, which may result in strong demand for the program.  At the same time, the requirement for an existing state-community partnership may be a winnowing factor.  174 people attended the informational webinar and a quarter of 90 survey respondents afterwards indicated that they intended to apply.

3) Q: How many applications will be funded?

A: We will fund up to 5 applications in the inaugural round of LAPP.  We expect to receive more high-quality applications than we will be able to fund, so we are also encouraging applicants to leverage their new membership in the online community at https://community.allindata.org/home  to reach out to those similar projects or find where they have shared lessons learned or advice.

4) Q: How do you define sectors?

A: By sectors, we are referring to fields or people/organizations working in a specific area of expertise. For LAPP, we are interested in sectors relevant to community health improvement objectives (e.g., health care, public health, behavioral health, housing, human services, community development, education, transportation, criminal justice, public safety, the private sector, or other sector that has a stake in or impact on community health). As part of the application, you’ll be completing a survey about the collaboration with the list of sectors to choose from.

5) Q: How is LAPP defining “local” and “community-level”?

A: For the purposes of the LAPP project, “community-level” is broadly defined as a city, county, town, village, or neighborhood in which there is an existing multi-sector data-sharing project in place that this opportunity will help to advance.

6) Q: Can you further define the policy change objectives for LAPP? Could it be policy implementation models that promote best practices?

A: Yes, applicants can focus on policy implementation models that promote best practices. What we most care about is that LAPP awardees ultimately use the award funding for efforts that enable communities to strengthen and leverage state partnerships in support of data-sharing efforts to improve health, well-being, and equity.  Ideally, these efforts will inform statewide policy and systems change that drive sustainable outcomes aimed at directly improving the lives of those in the communities served. Applicants should consider a direct statement about how the state might use this opportunity to advance capacity in communities across the state.

7) Q: What is considered a multi-sector partnership?

A: By sectors, we mean those organizational categories that have a specific focus or purpose.  Examples include public health, health care, housing, education, transportation, civic engagement, community development, law enforcement, the private sector — any set of organizations or industry that has an impact on individual and community health. When DASH talks about multi-sector partnerships, we mean to support collaborations that include participants from organizations from different sectors.  We support multi-sector approaches because we believe that individuals and communities are better understood by incorporating and integrating information and data from multiple lenses — and as a corrective to the idea that we should only be using clinical health care metrics when we think about health, well-being and equity. In 2020 and beyond, DASH is especially interested in collaborations that include public health, health care and at least one community-based social service sector. Multiple organizations or jurisdictions do not necessarily translate into multiple sectors.

8) Q: To what types of organizations have you previously awarded funds?

A: While the LAPP is a new program for DASH, you may review past DASH awardees to get a sense of the types of organizations previously funded by DASH. You can browse past CIC-START awardees at https://dashconnect.org/awardees/cic-start/. The list of community collaborations within the All In project directory www.community.allindata.org  is also representative of our interests (you will need to be a logged-in member of the site to access the latter). Previous awardees come from a variety of organization types, including public health departments, hospitals and community clinics, Health Information Exchanges, civic data intermediaries, community development organizations, community-based non-profits, housing agencies, etc.

9) Q: We are not ready to submit in 2020. Will the LAPP program be available in 2021?

A: The DASH Program Office does not currently have a plan to offer a second round of LAPP.  Any decision about possible subsequent rounds will be made public at dashconnect.org/lapp  and through the All In Newsletter. The DASH Program Office does intend to offer additional rounds of our CIC-Cohort and Mentorship programs in 2021.  Information about those programs will be available at https://dashconnect.org/funding-opportunities/.

ELIGIBILITY

10) Q: Can nonprofits with a national scope apply if they are seeking funding to advance work within a specific local community where we have existing partners (even though our organization may not have physical offices in that local or state community)?

A: Yes, so long as the applicant organization meets all other eligibility criteria as noted within the RFP.

  • Applicants must be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax‐exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and must not be private foundations.
  • Applicants must be based in the United states or its territories.

11) Q:  If our existing collaboration is funded by a state grant would that make us eligible?

A: State grant funding on its own is not sufficient evidence of a strong and active relationship between a community collaboration and its state government. Please refer to the LAPP Brochure for further information about selection criteria. Please note, Letters of Support are optional but strongly encouraged to be included with your application. Applications that do not present convincing evidence of multi-sector collaboration are generally not funded.

12) Q: Is there a cost sharing or mapping requirement?

A: No. There are no cost-sharing or cost-mapping requirements for this project.

13) Q: Are state agencies eligible to apply?

A: Yes. To apply, applicants must be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax‐exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and must not be private foundations. We are seeking applications from existing partnerships that include a local collaboration and state government. We anticipate that most applications will come from community organizations, as a representation of significant involvement of community partners. Local or state public entities are eligible to apply, and will need to clearly describe an active and meaningful partnership with community based organizations.

14) Q: Can the community-based social services organization be a public agency, like a county department of human services?

A: A county department of human services can be part of the community collaboration. However, the eligibility criteria is for a community collaboration that includes participation of health care, public health, and at least one community-based social services sector. Please be sure your application demonstrates representation in all three categories.

15) Q: What if the focus of the collaboration is not explicitly focused on health? For example, what if the focus of the existing collaboration is on digital equity?

A: Digital equity is an acknowledged determinant of health, and so could be a focus for a LAPP application. We encourage potential applicants to review the LAPP Brochure which will provide more insight into our selection criteria, including our focus on health, wellbeing and equity.

16) Q: Our existing collaboration does not meet the requirement for having a specific community engagement process in place for involving persons with lived experience and/or community residents. Is it acceptable to begin this process now and still be eligible?

A: We ask that all applications detail the process you will use to engage community members as partners in your effort. Priority will be given to organizations who are building on existing relationships and engagement processes involving persons with lived experience and/or community residents.

17) Q: Can you share more regarding the expectation concerning existing data-sharing or data-integration efforts with state governments?

A: Besides the guidance available within the Eligibility and Selection Criteria in the LAPP Brochure, it may be helpful to recognize that the twelve-month duration of the LAPP cohort is not long enough to create and support relationships that are not already in place between communities and their state partners. Therefore, we are looking for evidence of an existing and leverageable relationship between the state and a multi-sector community collaboration, which will support your assertion that you can achieve your project goals in the year allotted.

18) Q: Can a public entity, such as a Public Health Department, be an applicant if it is leading and convening a collaboration among community partners?

A: The eligibility criteria states that applicants must be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and must not be private foundations or non-functionally integrated Type III supporting organizations. A Public Health Department would qualify under that status. DASH is looking for active, pre-existing collaborations to apply.

19) Q: Could an existing cross sector data collaborative in which the state has been involved peripherally be qualified to use the funds to strengthen that relationship?

A: Yes. The Selection Criteria reflect the priority DASH places on existing state-community relationships.

20) Q: If we have a model that incorporates data from multiple sectors — for example, mental health, physical health, and education – could this help support a data system incorporating school systems, health nonprofits, public school systems to drive how to support students in need?

A: Eligibility Criteria reflect the requirement that applications incorporate public health, health care AND community-based social services. Please refer to the LAPP Brochure for further information about additional selection criteria.

21) Q: Would a foundation be eligible to apply on behalf of a community collective impact initiative?

A: A foundation is not eligible to apply for LAPP unless it meets the stipulated eligibility requirements. However, if one of the members of the community collaboration meets the eligibility criteria they can apply on behalf of the collective impact initiative – this would also make for a more compelling application.

22) Q: I am part of a multi-sector collaboration. Which organization in our collaboration should apply?

A: The application can be submitted by any eligible organizational member of a collaboration. Ideally, it would come from the collaboration member most central to the management or implementation of the proposed work. The budget and project activities may reflect expanded roles for other organizations in the collaboration beyond the lead applicant.

23) Q: Can the same entity apply more than once, if each application represents a separate opportunity?

A: Multiple applications from the same entity are allowed. It is highly unlikely that one organization would receive two awards from the LAPP program in one application period.

24) Q: If you are a current or past DASH applicant or grantee, can you apply for LAPP funding?

A: Yes. Past application or receipt of DASH funding does not disqualify your application, though DASH is interested in learning from a diverse set of communities, and may prioritize those who have not yet received DASH funding.

25) Q: Do we have to be a part of, connected to, or funded by RWJF already to participate?

A: No. The only membership requirement is to have joined the free All In network.

26) Q: We have multiple possible lead applicants in our collaboration. Who is the right lead applicant?

A: The lead applicant should be an eligible organization that is responsible for leading, convening and monitoring the progress of the proposed project.

27) Q: Is a non-profit state university eligible to apply?

A: Yes. If the lead agency meets the 501(c)3 and all eligibility criteria, then they are eligible.

28) Q: Is a Medicaid Managed Care organization eligible to apply?

A: Please refer to the FAQ’s and to the LAPP brochure for all eligibility criteria.  Specifically, applicants must either be public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax‐exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and must not be private foundations.

STATE PARTNERSHIP INVOLVEMENT

29) Q: When you say state government within the RFP, can this also apply to local city government partnerships?

A: LAPP is focused on bolstering partnerships among community collaborations and states. Local government may be engaged with community and state partners for the project. If your project only involves local city government actors, that may be better suited for other DASH programs.

30) Q: Can separate entities within the same state’s government apply separately (two different projects within one state)?

A: Yes, as long as the other organization and collaborative project meet the LAPP eligibility criteria.

31) Q: Is the involvement of a state agency required for award?

A: Yes. Please see the Brochure for a rationale and details of this requirement.

32) Q: What kind of commitment or involvement is expected from state agencies?

A: State partners are expected to be actively involved throughout the 12-month grant period and committed to the partnership beyond the grant period. This project is intended to support an existing state-community partnership and to build on existing relationships. To be eligible, the application must include a clearly defined opportunity or problem that requires state-community partnerships to address effectively. Please review the brochure for non-exhaustive lists of example activities that the award could support.

33) Q: Do communities within states where interoperability policies are driven at the county-level (rather than at the state-level) qualify for the LAPP opportunity? For example, would it be acceptable to use LAPP funding for a local community to work with county-level agencies? What is the specific requirement to work with state governments?

A: LAPP is focused on the interplay and interrelationships among states and community collaborations within states. If your state and community partnerships also include county government agencies, that may be an acceptable application of LAPP funds. Please refer to the “Selection Criteria” for more guidance.

34) Q: When you say “state,” is there any specific agency you are referring to, such as a state Medicaid agency, Mental Health Authority, Housing agency, Child and Family Services, or other?

A: We are not being prescriptive about what state agency or department is partnering with communities on this multi-sector data sharing project. This is because we recognize that a variety of departments within state government have levers that can impact health (e.g., Agriculture, Housing and Community Development, Education, Medicaid, Public Health, and many others).

35) Q: Can regional MCOs qualify as the state agencies? Also, what about state-supported private partnerships like state HIEs that are not run out of the state agency?

A: The purpose of LAPP is to offer awardees support to build the capacity of their community’s data ecosystem to initiate, strengthen, and leverage relationships with their state government to improve health, well-being, and equity outcomes. That said, we recognize that MCOs play a key role in the Medicaid delivery system, and are thus open to receiving applications from community-MCO partnerships that identify key barriers and opportunities that MCOs are well positioned to address. Ideally, the state would also play a meaningful role in the project. Similarly, state-supported HIEs may be an important partner, but applicants would be required to describe the role of the state in its efforts to build local community capacity.

36) Q: Would sharing data with MCOs who have direct relationships w/state governments be eligible for funding?

A: To the extent that data-sharing partnerships with MCOs would address key barriers and opportunities to improve health and advance equity at the community level, and to the extent the state is involved as a supportive partner, such arrangements would qualify.

37) Q: Are there examples of the state-community relationship that need to be in place for this program?

A: Given that this is a new program, our goal is to allow flexibility for what these relationships may look like. For instance, the state-community partnership may be in place because the state’s Medicaid program is partnering with its MCOs and CBOs to encourage collaboration with communities to identify and track social services needs, referrals, and outcomes. Or it could be that the state and community collaboration are partnered in an ongoing data-sharing project to understand the relationship between access to mental health services and housing as a stabilizing factor. There are many possibilities and we encourage potential applicants to review the LAPP Brochure for a non-exhaustive list.

38) Q: What is the role of the state as we consider the scale of the work more broadly across multiple communities?

A: Applicants should consider a direct statement about how the state might use this opportunity to advance capacity in communities across the state.

39) Q: Can our project be focused on the whole state or should it be focused on a particular local community, city or county?

A: The intention of the LAPP program is to support collaborations between states and a constituent community, be it a neighborhood, city or even county.

40) Q: Could you please advise whether the “community” component of the LAPP proposal needs to be specific to a geographical community (a city or county), or if it can be a network of community organizations across the state?

A: DASH recognizes that communities form around groups of people with conditions in common or around particular kinds of activities or interventions. Historically, DASH defines community geographically, the way that capacity will be increased across the community, the expected impact and how it will be measured, and the potential for identifying policy and system change levers as a result of this work.  The LAPP Eligibility criteria includes, “A specific community engagement process for involving persons with lived experience and/or community residents as a part of the planning, execution and evaluation of the use case or intervention.”  In order to satisfy this criterion, your application would have to describe how you would engage persons with lived experience across your definition of community, or focus in on a specific geographically- defined community within your overall approach.

APPLICATIONS

41) Q: Will a program officer be available to further answer questions from organizations considering to submit an application?

A: The DASH and CHCS program office staff are unable to respond to very specific questions on projects, such as “Is this a good idea?” or “Is this likely to be funded?” We will answer all questions submitted to info@dashconnect.org  before December 4, though some identifying details may be omitted in the public response within these LAP FAQs.

42) Q: Can you help me decide whether/how this opportunity would be a good fit for my organization or collaboration?

A: DASH is not able to respond to specific requests of this type when the opportunity is still in solicitation.  Please carefully review the eligibility and selection criteria in the LAPP brochure, the Informational Webinar recording, and FAQs at www.dashconnect.org/lapp to determine whether this opportunity is a good fit for your organization and collaboration.

43) Q: Is there someone we can consult to see if our project should apply for the current cohort or wait until the next round? We are new to All In.

A: DASH encourages submissions from community collaboration who are new to All In or DASH. While the LAPP application period is open, DASH staff are not able to meet individually with communities or provide direct feedback. See answer above. You may consider applying for future funding if you feel your community project is not currently ready to make a compelling case for funding.

44) Q: Can I apply for both LAPP and other DASH program funding?

A: Yes, although you will still need to submit a separate application for each funding opportunity.

45) Q: Can a private technical solution provider who works with nonprofit communities co-apply with one of the nonprofit partners?

A: DASH seeks strong, active collaborative relationships from across multiple sectors working towards a common goal. A 501(c)(3) public entity or nonprofit organization can include a business as a partner in the collaborative endeavor, but the applicant must meet the eligibility requirements.

46) Q: I am part of a multi-sector collaboration. Which organization in our collaboration should apply?

A: The application can be submitted by any eligible organizational member of a collaboration. Ideally, it would come from the collaboration member most central to the management or implementation of the proposed work. The budget and project activities may reflect expanded roles for other organizations in the collaboration beyond the lead applicant.

47) Q: Can an organization submit multiple proposals?

A: Yes. Each proposal should address a unique opportunity. It is unlikely that one organization would be funded for two projects in one application period.

48) Q: Can two organizations apply for funding if they would be working collaboratively on the same project?

A: No, one organization should apply on behalf of the collaboration.

49) Q: Can separate entities within the same state’s government apply separately (two different projects within one state)?

A: Yes, as long as the other organization and collaborative project meet the LAPP eligibility criteria.

50) Q: Should a site visit from the DASH Program Office (PO) be included in the budget?

A: A “low-effort” site visit is a possible activity of a LAPP project. The DASH PO may request this, or the awardee may request it. If there is mutual interest, staff from the DASH PO will travel to the awardee site and DASH will assume all staff travel costs.  As of October 2020, any site visit is likely to be conducted virtually.

51) Q: What should documentation of a multi-sector shared data project look like in our application? Letters of support, MOUs, other documentation?

A: The LAPP brochure describes selection criteria, which represents the priorities for this funding opportunity.  The application describes the specific limitations (if any) for types of materials to be uploaded. We encourage you to submit documentation that offers specific detail regarding your past and proposed efforts to advance collaboration and data-sharing. Letters of support (addressed below), memorandums of understanding, data sharing agreements, governance processes are examples that may strengthen your proposal. These are important but ancillary to the clear and compelling case you will make in your narrative application questions.

52) Q: I have applied for or received funding from DASH in the past. Am I eligible for this opportunity?

A: Yes.

53) Q: Can I apply if I am currently funded by one of the All In Partner program offices (DASH, PHNCI, BUILD, CACHI, NJHI, CHF, etc.)?

A: Yes. Priority is given to community collaborations that are currently not funded and those that are implementing new strategies to engage partners, build capacity and/or share data.  All members of All In are encouraged to apply.

54) Q: Can you help me decide whether/how this opportunity would be a good fit for my organization or collaboration?

A: DASH is not able to respond to specific requests of this type when the opportunity is still in solicitation.  Please carefully review the eligibility and selection criteria in the LAPP brochure, the Informational Webinar recording, and FAQs at www.dashconnect.org/lapp to determine whether this opportunity is a good fit for your organization and collaboration.

55) Q: Is there someone we can consult to see if our project should apply for the current cohort or wait until the next round? We are new to All In.

A: DASH encourages submissions from community collaboration who are new to All In or DASH. While the LAPP application period is open, DASH staff are not able to meet individually with communities or provide direct feedback. See answer above. You may consider applying for future funding if you feel your community project is not currently ready to make a compelling case for funding.

56) Q: Can I apply for both LAPP and other DASH program funding?

A: Yes, although you will still need to submit a separate application for each funding opportunity.

57) Q: Can a private technical solution provider who works with nonprofit communities co-apply with one of the nonprofit partners?

A: DASH seeks strong, active collaborative relationships from across multiple sectors working towards a common goal. A 501(c)(3) public entity or nonprofit organization can include a business as a partner in the collaborative endeavor, but the applicant must meet the eligibility requirements.

58) Q: Can an organization submit multiple proposals?

A: Yes. Each proposal should address a unique opportunity. It is unlikely that one organization would be funded for two projects in one application period.

59) Q: Can two organizations apply for funding if they would be working collaboratively on the same project?

A: No, one organization should apply on behalf of the collaboration.

60) Q: What should documentation of a multi-sector shared data project look like in our application? Letters of support, MOUs, other documentation?

A: The LAPP brochure describes selection criteria, which represents the priorities for this funding opportunity.  The application describes the specific limitations (if any) for types of materials to be uploaded. We encourage you to submit documentation that offers specific detail regarding your past and proposed efforts to advance collaboration and data-sharing. Letters of support (addressed below), memorandums of understanding, data sharing agreements, governance processes are examples that may strengthen your proposal. These are important but ancillary to the clear and compelling case you will make in your narrative application questions.

61) Q: What other financial materials may we send if we do not have two years of audited financials?

A: If an organization meets the eligibility criteria but does not have audited financial statements, please provide internal financial statements, and the DASH PO may follow up with additional questions. The requirement for two years of financial information is to understand the capacity of the applicant to lead the collaborative activity. You may wish to consider applying through a fiscal agent or with another member of the collaboration as the lead if that would represent your application.

62) Q: How can a State agency submit the required 2 years of audited financial statements per the RFP requirement?

A: If an applicant cannot provide two years of audited financial statements, they could provide their internal financial statements; the DASH PO may follow up with additional questions.

RWJF ONLINE APPLICATION SYSTEM

63) Q: Where can I access the live application and obtain a PDF copy?

A: The RWJF Online Application System contains the live application, and the PDFs of the application can be viewed in the system itself. 

64) Q: How can I determine the number of characters available in each application response box?

A: You can confirm all of the character counts for each application question by looking at the “Maximum” characters tracked below each reply box.

65) Q: Questions 1 & 2 in Organizational Background, Proposal Detail are the same? Is this an error?

A: Yes. Question #2 should read: Describe how the organization engages with their community and involves persons with lived experience in its work. Please answer this question. Please review current application, and be sure to answer the updated Question #2.

66) Q: Regarding questions one and two can you confirm if the subject of the response is the fiscal agent or community collaborative? 

A: If the lead organization requires a fiscal agent to apply, that relationship should be described in the budget narrative and referenced in other answers as appropriate. The application answers should differentiate the fiscal agent and the lead organization, and reference the lead organization throughout. 

67) Q: Where can I access the live application?

A: The RWJF Online Application System contains the live application, and the PDFs of the application can be viewed in the system itself.

68) Q: I don’t see the DASH LAPP grant listed as a current call for proposals when I log in to myrwjf.org.

A: The LAPP program is offered by the DASH Program Office, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  We use the RWJF automated online application system, but the DASH Request for Proposals will not appear on the RWJF Current Calls for Proposal list.  You must click on the application link provided at www.dashconnect.org/lapp  to access the solicitation.  When you log in to the RWJF portal subsequently, it should appear at the top of the screen in “My Applications.”

69) Q: I just logged into RWJF to check this out and see I have an ID.  Does this mean I started an application?

A: If you have ever made an application to RWJF before, or been included in one, you may have an ID. If you have started a proposal, you should have received an email from rwjf.org with the proposal ID. If you believe you have started an application we recommend you try to find it before starting another. If you run into any problems or questions, please e-mail info@dashconnect.org and include “LAPP Program” in the subject line, with as much detail as you can provide, and we will make sure that you don’t duplicate your effort.

70) Q: If we have an active application for another RWJF grant, can we still apply for this one?

A: DASH does not place any restrictions on submitting an application while you have other active applications. If you have concerns about that particular RWJF grant, it may be worth reaching out to the program officer.

71) Q: What are the requirements in terms of an abstract, proposal, and budget?

A: The application requirements are listed in the LAPP Brochure.  The best way to understand what is required from the application is by creating an account at my.rwjf.org and exploring the application itself.  The link is available at www.dashconnect.org/lapp

72) Q: Do endnotes count in our page limits?

A: Endnotes would count for character and page limits if they extend the pages or number of characters. Endnotes can also be consolidated and uploaded as an optional appendix.

73) Q: The only instruction is that a CV/Resume be uploaded. Is there any additional guidance regarding this format?

A: Please refer to the ‘ CV Resume and Upload Instructions’.  “To maintain the original formatting, you must convert your document to a PDF. For additional information, refer to “Troubleshooting Tips,” (see “Resources” box on the left).

USE OF FUNDING

74) Q: What are the allowable uses of funding? Are there any types of expenses that cannot be funded using this grant?

A: The funding is to be used for efforts that enable communities to strengthen and leverage state partnerships in support of data-sharing efforts to improve health, well-being, and equity. Please refer to page 5 of the brochure for a non-exhaustive list of activities that the award and TA could support.   The approved and disallowed uses of grant funding are detailed in the “Budget Preparation Guidelines” document available in the “Resources” menu within the RWJF online application system.

75) Q: Would a stipend for community member participation be an allowable expenditure?

A: The funding is to be used for efforts that enable communities to strengthen and leverage state partnerships in support of data-sharing efforts to improve health, well-being, and equity. Please refer to page 5 of the brochure for a non-exhaustive list of activities that the award and TA could support. The approved and disallowed uses of grant funding are detailed in the “Budget Preparation Guidelines” document available in the “Resources” menu within the RWJF online application system. 

76) Q: One question that came up regarding the $100K budget for this application was whether the $100K includes 12% indirects (i.e. $89K directs and $11K indirects) or whether it is $100K plus 12% indirects.

A: The maximum grant for the LAPP Program is $100,000 which covered direct and indirect expenses for the proposed project.

77) Q: In our state, health and human services are largely administered by individual counties. The State primarily provides regulatory oversight and funding, however, the partnerships are almost exclusively at the local level. Does this still qualify as a State-Local partnership?

A: It may qualify. The LAPP program application requires evidence of an existing relationship between state government and local communities as the foundation for understanding the policy and system change opportunities to be identified in the course of the LAPP program year.  All applications will describe the ways in which communities leverage state relationships to support community capacity development.  You may describe the mechanisms in which county government will also be involved in your proposed activities.

78) Q: What response is required for the question about “Technical Assistance: Needs and Interests”?

A: With this question, the DASH/CHCS team is seeking some sense of the interests or needs of potential grantees for technical support.  This answer will not be scored and is solely for Program Office information gathering.

79) Q: From among our immediate partners, it appears this particular application would most likely come from our Foundation (a 503(c)(3)).  As a university we have a fairly formal internal proposal approval process, particularly if rates other than the university’s standard fringe and indirect rates are being requested.  Can we get more information on indirect and restrictions?

A: The budget worksheet that is part of the proposal contains guidance about direct and indirect rates. Fringe does not have a specified limit, but should not be included in the calculation of indirect. The Foundation’s approved rate for Indirect Costs varies by applicant type.  For colleges/universities and hospital/health systems, the rate is 12 percent of Personnel, Other Direct Costs and Purchased Services. That rate is 20% for non-profit organizations.  When Purchased Services total more than 33 percent of the budget, the Foundation limits indirect costs on the Purchased Services category to 5 percent. If one member of the collaboration cannot meet this cap, we recommend considering another partner to take the lead. More guidance on this is available within the online application system.

80) Q: How many sectors need to be included in a multi-sector collaborative effort?

A: The brochure addresses this directly in the Eligibility Criteria: “An existing multi‐sector data-sharing project (e.g. in the development or implementation phase of sharing data or using connected information systems).  A community collaboration that includes participation of health care, public health, and at least one community‐based social services sector”.

81) Q: Is the participation of a health care sector a requirement? If so, can FQHC/community health centers qualify?

A: Within the context of DASH’s definition of a multi-sector collaboration, an FQHC or CHC qualifies as an organization from the health care sector.

82) Q: Our clinical care setting also includes services that are often associated with community-based social services organizations, such as care managers and social workers within a health care system. Would this count as two sectors?

A: Different types of organizations may utilize similar services, such as social care management, to meet their institutional goals.  The Eligibility requirement for multiple sectors reflects the understanding different types of organizations organize their work differently, and that the drivers for different sectors are positively different, and that bringing those different sectors together can result in a fuller and more meaningful understanding and approach to individual and community health. Therefore, DASH requires the meaningful participation and presence of health care AND public health AND community-based social services.

83) Q: Can the funds be used for data system programming staff time?

A: Yes, staff time is an allowable use of funds. We recommend you tie the use of the budget for programmer time to the demonstrated objectives of your work plan in your application, as well as explain how the funds would be a supplement to regular programming staff time.

84) Q: Will DASH fund the purchase of a data platform if the community collaboration has a solid work plan?

A: Use of funds to purchase technology is an eligible use of the award, and we have funded similar work before. In our experience, a particular technology implementation is not the answer but more of a tool for systems change. A compelling proposal would explain why this activity would generate a change in the community, and how this tool would accelerate your progress and create value for the field.

85) Q: Can funds be used for consultants and contractors?

A: A potential activity that LAPP funds can support includes engaging individual consultants or other collaborative experts to address a problem or an opportunity (legal, collaboration, governance, etc.). In fact, the short-term nature of the LAPP program suggests that consultants and contractors with specific technical knowledge or experience are appropriate uses of funds. Please note that the most relevant, experienced and cost-effective sources of contract expertise may be other community organizations that have already addressed the particular challenge or opportunity to be addressed.

86) Q: Can funds be used for temporary staff persons?

A: Yes, that is an acceptable use of funds.  You would also want to address how the impact of that temporary position will build your community collaboration’s longer-term capacity for collaboration and data sharing.  Please see the Brochure, which includes a non-exhaustive list of uses of funds.

87) Q: Can the funds be used for data system programming staff time?

A: Yes, staff time is an allowable use of funds. We recommend you tie the use of the budget for programmer time to the demonstrated objectives of your work plan in your application, as well as explain how the funds would be a supplement to regular programming staff time.

88) Q: Can we use LAPP funds for evaluation?

A: LAPP leverages DASH funds to learn important lessons about what works and doesn’t work for multi-sector collaborative data sharing.  A robust evaluation focused on understanding successful and unsuccessful work in this field is a welcome component of any application.  If the application is focused primarily on evaluation, then the initiative being evaluated should be especially significant in terms of lessons, replicability or impact.

89) Q: Would a for-profit data and analytics partner be an eligible expense?

A: Yes. For more details on allowable expenses, please consult the guidance available within the online RWJF application system, under “Resources.”

90) Q: Regarding the $100K budget for this application was whether the $100K includes 12% indirect (i.e. $89K directs and $11K indirects) or whether it is $100K plus 12% indirects?

A: The maximum grant for the LAPP Program is $100,000 which covered direct and indirect expenses for the proposed project.

91) Q: As the project application is being made by a community non-profit working in partnership with a state agency, can the community non-profit which receives the award pass some funding to the state agency to offset their personnel expense?

A: Yes. DASH anticipates that the lead applicant and its partners may share resources, and encourages applicants to demonstrate in the budget narrative how the funding allocations will help build community capacity. Please refer to page 5 of the LAPP Brochure for a non-exhaustive list of activities that the award and TA could support.  The approved and disallowed uses of grant funding are detailed in the “Budget Preparation Guidelines” document available in the “Resources” menu within the RWJF online application system.

ALL IN MEMBERSHIP

92) Q: How do I join All In?

A: If you’re new to All In, the first step to join is to sign up for the online community (https://community.allindata.org/home) and create an individual member profile. If you do so by the application deadline, you will be eligible for CIC- START funding.

93) Q: Is there a cost or fee to becoming an All In member?

A: There is no financial cost to joining All In, but members are encouraged to participate in discussions, attend webinars, and use and contribute resources to generate a rich community of practice to advance this field.

94) Q: I attempted to join All In, but accidentally made an error in typing my email address, thus didn’t receive the confirmation e-mail. How can I fix that?

A: First, re-register with the correct email address.  If you already completed your profile on the account with an error, email info@dashconnect.org, include “LAPP Program” in the subject line and we will transfer it to the new account.

95) Q: Is there a limit to the number of people in an organization or collaboration that can or should join All In?

A: It is a requirement for all LAPP applicants to become a member of All In https://community.allindata.org/home. All In is a broad learning collaborative that can help connect you to resources and other supports for this work.

APPLICATION QUESTIONS

96) Q: Can you help me decide whether/how this opportunity would be a good fit for my organization or collaboration?

A: DASH is not able to respond to specific requests of this type when the opportunity is still in solicitation.  Please carefully review the eligibility and selection criteria in the LAPP brochure, the Informational Webinar recording, and FAQs at www.dashconnect.org/lapp to determine whether this opportunity is a good fit for your organization and collaboration.

97) Q: Is there someone we can consult to see if our project should apply for the current cohort or wait until the next round? We are new to All In.

A: DASH encourages submissions from community collaboration who are new to All In or DASH. While the LAPP application period is open, DASH staff are not able to meet individually with communities or provide direct feedback. You may consider applying for future DASH funding if you feel your community project is not currently ready to make a compelling case for funding, though there are currently no plans for another round of LAPP funding.

98) Q: Can I apply for both LAPP and other DASH program funding?

A: Yes, although you will still need to submit a separate application for each funding opportunity.

99) Q: Can a private technical solution provider who works with nonprofit communities co-apply with one of the nonprofit partners?

A: DASH seeks strong, active collaborative relationships from across multiple sectors working towards a common goal. A 501(c)(3) public entity or nonprofit organization can include a business as a partner in the collaborative endeavor, but the applicant must meet the eligibility requirements.

100) Q: Can an organization submit multiple proposals?

A: Yes. Each proposal should address a unique opportunity. It is unlikely that one organization would be funded for two projects in one application period.

101) Q: Can two organizations apply for funding if they would be working collaboratively on the same project?

A: No, one organization should apply on behalf of the collaboration.

102) Q: What should documentation of a multi-sector shared data project look like in our application — letters of support, MOUs, other documentation?

A: The LAPP brochure describes selection criteria, which represents the priorities for this funding opportunity.  The application describes the specific limitations (if any) for types of materials to be uploaded. We encourage you to submit documentation that offers specific detail regarding your past and proposed efforts to advance collaboration and data-sharing. Letters of support (addressed below), memorandums of understanding, data sharing agreements, governance processes are examples that may strengthen your proposal. These are important but ancillary to the clear and compelling case you will make in your narrative application questions.

LAPP AWARD, CONTRACT AND ACTIVITIES

103) Q: Can you speak more to participation and reporting requirements?

A: Grantees will participate in short, periodic check-in calls with the PO staff, be invited to engage in discussions on the All In platform, and may be asked to host a low-effort, in-person meeting with PO staff. The in-person meeting is for the PO staff to witness activities and/or milestones alongside the awardee, and not an elaborate presentation.  PO staff will be available for additional consultation if requested.  Also, the DASH PO will offer communications consultation and other support services, though awardees will not be required to participate.

Upon completion of the contract, awardees will be expected to submit a concluding report, which will include lessons learned that others could benefit from, and when appropriate to share products of their project. Awardees should also expect to participate in an exit interview to discuss their contract successes and challenges.

104) Q: Is there a specific data system, electronic tool or technical model preferred?

A: There is no specific tool, model or approach preferred or required, as DASH recognizes that tools are responsive or relevant to the local context.

105) Q: This opportunity could augment our already-existing project in a very helpful way – specifically, by enabling us to achieve a significant project expansion or extension. However, our project’s timeline is over a year; how do you suggest we align this twelve-month timeframe with collaboration work that might not fit neatly into that time window?

A: We recommend focusing your application on how the LAPP award will help you make progress on a very concrete aspect of your project within the twelve-month timeframe. This is intended to be an opportunity to access funds that will enable specific planning activities or next steps in an existing plan for sharing data, or to overcome a specific challenge.