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Rise and Thrive: Campus-Community Partnerships

Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act–Mental Health Coordination

Leading Campus-Community Partnerships for Behavioral Health and Mental Wellness Initiatives

Rise and Thrive logoThe Ohio College Initiative (OCI) is a proud partner in a collaboration to support students and promote mental health and wellness across Ohio’s college and university campuses.

With the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, PreventionFIRST!, Prevention Action Alliance, the Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health, and the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery, OCI  will host a series of webinars through September of 2022. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with state and national experts through a series of webinars that promote campuses and communities working together. Throughout the series, you will learn how to build connections between students, staff and community providers that result in improved access to supportive higher education environments and services.

The webinar series will be at no cost to participants and continuing education (CE) hours will be offered.

Competitive Funding Opportunity

To be considered, colleges and universities must be a member of the Ohio College Initiative by July 31, 2021. Not sure if your institution is a member? Check out this list.  Download the application.

Funding for the Rise and Thrive Initiative comes from the Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) and Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds. See below for more information on how to apply.  Final proposals will be due Aug. 16, 2021 at 5 p.m. Notification of awards will be Aug. 31.

Bidder’s Conference Final Materials

Bidder’s Conference Slides (PDF)     Funding Announcement/Application (PDF)     Attachments A, B and C (Docx)

Questions and Answers

Q: Can you please clarify the deadline for the Rise and Thrive Campus-Community Partnerships?  Some materials say Aug. 16  and others say Aug. 31.  

A: The deadline is Aug. 16 at 5 p.m.


Q: Would partnering with JED Campus be an acceptable community partnership or do you want colleges to link with local community resources?

A: The goal of the funding opportunity is to create local campus-community partnerships. While partnering with the JED Foundation and a JED Campus (a campus that has completed the four-year JED program and received the official designation as a JED Campus) is encouraged, the application must also show local partnerships and the required community partner must be local.


Q: In the Rise and Thrive materials it states the following: “Proposals must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 16 to be considered. It is highly encouraged that applicants completely review the application, along with the required responses, prior to beginning the application process.”

Are the “proposal” and “application” the same thing or separate documents? The proposal format is detailed below the paragraph I cited above but I see no “application.”

A: We are referring to the “application” as the Notice of Funding Announcement and the “proposal” as what might be submitted by those who apply for funding.


Q: Can our institution use funds to supplement existing employees’ salary or are the funds specifically for stipends of additional money?

A: Funds can be used to supplement salary but doing so at 1.0 FTE is not permissible.


Q: If there is a required 4 hours per week, that is 10% of the work week? Would this be to supplement salaries or for stipends?

A: Either is allowed. Phase 1 funds should also be used to complete the required grant activities and deliverables as indicated in the application, including making the campus community partnership visible.


Q: Are these grant funds a reimbursement or will we receive the funds before phase 1? If so, when are the funds awarded?

A: Funds will not be on a reimbursement basis, but likely in two incremental lump sums, one at the beginning of Phase 1 and one awarded upon completion of Phase 1 deliverables.


Q: Our university currently partners with a health care organization to provide clinical services on campus at a student health clinic. This organization also operates a local hospital, urgent care and primary health services in the community. We are interested in having a practitioner from the organization serve as the community co-project director. Our hope is that the planning process of this grant would allow us to identify mental health and wellness service gaps for our students and provide an opportunity to connect other organizations in our community to meet our students’ needs. I am wondering if the pre-existing relationship with this organization precludes them from serving in that role.

A. The existing relationship with a community health care partner does not preclude their organization from serving in the community role for the purposes of this funding opportunity.