Community Voices for Health

2019 Call for Proposals

    Release Date: September 9, 2019 | Application Deadline: Mon, 7 Oct 2019


The overarching goal of this new initiative, Community Voices for Health, is to support ongoing ways for people to engage—to help their voices be a part of decisions around health care, social service, and public health systems; to support their efforts to solve problems; and to strengthen their community networks. We will award up to six grants, one per state, to lead organizations in 20 eligible states (see “Eligibility Criteria” below). Lead organizations should be public charities that are nonprofit community-based organizations or statewide networks of community-based organizations. Although the grant is awarded to one lead organization, each grantee will be expected to work with a range of partners and other stakeholders—such as public agencies; health care systems; public health departments and leaders; researchers; university-based centers; membership associations; and social service providers. 

The initiative seeks to learn from a range of approaches developed by community partners, and acknowledges there are many approaches to meeting the goal. This call for proposals therefore allows for some flexibility in key areas, such as the geographic or issue focus. Specifically, while the project might start by focusing on a single issue such as housing or mental health, it should be designed to produce an infrastructure that can take on other issues affecting people’s health. Proposals can be statewide in scope or focus on a community or metro region, as long as they connect residents with state-level decisions and/or establish infrastructure that could be adopted in many other locations across a state.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

All states face challenges with respect to increasing and sustaining engagement, but the nature of those challenges varies from state to state. To maximize learnings from this project, we took into consideration a number of factors designed to capture this diversity including, but not limited to, geography, demographics, and policy climate. Community Voices for Health grants are open to organizations based in and working in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.

While each collaborating organization should be described in detail in the proposal, only one organization may represent the collaboration and be the lead contact in the application process. The applicant/lead organization must be recognized as a public charity under Sections 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

In addition, the applicant/lead organization should have a demonstrated history of managing funds to support non-lobbying advocacy efforts or, a mix of lobbying and nonlobbying efforts. Applicants should also indicate whether they have an existing relationship with legal counsel with expertise in the lobbying and political activity restrictions that apply to public charities and private foundations.  A small portion of grant funds may be used to retain legal counsel with relevant expertise, if an applicant does not yet have counsel in place.

Key Dates

  • September 17, 2019 (3 p.m. ET)
    Optional Applicant web conference was held.  A recording of the web conference can be found here.  The slides from the web conference can be found here.
  • October 7, 2019 (3 p.m. ET)
    Deadline for receipt of full proposals.
  • Early December 2019
    Applicants notified of grant decisions.
  • January 15, 2020
    Grants begin.

Total Awards

RWF anticipates that:

  • Up to $3.96 million will be available under this CFP.
  • Project funding can be up to $660,000 to accommodate projects of 30 months.
  • If you have some other sources of funding for the work you propose, you may be eligible to receive a project grant rule award, which is not subject to lobbying restrictions. You will be asked to prepare a special budget workbook if you are selected as award finalist and are determined to be eligible to receive a project grant rule award.
  • Up to six grants will be awarded, no more than one per state.

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
October 07, 2019, 3:00 p.m. ET

Key Contacts

Matt Leighninger, vice president for engagement
Public Agenda