Communities Creating Healthy Environments

Posted by on February 2, 2009

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Offers Funding to Help Communities Prevent Childhood Obesity

Deadline: February 26, 2009 (Brief Proposals)

Communities Creating Healthy Environments is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ( that aims to prevent childhood obesity by increasing access to healthy foods and safe places to play in communities of color. The program is designed to advance RWJF’s efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015 by supporting diverse, community-based organizations and federally chartered tribal nations in the development and implementation of effective, culturally competent policy initiatives that address childhood obesity at the local level.

Through this call for proposals, RWJF will award grants for policy advocacy designed to improve food and recreation environments in up to ten communities at high risk for obesity. Eligible applicants must have a track record of at least two years of successful community organizing and policy advocacy that addresses health-related problems in communities of color. Both the leadership and membership of any applicant organization should reflect the communities they seek to serve. Youth-led organizing groups and community-based groups with youth- organizing components are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must secure a cash match of at least 10 percent. Organizations that currently receive funding from an industry, corporation, business, or other entity or subsidiary of an entity that markets low-nutrition food and/or beverage products to youth are not eligible to apply.

A total of up to $2.5 million will be awarded in this round of funding. Awards are for a total of up to $250,000 per site over a three-year period.

Visit the RWJF Web site for complete program information.

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