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.

Targeted Opportunity

Many children spend most of their waking hours and eat up to half their daily calories at school. If we want our kids to be healthy and active over their lifetimes, schools have a crucial role to play in cultivating healthy nutrition, physical activity habits and overall wellness. When kids are healthy and active, we know they perform better academically and even behave better in the classroom.

Together, with parents, local policy makers, school administrators, students, and other members of the community, we can create a school environment that ensures our kids have access to nutritious meals, healthy drinks and regular physical activity.

We’re calling for change. Is your organization working on or ready to lead policy change efforts focused on healthy school foods or drinks in Michigan or Kansas? If so, please consider applying for a grant from Voices for Healthy Kids.

Targeted Opportunity: Healthy School Foods in Michigan or Kansas
Voices for Healthy Kids will be awarding two to five grants across two states (Michigan and Kansas) focusing on healthy school foods policies. Awards will provide funding and technical assistance for grantees to build local momentum around healthy school foods for two purposes:

  1. To generate support for local/state policies that support healthy school foods and school environments. The actual policy approach may vary depending on the interests of people living in a particular community.
  2. To create a “buzz” around these issues that will ultimately build greater support among local, state and federal lawmakers by elevating community support through grassroots activities, media advocacy, youth empowerment, community conversations and more.

All eligible applicants that are interested in applying for these funds are required to submit an application through the online grant management system (see below).

Calls for Applications Application Deadline Notification of Award/Decline
November 12 – December 13 December 13, 2019 – 5 PM PST January 13, 2019

 

Policy Campaign Grant Opportunity

Policy Campaign Grants

This grant opportunity aims to fund strategic issue advocacy campaigns focused on helping kids grow up at healthy 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/or non-lobbying tactics and funding.

Voices for Healthy Kids has a two-step application process. All eligible applicants that are interested in applying for the Policy Campaign Grant Opportunity are required to submit a letter of intent. All letters of intent will be thoroughly reviewed and select applicants will be invited to submit a full application for consideration in a competitive review process.

Letters of Intent Timeline:

Call for Letters of Intent Letter for Intent Deadline Notification
May 6, 2019 June 7, 2019 – 5PM PST June 21, 2019

 

Application Timeline:

Application Available Application Deadline Notification of Award/Decline
June 21, 2019 July 26, 2019 – 5 PM PST September 9, 2019*

 

*All applicants (and subgrantee) awarded are required to attend the New Grantee Onboarding and All Grantee Meeting on October 22 – 24, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas.

Preemption Campaign Grant Opportunity

Advancements in public health have relied upon a thriving and engaged democratic process that supports innovative policy making at the local level. Broader social justice movements – including those focused on achieving equity – also often start locally. Local policy-making is currently under threat by an onslaught of policies that stop, limit, or discourage local communities from enacting policy solutions. Referred to as preemption, these policies occur when a higher form of government (such as a state legislature) limits a lower form of government (such as a city council) from taking action on an issue. Preemption is becoming an increasingly common state legislative tactic and is extending to a greater number of policy issue areas. In many cases, pro-preemption lawmakers are acting as agents of special interests often more intent on protecting corporate profits and power than improving community health or wellness.  These harmful preemption actions can perpetuate disparities, prohibit policy action on the social determinants of health, and hurt local democracy.

In order to continue to ensure success in advocacy at the local level, we are currently accepting letters of intent from applicants focusing on Preemption Efforts: Preventing states from blocking local actions that promote health, well-being, and equity. Specific policies include:

  • Preemption Repeal: Support the repeal of existing state laws limiting the ability of cities and counties to regulate, tax or otherwise enact legislation stronger than state law related to building healthy, equitable
  • Preemption Defense: Oppose legislation limiting the ability of cities and counties to regulate, tax or otherwise enact legislation stronger than state law regarding issues related to building healthy, equitable

All eligible applicants that are interested in applying for the Preemption Defense Grant Opportunity are required to submit a letter of intent. All letters of intent will be thoroughly reviewed and select applicants will be invited to submit a full application for consideration in a competitive review process.

Applicants should submit their Letters of Intent (LOI) in the online grant system on or before, Sunday, July 28, 2019 – 5 PM pacific.

Letters of Intent Timeline:

Call for Letters of Intent Letter for Intent Deadline Notification
July 15, 2019 July 28, 2019 – 5PM PST August 2, 2019

 

Application Timeline:

Application Available Application Deadline Notification of Award/Decline
August 2, 2019 August 26, 2019 – 5 PM PST September 11, 2019*

 

*All applicants (and subgrantee) awarded are required to attend the New Grantee Onboarding and All Grantee Meeting on October 22 – 24, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas.

 

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.

 

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