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Deadline: March 25, 2024

Voices for Healthy Kids: Policy Campaign Grants

Description: The Policy Campaign Grant Opportunity is designed to support strategic issue advocacy campaigns that advance equitable policies that make the places where kids and their families live, learn, and play healthier. Voices for Healthy Kids supports specific policy priorities – review the policies here.

Who we fund: Voices for Healthy Kids is evolving to improve the flow of funding to communities facing the greatest inequities and to work with community leaders and organizations that are making strides for change. We are committed to increasing funding to organizations and campaigns that demonstrate capacity to address issues impacting Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino/a, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, 1st generation immigrants, persons with disabilities, and families with low income.

Where we fund: Priority is given to communities experiencing the greatest inequities.

  • By trusting, supporting, and investing in the people and places experiencing the greatest inequities, we can remove barriers that stand in the way of healthy, thriving children and families everywhere.
  • While we learn a great deal through data, it is never the whole story.

Each community has unique strengths and challenges that aren’t reflected by numbers, and we welcome applicants to share information related to their own challenges and their qualifications for addressing disparate outcomes.

Community Power Building: Priority will be given to campaigns that build power for community change and exhibit an understanding of institutional barriers and systemic racism that impact childhood wellness and foster equity.

Collaboration: Voices for Healthy Kids believes campaigns are most successful through collaboration between community organizations, advocacy groups, coalitions and others.

  • The Policy Campaign grant is a collaborative opportunity.
  • All applications are expected to be submitted as a joint proposals of two or more organizations, either as co-lead and/or subgrant.

Voices for Healthy Kids values authentic community engagement and equity-building strategies in all aspects of supported campaigns. Organizations would ideally be representative of the following populations: Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino/a, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, 1st generation immigrants, persons with disabilities, and families with low income.

Amount: $50,000 – $200,000

Eligibility: *To be eligible as a Lead, Co-Lead or Subgrant applicant organization, an organization must:

  • have tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) as a public charity or under section 501(c)(4);
  • have a fiscal sponsor that is a section 501(c)(3) public charity or a section 501(c)(4) organization;
  • be a federally recognized Indian tribe or a subdivision of a tribe.

Grant requirements include the ability to conduct lobbying activities as defined by the Internal Revenue Code. Section 501(c)(3) public charities are able to lobby; however, if your organization is restricted or prohibited from conducting lobbying activities by your leadership/board of directors, you are not eligible for this grant.

Consult your legal counsel for guidance on lobbying. In general, lobbying includes: communicating directly with legislators on specific legislation concerning your views on such legislation, or, communicating to the public on specific legislation concerning your views on legislation and asking them to take action.

Link: https://voicesforhealthykids.org/campaign-resources/grants?tab=policy-campaign-opportunity


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