FAQs

1. What is the purpose of The Foundation for Community Health (FCH)?

The Foundation for Community Health (FCH) is a private, not-for-profit foundation dedicated to improving the health and well being of the residents of the greater Harlem Valley in New York and the northern Litchfield Hills of Connecticut with an emphasis on serving those most vulnerable.

2. What communities does the Foundation for Community Health (FCH) serve?

  • In Connecticut: Canaan, Cornwall, Warren, Falls Village, Goshen, Kent, Norfolk, Salisbury/Lakeville, and Sharon.
  • In New York: Amenia/Wassaic, Ancram, Copake, Dover/Dover Plains/Wingdale, Millbrook/Washington, Millerton/North East, Pine Plains, Stanfordville.

See a community map of our Towns served.

3. How was the Foundation for Community Health (FCH) formed?

The Foundation for Community Health (FCH) was established in 2003, when Sharon Hospital was sold to for-profit Essent Healthcare, Inc. Connecticut law requires that the proceeds from the sale of a not-for-profit hospital to a for-profit organization remain in the charitable sector through the creation of a “conversion” foundation (such as the FCH). The original settlement was for approximately $16 million. The process was guided by a decision of the Connecticut’s Attorney General and formalized by a decision of the Superior Court of the State of Connecticut.

4. Can the Foundation for Community Health (FCH) receive direct contributions?

As a charitable institution, the Foundation for Community Health (FCH) can receive contributions to further its work to improve the health of the community. Contact the Foundation for more information.

5. What relationship does the Foundation for Community Health (FCH) have with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF), Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley and Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation?

The Foundation for Community Health (FCH) is a Type I supporting organization of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF), Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, and Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation. Together, all three foundations vote in the members of the FCH Board of Directors from a pool of candidates supplied by the current members of the FCH Board of Directors. In turn, the Foundation for Community Health provides the foundations with information and assessments of health-related grantmaking. The Foundation for Community Health also contracts with BTCF for financial, administrative and investment services.

6. What relationship does the Foundation for Community Health (FCH) have with Sharon Hospital?

The Foundation for Community Health (FCH) works to ensure and enhance a network of affordable and accessible health care services in the region that is traditionally served by Sharon Hospital.

7. What type of activities does the Foundation for Community Health (FCH) fund?

It takes many strategies to address the living conditions affecting health, well-being, and equity. Our grantmaking can look like a variety of things: a grant to a social service organization to complete a strategic planning process, funding a network’s efforts to communicate about an issue impacting the community, partnering with a school district to revise or create new wellness policies, or supporting our municipalities and other local policymakers’ ability to engage in participatory processes.

Information about our strategic framework can be found by clicking here.

FCH Grantmaking can be categorized into three types, please click on each one of these to find out more about them:

Current Requests for Proposals can be found by clicking here.

8. What is a grant proposal and why is one necessary?

The Foundation for Community Health's (FCH) funding process involves an applicant submitting a written grant proposal. It is necessary because the proposal identifies and describes: who is requesting funding, the reason why funding is being requested, the details of the project to be funded and its expected outcomes, the process for evaluating the project's outcomes, and a budget for the proposal.

9. I have a project in mind, but I need some time to plan the project before I begin implementing it. Can the Foundation for Community Health (FCH) help me with the planning?

Possibly. All non-profit organizations are strongly encouraged to call the Foundation for Community Health (FCH) staff to discuss ideas for programs and services that seek to improve the health of our constituents. This may include strengthening the organization delivering the services.

10. Where can I find out more about the Foundation for Community Health (FCH) grantmaking process?

Go to the section in this website entitled Apply for a Grant.