11 July 2012

Good news for HIA practitioners in the US: Funding opportunities from @RWJF



The new call for proposals will support two kinds of awards:
Demonstration project grantsGrants of up to $75,000 will each fund a single HIA to inform a specific upcoming decision on a proposed policy, program, plan, or project. Applicants proposing innovative topics for an HIA, those with strong plans for engaging stakeholders (including community members, policymakers, and industry), and those seeking to work in states or regions that have seen relatively little HIA activity to date will receive preference. Prior HIA experience is not required; the Health Impact Project will provide training and technical assistance to all grantees throughout each grant. 
For more information about current locations and the decisions the HIAs are informing, please see the map of HIA activity in the United States. 
HIA program grantsAwards of up to $250,000 will allow organizations with prior experience to conduct at least two new HIAs and to implement a plan that establishes the relationships, systems, and funding mechanisms needed to maintain a stable, self-supporting HIA program that endures beyond the conclusion of the grant period.
The Health Impact Project will host three webinars for potential applicants. Registration is required for all webinar attendees. Early response is encouraged, as participation will be limited.
  • August 1
  • – General information for all interested applicants.
  • August 7
  •  – Information on the “Screening” stage of HIA. This call will help demonstration grant applicants define an appropriate decision-making target for the HIA.
  • August 15
  •  – General information web conference call for interested HIA program applicants. 
Grants will support government agencies, educational organizations, or non-profits. Applications are due in September. The call will support up to eight demonstration project grants, including three in Minnesota through the support from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, and three HIA program grants.  
During the previous call for proposals, additional resources from other funders expanded the number of grants available. In the event that the number of grants available for this call for proposals increases, that information, including details such as the topics or geographic regions, will be communicated via the Health Impact Project funding opportunity page and this e-newsletter. 
Please also see the CFP landing page for a list of Frequently Asked Questions, webinar registration, application site, details about eligibility, and other resources.