7 March 2013

Funding available to support health impact assessments (HIAs) in Minnesota, USA

Three grants of up to US$100,000 is available for conducting HIAs in Minnesota.

Brief proposals are due by Wednesday, May 15 2013.

Who Can Apply 
The primary purpose of this project is to develop the capacity of Minnesota organizations to conduct HIAs. Eligible applicant organizations must be located in Minnesota and include: 
  • state, tribal, or local agencies; 
  • tax-exempt educational institutions; 
  • tax-exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (including public charities and private foundations).
Applicants need not have experience with HIA to apply. They should have knowledge of the decision-making process that they aim to inform and the ability to communicate effectively with all of the stakeholders, including individuals and organizations that will be affected by the decision, elected officials, and agency staff. Grantees will receive training, mentoring, and technical assistance from the Health Impact Project and leading HIA experts.

Key Dates
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Request for proposals announced

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 5:00 p.m. CT      
Brief proposals due 

Friday, May 31, 2013     
Notification of full proposal invitation

Monday, July 1, 2013, 5:00 p.m. CT      
Full proposals due through online application system

August 2013     
Anticipated start date for selected projects

September 23, 2013     
Grantee meeting

September 24-25, 2013      
National Health Impact Assessment Meeting

August 2014      
Anticipated end date for selected projects

Selection Criteria
All full proposals will be screened for eligibility and then assessed by a committee composed of Health Impact Project staff, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation staff, and expert, external reviewers. 

Selection will be based on the following: 
  • Whether the HIA will inform a decision for a proposed policy, program, or project that is under active consideration. The proposals must address decisions that can be reasonably anticipated within or shortly following the grant period;
  • Significance of the pending policy, program, or project decision to health and health equity; 
  • A strong plan for engaging key stakeholders—community members and community-based organizations, decision-makers, relevant public agencies and leaders, and others—at each step of the HIA;
  • A clear outline for disseminating the findings and supporting the adoption and implementation of the HIA recommendations;
  • Potential for the HIA to add to the decision-making process by addressing health issues that are not already known or may not be immediately obvious, by analyzing and clarifying complex health effects, by identifying any differential impacts on vulnerable populations, and by generating health-based recommendations not already under consideration;
  • The potential for the HIA to build new and enduring partnerships between public health organizations and nonhealth sectors such that health will be more regularly factored into future decisions;
  • A well thought-out staffing plan with adequate staff time and commitment of senior leadership;
  • Reasonableness of proposed budget and project timeline.

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