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, as well as 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.

Voices for Healthy Kids current funding schedule:

This will be the last open call for applications until June 2019.  We will post the future application deadlines this spring.

Call for Applications Application Deadline Notification of Award/Decline
December 3, 2018 January 11, 2019 February 15, 2019

Online Grant Management System

All applications are submitted through the Voices for Healthy Kids online grant management 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.

Application Preparation Webinars

Voices for Healthy Kids is committed to supporting applicants in developing strong campaign plans that align with our policy efforts. We have several webinar recordings to assist potential applicants in preparing Policy Campaign Grant (formerly called Open RFA)/ Supplemental or Incubator Applications.

Application and Submission: Review the funding opportunities, eligibility requirements, online grant management system and application requirements. – Coming Soon to reflect recent changes.

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

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

Securing Funding to Support Policy Goals: This pre-application training video for potential applicants will help you focus on the strategic planning you need to securing funding to support your policy goals as you plan your application.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): This recorded webinar focuses on the policy bottom line for the SNAP policy lever.

School health, early care and education and out-of-school-time policy overview: This recorded webinar focuses on the policy bottom lines for proposals in the areas of the school health (physical activity/physical education, junk food marketing, wellness, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), school food, and water; early care and education and out-of-school-time policy levers.

Head Start and Early Head Start policy overview: This recorded webinar focuses on the policy goals for proposals in the area of head start and early head start.

Policy Campaign Grants

(formerly Open RFA)

Strategic Campaign Funds Policy Campaign Grant 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 $250,000 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. Depending in the type of policy you are pursuing, your campaign may include lobbying and non-lobbying tactics and funding.

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 goal of this funding opportunity is to engage equity partners and innovative strategies that will further the efforts of existing Voices for Healthy Kids campaigns, particularly by empowered engagement of priority populations most impacted by childhood obesity.  All grants awarded within this opportunity will be 100% non-lobbying funding. Applications should support at least one policy areas.

Lobbying Grants

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 areas.

If you have any questions on the Voices for Healthy Kids Grant Opportunities, please contact Shannon Melluzzo, Grants Manager.