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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Community Voices for Health

Deadline: October 7, 2019

The overarching goal of the Community Voices for Health initiative is to support ongoing ways for people to engage—to help their voices be a part of decisions around health care, social service, and public health systems; to support their efforts to solve problems; and to strengthen their community networks.

The initiative seeks to learn from a range of approaches developed by community partners, and acknowledges there are many approaches to meeting the goal. This call for proposals therefore allows for some flexibility in key areas, such as the geographic or issue focus. Specifically, while the project might start by focusing on a single issue such as housing or mental health, it should be designed to produce an infrastructure that can take on other issues affecting people’s health. Proposals can be statewide in scope or focus on a community or metro region, as long as they connect residents with state-level decisions and/or establish infrastructure that could be adopted in many other locations across a state.

Amount: Up to $3,960,000 is available to fund up to six grants, no more than one per state. Project funding can be up to $660,000 to accommodate projects of 30 months.

Eligibility: Lead organizations should be public charities that are nonprofit community-based organizations or statewide networks of community-based organizations. Grants are open to organizations working in 20 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.

The applicant/lead organization should have a demonstrated history of managing funds to support non-lobbying advocacy efforts or, a mix of lobbying and non-lobbying efforts. Applicants should also indicate whether they have an existing relationship with legal counsel with expertise in the lobbying and political activity restrictions that apply to public charities and private foundations.

Although the grant is awarded to one lead organization, each grantee will be expected to work with a range of partners and other stakeholders—such as public agencies; health care systems; public health departments and leaders; researchers; university-based centers; membership associations; and social service providers.

Link: https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2019/community-voices-for-health.html?rid=0034400001rm5IjAAI&et_cid=1822441

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