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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Community Power – Increasing Understanding of Base-Building Methods

Deadline: September 24, 2019

The Community Power: Increasing Understanding of Base-Building Methods (Community Power) initiative will support research projects to build an understanding of the range of methods applied in innovative and effective community base-building that result in changes to community-level social, economic, and physical conditions that influence health and equity. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is seeking to fund research projects designed to retrospectively examine various methods resulting in innovative and effective community base-building. Base-building is a set of strategies and activities used by residents, workers, consumers, and other constituencies to build collective strength and power to address a variety of inequitable conditions in communities. Base-building has been utilized for generations by grassroots-led organizations and institutions to build power specifically in historically excluded or underrepresented populations.

The Community Power initiative will support research proposals whose project teams will participate alongside other field and research experts in the RWJF Lead Local program, which is exploring the question: How does community power catalyze, create, and sustain conditions for healthy communities? Community base-building methods vary across geographic areas and across racial, ethnic, and other demographic groups. RWJF seeks to understand community-identified innovations that lead to meaningful and effective community base-building. The proposed research projects are not intended to build understanding of methodologies applied to other critical approaches to achieve systems change, including policy advocacy, coalition-building, communications, or organizational development.

Amount: A total of $1,000,000 is available to make awards that range from $200,000-$250,000. Projects ideally will be 18 months in duration with the potential to extend to 24 months if needed.

Eligibility: Applicants may include nonprofit organizations and nongovernmental organizations as members of the proposed collaboration between grassroots-led organization(s) and researcher(s). Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. Organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.

Link: https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2019/community-power

Note: An informational webinar will be held on September 9, 2019. See website for registration details.

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