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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is looking to award grands of up to $350,000 for up to eight projects that are improving community health and advancing health equity, while also addressing climate change adaptation or mitigation.

Grant funds will support research and evaluation of the project, with some funds allocated to communication and dissemination efforts to share findings and lessons learned broadly.


Through this funding opportunity, 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.

Please note the application deadline is February 8, 2019, 3:00 PM ET.

If you are interested in applying please contact Stephany Alvarez-Ventura and Jill Bassett.