Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Solutions That Address Issues of Health, Equity, and Climate Change – May 28

Posted on April 21, 2020

RWJF Invites Solutions That Address Issues of Health, Equity, and Climate Change

Cities around the world are taking meaningful action to advance health equity by designing solutions that benefit the health of people and our planet.

Through a new $3 million funding opportunity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks to bring the most impactful ideas from across the globe to U.S. cities to address the intertwined issues of health, equity, and climate change.

The foundation seeks proposals that foster learning and stimulate action in U.S. cities around effective approaches from abroad that mitigate the unequal health risks posed by climate change. Specifically, it is seeking proposals that explore changes in city planning, policies, and programs that address buildings and energy; land use and urban planning; transportation; waste; food systems and food security; and air quality.

The foundation seeks applicants who represent organizations from a wide range of fields and disciplines — both within and outside the health/public health sector — and encourages proposals from both U.S.-based applicants interested in adopting or adapting a successful approach from outside the United States, and from non-U.S.-based applicants with a successful approach that could work in the United States. The foundation encourages proposals from teams that include both U.S.-based and non-U.S.-based members and seeks to attract diversity of thought, professional background, race, ethnicity, life experience, and cultural perspective in the applicant pool.

Proposals must be based on a successful approach from a non-U.S. city(ies), region, or global city network. Applicants need not have an existing relationship with the non-U.S. city(ies), region, or network in which the approach has been implemented. However, applicants must have an established relationship with the U.S. city(ies) in which the proposed project will take place and be the prime recipient of funds. The project director should be affiliated with the applicant organization, although an individual from a collaborating organization (e.g., community organization, research partner) may serve as the co-project director.

Applicants may be based almost anywhere in the world; however, the foundation will only fund proposals that demonstrate clear applicability to the United States and propose work in a U.S. city(ies).

Awards will be made to organizations, not individuals. Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities (e.g., city department of health, city planning department), public charities, or nongovernmental organizations. Applicants not representing city government will be required to submit a letter of support from the head of the U.S. city department with whom the applicant will most closely work.

Up to $3 million will be available through this funding opportunity. The funding period will be thirty months in duration (2.5 years) and will include a brief planning period, implementation, and dissemination/communication activities, as well as active participation in a learning network. The proposed budget should be appropriate to the scope of work, but no more than $600,000 for the project period. RWJF is interested in supporting a portfolio of projects that, together, represent an array of action areas and a range of budgets commensurate with grantees’ expected activities.

For additional information, including eligibility, selection criteria, and key dates, see the Robert Johnson Foundation website.

Deadline: May 28, 2020

Learn more and apply: https://www.rwjf.org/content/rwjf/en/library/funding-opportunities/2020/global-ideas-for-us-solutions-cities-taking-action-to-address-health-equity-and-climate-change.html


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