Grants and Grant Programs

At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we believe that good health and health care are fundamental measures of our success as a nation.


In support of this belief, we fund program and policy initiatives in four areas which are each critical to health equity—enabling everyone in our nation to live a healthier life:

Health Systems

Catalyzing fundamental changes in health and health care systems to achieve measurably better outcomes for all.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Weight

Enabling all children to attain their optimal physical, social and emotional well-being, including growing up at a healthy weight.

Healthy Communities

Creating the conditions that allow communities and their residents to reach their greatest health potential.

Health Leadership

Engaging a diverse array of leaders in all sectors with the vision, experience, and drive to help build a Culture of Health.

Connected with these objectives, we fund a wide range of activities, including but not limited to:

  • Planning and demonstration projects
  • Research and evaluations
  • Policy and statistical analysis
  • Learning networks and communities
  • Public education and strategic communications
  • Community engagement and coalition-building
  • Training and fellowship programs
  • Technical assistance

In general, the activities we support are carried out by public agencies, universities, and public charities that are tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. While we are focused on a healthier U.S., we also fund grants that help us learn from and adapt global innovations.

How We Develop and Administer Grant Programs

In general, our grant programs are developed by RWJF program staff, in consultation with leading experts in our fields of interest, and with guidance and final approval from our board of trustees.

In many cases, we issue a competitive call for proposals (CFP) which defines the chall