Through this funding opportunity, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seeks to develop and amplify the evidence around a set of approaches that improve community health and well-being and advance health equity, while also addressing climate change adaptation or mitigation. Eligible, local approaches can focus on one or more of a range of determinants of health—including, but not limited to: air quality; energy sources; transportation or mobility design; food and water systems; housing; and health systems. Proposals should specify the determinants of health that the given approach is addressing, and the expected impact on health and well-being. Grant funds will support research and evaluation activities to develop the best possible evidence highlighting what is working well with the select approach and why; where there have been opportunities and challenges; and how other communities may learn from this approach to tackle similar challenges. *All interventions eligible for this funding must have been implemented and active for at least one year as of the date of the application.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
- Proposals must discuss approaches focused in one or more geographically defined communities.
- The community or organization implementing the approaches to address the health impacts of climate change, while improving health equity, must serve as the primary applicant (Project Director), and will be the prime recipient of funds. Individuals from collaborating organizations (e.g. research partner) can serve as the co-Project Director.
- Eligible applicant organizations include public and private nonprofit organizations, federally or state-recognized Indian tribal governments, indigenous organizations, local government, and academic institutions.
- Preference will be given to applicant organizations 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. The Foundation may require additional documentation.
- Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
- Only one proposal may be submitted per applicant organization.
RWJF encourages applicant organizations representing diverse geographic areas, first time-applicants, and communities that are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change to apply.
Monday, January 7, 2019 (3:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET)
The first of two optional applicant webinars to provide an overview of the program and an opportunity to ask questions that are general in nature. The second webinar (see below) will be a repeat of the first. To access the audio and webinar, click here.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (8:00 - 9:30 p.m. ET) This optional webinar was a repeat of the first applicant webinar that provided an overview of the program and an opportunity to ask general questions related to the funding opportunity. To access the recording of the January 15th webinar, click here.
February 8, 2019 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of brief proposals.
March 6, 2019
Selection of semi-finalists; notification of invitations to submit full proposals.
April 3, 2019 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full proposals.
May 2, 2019
Selection of finalists; notification of invitation to participate in a site visit interview.
May 6, 2019 – May 20, 2019
Site visits conducted.
May 31, 2019
Selection of recommended grants; notification of decisions.
July 15, 2019
Approximate grant start date.
- Up to eight awards will be made through this funding opportunity.
- Proposals may request a budget of up to and including $350,000 each, for a project duration of up to and including 24 months.
- Grant funds will support only research and evaluation activities and some communication and dissemination efforts; funds may not be used to develop or implement a new intervention, program, or approach.