The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has a new grant opportunity to implement policy or systems changes around specific social and economic factors. The 2012 Roadmaps to Health Community Grants call for proposals is now available. The deadline for proposals is May 2, and an informational webinar will be held on April 10.
Roadmaps to Health 2012 Call for Grant Applications
The grants, which will support two-year state and local efforts among policymakers, business, education, health care, public health and community organizations, will be managed by Community Catalyst and are part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). Up to 20 coalitions will be awarded grants to create policy or system change to address the social and economic factors that impact the health of people in their community.
The grantees will build on the RWJF/UWPHI County Health Rankings model, which highlights the critical role that factors such as education, jobs, income, community safety and having positive family and community networks in influencing how healthy people are and how long they live. The Roadmaps to Health grantees will focus on addressing those factors to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play.
See the Call for Proposals.
Community Catalyst will also be holding two webinars to help potential applicants learn more about the Roadmaps to Health Community Grants on March 20 and April 10.
Some Background: The Roadmaps to Health Community Grants program (Community Grants) will support communities to implement policy or system changes to address one of the social or economic factors that, as defined by the County Health Rankings, most strongly influence health outcomes in their community. These include: education; employment and income; family and social support; and community safety. Grantees will be organizations that participate in established coalitions or networks that span multiple sectors and perspectives and may include representatives from business; education; public health; health care; community organizations; community members; policy advocates; foundations; and policy-makers. Applicants must engage community members in the planning and implementation of projects, and must collaborate with organizations having expertise in improving the health of the public. Applicants must secure 100 percent matching support, including a cash match of at least 50 percent with the balance as in-kind support.