New Jersey Health Initiatives: Upstream Action Acceleration

2018 Call for Proposals

    Release Date: January 18, 2018 | Application Deadline: Thu, 1 Mar 2018


The goal of NJHI: Upstream Action Acceleration is to support existing cross-sector coalitions to adopt and implement “upstream” environmental-, policy- and systems-change strategies, and accelerate their work in areas they have already identified as priorities to improve community health. By upstream, we mean working with all community stakeholders to address the factors that influence health prior to the onset of disease and illness. These factors include: income, employment, education, early childhood development, housing, nutrition and the built environment. Accordingly, areas of focus for proposed action acceleration might include, but are not limited to: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs); New Sector Engagement (e.g., business, library, law enforcement); Effective Use of Data Tools and Resources to Guide Actions; Civic Engagement; Environment/Open Space; Medical-Legal Partnerships; and Transportation.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Applicant organizations must be located in New Jersey. 
  • Applications for this initiative must represent a community-focused coalition. For the purpose of this initiative, a community could be a town, township, municipality, city or county.
  • Applicants must be part of an existing coalition that has a track record of working to address community health priorities.
  • Applicant organizations must be 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 non-functionally integrated Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation as part of its due diligence process.
  • Examples of applicant organizations include, but are not limited to: local health and human service agencies; K–12 education; colleges and universities; hospital systems; faith-based organizations; local government; government agencies or departments; nonprofits; or other eligible entities interested in making lasting changes to build a Culture of Health in their communities. While the applicant organization will be one entity, grant funding is intended to support the strategies and work of the coalition. The applicant organization may serve as a fiscal sponsor for the coalition. If applicable, the applicant should review and sign a fiscal sponsor letter (included in the online application), which outlines the expectations of fiscal sponsors.

Key Dates

January 18, 2018
Call for proposals announced.

February 2, 2018 (11 a.m.–12 p.m. ET)
Optional applicant webinar. Registration is required; visit for details and to register.

March 1, 2018 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of brief proposals.

March 28, 2018
Applicants notified if invited to submit full proposals (Phase 2).

May 23, 2018 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full proposals.

Early July 2018
Phase 2 applicants notified if invited to final selection and site visit phase.

Mid-July–August 2018
Site visits with selected applicants.

October 2018
Notification of awards.

December 1, 2018
Start of grants.

Total Awards

  • Up to 16 awards will be made through this initiative.
  • Grants of up to $100,000 each will be awarded.
  • Grant duration will be two years.
  • Grants will begin on December 1, 2018.

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
March 01, 2018, 3:00 p.m. ET

Key Contacts

New Jersey Health Initiatives
Phone: (856) 225-6733

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