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Social Care Innovation Fund

Social Care Innovation Fund

At Alliance for Better Health and Healthy Alliance IPA, we believe that by investing in innovative approaches to social care, people will become healthier. As an advocate for the communities we serve, we want to continue to lean into the great work that’s already happening within and across our neighborhoods. We are excited to announce the Social Care Innovation Fund – another round of funding designed to invest resources into sustainable, collaborative, and measurable programs or services that address social needs before they turn into costly medical problems.

Our goal is to have an enduring impact so that the community is provided with social care services that improve and sustain health. We therefore have the responsibility to fund only high-quality submissions that meet our criteria. While we value all partners, not every application will be approved for funding.

Decision Process: Applications must be submitted no later than July 30, 2021. Once the application is submitted, the Innovation Fund Committee will respond with a decision within 30 days of submission via email. Please direct any questions you have about the application to

To be eligible, you must:
  • Be a participating organization of Alliance for Better Health or Healthy Alliance IPA; and
  • Provide at least one of the following services: Community Mental Health, Economic Stability (ex. financial literacy, housing, workforce development, employment, etc.), and/or Community Wellness (ex. early childhood development and education, youth success, family support, food security, etc.); and 
  • Provide services in at least one of the following counties: Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Fulton, and Montgomery County; and
  • Be an active user of the Healthy Together Referral Platform, submitting monthly client rosters.
Proposals from Alliance and IPA participants who received Alliance Innovation or IPA Growth payments in 2019-20-21 for programs not associated with IPA-MCO initiated programs are not eligible for this round of awards. In other words, if a program you proposed was funded in 2019-20-21, that program is not eligible for this round of awards. However, if you received funding associated with an IPA developed or MCO sponsored program – for example – the COVID Response Program, Transformation, Changemaker, or CDPHP Food Insecurity Program, you are still eligible to submit a proposal for consideration for this round of awards. 

Applications are due by July 30th.

Note: you cannot start the application and save your work; if you exit out before submitting, your answers will be deleted. To review the questions and/or prepare before starting the application, reference the complete list of questions here.