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Deadline: March 19, 2019

Kresge Foundation: Community Based Climate Change, Health, and Equity Strategy

Kresge Foundation’s Climate Change, Health, and Equity (CCHE) Initiative is a community-based strategy that is anchored by a multi-year effort that seeks to strengthen the leadership and effectiveness of community organizations working to implement policies and practices that improve climate resilience and reduce health risks equitably. CCHE includes three distinct, but aligned strategies that seek to: (1) build the capacity of health care and public health institutions as leaders in promoting climate resilience and advocating for beneficial climate policies; (2) shift the practice of health care and public health practitioners so they engage in climate advocacy, influence public policy efforts important to climate resilience, and incorporate climate change into their practice; and (3) strengthen the leadership of community-based advocates to accelerate the implementation of policies that improve climate resilience and reduce health risks equitably.

The current funding opportunity is for the planning phase of strategy 3, which is focused on strengthening community-based leadership. The Foundation will support community-based organizations seeking to accelerate work at the intersection of climate change, health, and equity in urban U.S. communities. CCHE is intended to strengthen leadership among community-based advocates to accelerate implementation of policies that advance climate resilience and that reduce health risks while putting equity at the center. Kresge will prioritize funding to sites that have an opportunity to influence climate- and health-related public-led processes that:

  • Minimize disproportionate impacts of climate change
  • Improve opportunities for health in low-income, urban communities
  • Have existing (or developing) collaborations among climate advocates, health professionals or practitioners, and people in other relevant fields
  • Have a successful track record of accountability to community priorities and advancing equitable outcomes in historically underserved communities

The community-based strategy will be managed in two phases: a 14-month planning phase and a three-year implementation phase.

Amount: Planning grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded for a 14-month period.

Eligibility: Applicants must be working as part of a multi-disciplinary partnership to apply. One organization from the partnership will serve as the lead applicant. Lead applicants:

  • Must be a 501(c)3 or a fiscally-sponsored organization. Note that: 1) Urban Tribal Organizations and Native American-serving organizations are eligible and are strongly encouraged to apply; and 2) Universities and/or governmental entities are not eligible to apply as the lead applicant, but can serve as a partner organization.
  • Should be representative of the communities in which they work and have a track record of demonstrated commitment and success working in low-income, urban communities.
  • Must have climate or health expertise with a history of equity-focused work.
  • Should have existing or developing partnerships across the climate change, health, and equity fields.
  • Must have an annual operating budget above $275,000.
  • Must have the ability to manage the full grant amount and subcontract grant dollars to any partner organizations.

Strong preference to organizations that:

  • Have people of color and/or Native or Indigenous persons in leadership roles
  • Deliver multiple outcomes for historically underserved community residents (e.g., improved climate resilience, health benefits, economic opportunity, new community amenities, and/or improved quality of life)
  • Are engaged in or planning to engage in specific, public sector-led policy change efforts to address climate change and health that present an opportunity for influence (e.g., local, regional and/or state plans focused on climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, extreme weather event preparedness, public health, transportation planning, and/or urban sustainability)
  • Demonstrate a commitment to advancing a comprehensive approach to climate resilience that addresses climate mitigation, climate adaptation, and social cohesion

Link: https://kresge.org/library/request-proposals-community-based-climate-change-health-equity-strategy


  • Applicants that have not previously applied for grant funding from The Kresge Foundation must create an account by March 5, 2019 to begin their application online (see solicitation for more details)
  • An informational webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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