Faith-Based Advocacy Program to End Childhood Obesity

Posted by on July 21, 2008

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Launches Faith-Based Advocacy Program to End Childhood Obesity
Deadline: July 25, 2008

Through this solicitation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ( is interested in supporting faith-based coalitions to advance community policies or environmental changes that improve access to healthy foods and/or opportunities for physical activity. The foundation is particularly interested in efforts that reach children at greatest risk for obesity, including African American, Latino, Native American, Asian American and Pacific Islander children who live in low-income communities or communities with limited access to affordable healthy foods and/or safe opportunities for physical activity.

Eligibility will be limited to applicants who are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; include coalitions of congregations or partnerships of faith-based organizations; have at least two years of experience in policy advocacy to promote social change; have an operating budget of at least $350,000 per year; and are based in the U.S. or its territories.

Proposals will be selected on the basis of organizational or coalition strength; potential to increase the availability of affordable healthy foods and/or access to safe places to play; likelihood the project will reach children who are at highest risk for obesity; and likelihood that the effort can continue over time without additional resources.

Approximately twenty to twenty-five grants will be awarded. Each grantee will receive up to $225,000 for twenty-four months. All grants will be twenty-four months in duration.

The complete Call for Proposals is available at the RWJF Web site.

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