Recently the Kansas Center for Cultural Competency Advancement set up a small Innovation Fund to support collaborative projects that advance the program’s goal of increasing cultural competency in the health sector.
The first four collaborative partnerships who apply for the funds will receive up to $500 each. These can be used to support any activity where two or more individuals and/or organizations collaborate to promote cultural competency in their community.
Why did we decide to set up an Innovation Fund? Innovation Funds have been very successful in jumpstarting more collaboration. When organizations or programs start working with others to meet their goals, they tend to be much more successful. This is because they gain access to new resources and new perspectives. Having multiple perspectives enables the collaborative partners to come up with better solutions.
In addition, in most of the Innovation Fund projects, people connect with others working on collaborative projects, and get access to new resources. We also found that many of the groups have used the seed funds to attract much larger funding.
We will have TWO virtual meetings with the collaborators who receive the grants to ensure they have the tools and resources for successful completion of their projects. Additionally, the virtual meetings will promote support for one another and provided opportunities to share what is going well and where there are challenges. We also hope to capture what they learned in doing these collaborative projects, and share that on the blog.
Here is the link to the online application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KCCCA
Applications are due by JUNE 1st!