Rural Learning & Coordinating Center Advancing Health Equity Through Social & Economic Opportunity

2019 Call for Proposals

    Release Date: May 1, 2019 | Application Deadline: Wed, 22 May 2019


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Healthy Communities theme is interested in identifying and funding a Rural Learning and Coordinating Center (Center) (final name TBD) to work alongside RWJF, rural communities, and others in the field committed to improving rural health equity and well-being in our nation. The Center will provide systematic learning and coordination across those working nationally and regionally to advance social and economic conditions in rural communities, which ultimately lead to better health and well-being. To this end, the Center will look to better connect the work happening to improve community conditions for better health in rural America; advance the research and evidence that can support this work; and identify policy and systems solutions that support change in rural places given their unique assets and challenges.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Preference will be given to applicants 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.
  • Awards will be made to an organization, not to an individual. Two or more organizations may partner to serve as the Center, with one organization serving as the lead and engaging the other organization(s) through a subcontract or grant.

Key Dates

May 13, 2019 (11 a.m.–12 p.m. ET)
Applicant question and answer webinar. To listen to the webinar click here.  Please note:  There were no slides used in this webinar, it was audio only.

May 22, 2019 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of statements of qualifications.

June 3, 2019
Full proposals invited.

June 7, 2019 (2–3 p.m. ET)
Full proposal informational webinar (only for those invited to submit full proposals). Invited applicants may attend through this link.  Registration is not required.

June 24, 2019 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full proposals.

September 15, 2019
Planned grant start date.

Total Awards

  • A single grant of up to $2 million will be awarded through this call for proposals.
  • The grant is for a funding period of 24 months, with likelihood of renewal dependent upon the quality of activities and deliverables and ongoing alignment with RWJF priorities.

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
May 22, 2019, 3:00 p.m. ET

Key Contacts

For programmatic assistance, please contact:

Katrina Badger, MPH, MSW, program officer
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For technical assistance, please contact:

Carole Salinger, national program services associate
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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