New Jersey Health Initiative

Posted by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on November 21, 2016

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Issues RFP for New Jersey Health Initiative

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals for the second round of its NJHI: Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey: Next Generation Community Leaders.

The aim of the program is to provide communities with the resources and tools needed to engage teams of ten to fifteen youth and build their skills and capacity to become future leaders. To that end, the program works to develop civic engagement and leadership skills, engage youth in meaningful summer employment, foster youth civic engagement, and administer and promote an alumni network of program graduates.

Through the program, up to ten organizations will be awarded grants of up to $200,000 over three years to support youth (e.g., stipends for training, summer employment, honoraria for youth advisory board participation). Grant funds also can be used to train and support the adults who will be working as coaches with the youth over the course of the initiative. Organizations will be expected to recruit and identify two cohorts of ten to fifteen high school-aged participants to engage with a curriculum that includes structured exercises and team-building and leadership development activities designed to expand their capacities for effective action in their communities.

To be eligible, applicant organizations must be based in New Jersey. Examples of applicant organizations include but are not limited to educational institutions, scouting organizations, 4-H clubs, police explorers, faith-based organizations, community-based nonprofits, or other eligible entities that have a demonstrated history of working successfully to provide young people with the skills needed to become healthy, active, productive adults.

Applicants must demonstrate a relationship and commitment to working with both municipal government and a multisectoral, community-focused coalition. In addition, applicants must be either a public entity or a nonprofit organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The foundation will be conduction optional web conference calls on December 8 and 14, 2016. Registration for the call is required.

See the NJHI website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.


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