Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks offering end-of-life care grants

The Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks currently is accepting applications for its 2015 grant program, and are requesting proposals for initiatives and innovative programs that support, address, and enhance end of life care in southwest Missouri.

The goal of the HFO 2015 grant program is to seek out and fund projects and programs which will promote our vision that

“Every person and family in the Ozarks region faced with an end of life illness would be aware of and have access to dignity, comfort and compassion in an environment of their choice.”

As a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association, the Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks works to support and carry out this mission:

“to lead and mobilize social change for improved care at the end of life.”

The purpose of this letter is to encourage your organization to submit a grant request that will strengthen end of life care and education in southwest Missouri and will advance the above mission and vision.

Toward this goal, the Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks is interested in, but not limited to, funding programs that:

  • Train staff and volunteers to stay on the leading edge of hospice and palliative care concepts
  • Provide education that increases professional skill and expertise in end of life care
  • Address topics relevant to current end of life practices
  • Prepare future leaders to recognize the importance of end of life issues
  • Reach out to patients and families to inform them about options for care at end of life and develop a plan to ensure their wishes are honored
  • Urge individuals to voice end of life decisions to family, friends, clergy and health care providers
  • Enhance the various disciplines that constitute hospice and palliative care (allied therapies, bereavement, social work, spiritual caregiving, companion service, volunteers/volunteer management)
  • Support and enhance the interdisciplinary team approach of which hospice and palliative care is known
  • Create and distribute educational resources, such as brochures, books and videos for patients and families facing end of life
  • Offer community education that provides information about end of life resources available in the Ozarks
  • Develop conferences for professionals that work with individuals and families facing serious illness, death and grief.
  • Encourage healthcare systems and providers to discuss hospice and palliative care earlier in the disease process.
  • Develop modern and innovative concepts that improve care at end of life

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, a one page maximum concept letter is required by May 29, 2015.  A concept letter should provide a brief summary of the proposed project, and will enable the Foundation to assess how well the proposed project fits with the Foundation’s interests.

Directions and requirements of the concept letter can be downloaded here.  Organizations invited to submit a full proposal will be notified by July 1, 2015, with full proposals due by September 30, 2015.

If you need additional information contacthospiceozarksfoundation@gmail.com or 417-343-7329.

For more information about HFO, its programs and past grant support, please visit the website at www.hospiceozarks.org