Grant Opportunities

The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are working to create a culture of health with the Voices for Healthy Kids initiative. Through this collaboration, and in partnership with a team of experts across the healthy eating and active living movement, the initiative aims to engage, organize, and mobilize people to help all children grow up at a healthy weight. Voices for Healthy Kids will advance coordinated state, local, and tribal public policy issue advocacy campaigns focused on healthy eating and active living, and will utilize the American Heart Association’s proven advocacy capacity to drive meaningful and widespread policy change.

The goal of the grant opportunities within this initiative is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. Voices for Healthy Kids is focusing efforts in schools, community, and out-of-school time/early care and education. Applications should support at least one Voices for Healthy Kids Policy Lever.

The following are the Voices for Healthy Kids grant opportunities and timeline for funding:

Overall Timeline for Voices for Healthy Kids Grant Making for 2016–2017

  • New Open RFA grants
  • Supplemental grants
  • Incubator grants

Open Call for Applications

Application Due Date

Notification of Award or Declination             

Grant Opportunity

August 4, 2016
August 19, 2016
September 30, 2016
August 4, 2016
September 1, 2016
October 19, 2016
Open RFA
November 18, 2016
December 15, 2016
On or around February 1, 2017
Open RFA and Supplemental
Awarding viable policy campaigns for the 2017 session.
March 1, 2017
March 31, 2017 – 5pm Eastern
On or around May 5, 2017
June 12, 2017
July 21, 2017 – 5pm PST
On our around August 31, 2017
Open RFA, Supplemental and Incubator

Now Live: Online Grant Management System

Voices for Healthy Kids has launched a new online grant management system. All applications will be submitted in this system and registration is required.  Please follow these simple steps to register:

  • If you have not been funded by Voices for Healthy Kids, access the new Grant Management System, read the New to the Grants Management System instructions and click on the link Create an Account Now.
  • If you are a current or previous funded grantee, access the new Grant Management System, and click on forgot my password, enter in your email address and submit. If you were the primary contact for the grant you will receive your password via email. If not please complete the steps above for creating an account.

You must register in the system to access the application materials. It may take up to 2 business days for your registration to be approved.

Call for Applications 101 Webinar

This Call for Application 101 webinar recording will assist potential applicants in preparing Open RFA, Supplemental or Incubator applications.  The recording has been segmented into three easy to view videos.

Application and Submission: Review the funding opportunities, eligibility requirements, online grant management system and application requirements.

Model Campaign Planning Tool: This recording reviews the Model Campaign Planning tool (required for Open RFA/Supplemental Applications).

Building Health Equity into your Campaign Plan: This recorded session discusses the integration of Health Equity into your campaign plan.

Open RFA

Strategic Campaign Funds Open RFA opportunity aims to fund strategic issue advocacy campaigns focused on helping kids grow up at a healthy weight through state, local, and tribal public policy campaigns. The duration of these grants will vary but will generally be one year or less. Awards of up to $90,000 are available. Applications must be specific to an individual campaign focused on changing public policy in one state, local, or tribal geographic location and must align with one of the Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities.

Incubator Grants

Voices for Healthy Kids has made a commitment to ensure that we reach those populations most adversely affected by childhood obesity and has integrated a broad-based health equity approach throughout the design of our initiative. The purpose of this Strategic Campaign Fund Incubator opportunity is to support innovative advocacy approaches that align with Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities. Incubator Opportunities should identify additional partners and strategies through the empowered engagement of populations most impacted by childhood obesity. All grants awarded within this opportunity will be 100% non-lobbying funding. Applications must align with the Voices for Healthy Kids’ policy priorities.

Strategically Directed Tools

Strategically Directed Tools award opportunities are intended to support lobbying activities related to a strategic issue advocacy campaign focused on helping kids grow up at a healthy weight at the state, local, and tribal level. Applications and campaigns must align with the Voices for Healthy Kids’ policy priorities. Funding requests may range from $20,000 to $80,000, and the duration of the grants will vary.