Policies to Build and Sustain Economic Security and Wealth for Families and Communities of Color

2022 P4A Call for Proposals

    Release Date: July 13, 2022 | Application Deadline: Wed, 7 Sep 2022


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is committed to building a Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. Racial disparities in COVID-19 infections and deaths have brought to the forefront well-documented and longstanding inequities in family and community wealth and opportunity. Upending centuries of policy decisions that perpetuated racism will require significant transformation to elevate the voices of communities historically excluded from decision-making.

RWJF funds research that can move policy toward the goals of dismantling structural racism and promoting health equity. In 2015, RWJF launched the Policies for Action (P4A) research program to support public and private-sector policy research that builds understanding on how economic, social, and health policies advance health and racial equity.

Any systematic approach to eliminating the racial wealth gap requires transformative policies focused on bolstering long-term family and community income streams and building and sustaining generational family and community wealth in Black, Indigenous, Latino, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and other communities of color. The goal of this P4A call for proposals is to build the evidence base investigating how national, state, local, or private-sector policies and practices can reduce growing levels of racial inequality in wealth, and significantly improve the financial wellbeing and economic security of families and communities that have been systematically subject to disinvestment, and therefore are unable to enjoy a fair and just opportunity to be healthy.

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 organizations, not to individuals.
  • We welcome applications from all investigators. The following are especially encouraged to apply:
    • community-led or community-partnered research teams;
    • investigators from diverse backgrounds or with diverse life experiences (e.g., race,gender, class origin/first generation college status, LGBTQI, disability, ethnicity, national origin);
    • investigators from a wide range of disciplines;
    • interdisciplinary research teams; or
    • first-time applicants for an RWJF grant.

Key Dates

July 26, 2022 (1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET)
Optional applicant webinar. Registration is required through this link.

September 7, 2022 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of letters of intent.

February 1, 2023 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full proposals.

Total Awards

  • $2 million to $2.5 million will be awarded through this CFP.
  • We recommend that you request the amount of funding you will need to complete your proposed research project and to translate and disseminate the results.
  • The size of the budget will be weighed in relation to the importance and likely contribution of the proposed research.
  • Grants are typically funded for a duration of 24 months and have ranged from $30,000- $450,0000.
  • The grant opportunity outlined in this call for proposals is contingent upon final funding confirmation from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for such grants.

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
September 07, 2022, 3:00 p.m. ET

Key Contacts

Policies for Action National Coordinating Center
at the Urban Institute

Email: policies4action@urban.org 

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