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:

Timeline for Voices for Healthy Kids Targeted Call for Application in Head Start/Early Head Start

2017-2018 funding timeline coming soon.

  • New Open RFA grants
  • Incubator grants

Open Call for Applications

Application Due Date

Notification of Award or Declination

Grant Opportunity

 August 27, 2018
Deadline Extended to September 28, 2018 at 5 PM PDT
 On or around October 26, 2018
*Targeted Call for Proposals
Open RFA
Incubator
All Grantee Meeting – November 7-9, 2018

*Targeted Call for Applications in the Head Start/Early Head Start policy area.

This round of funding for Voices for Healthy Kids will not be an open call for proposals but will be targeted calls for proposals in the policy area of Head Start/Early Head Start. To spur campaigns in this new policy area, we will be requesting applications only for campaigns focused on this policy area. Applications should support the targeted Voices for Healthy Kids Head Start/Early Head Start Policy Lever and be submitted by the deadline of September 21, 2018 Deadline Extended to September 28, 2018 – 5 PM PST

We are excited to have expanded our lever priorities to support policies and funding that increase awareness of and access to Early Head Start/Head Start programs, and advance efforts to promote coordination among providers across the continuum from early care to kindergarten.  As we begin our work in this field we are likely to fund campaigns that are seeking to establish or increase state funding to increase access to Early Head Start/Head Start.

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.

Application Preparation Webinars

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.

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, 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.

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 $125,000 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 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 priorities.