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 2017–2018

  • New Open RFA grants
  • Supplemental grants
  • Incubator grants

Open Call for Applications

Application Due Date

Notification of Award or Declination

Grant Opportunity

 June 12, 2017
July 21, 2017 at 5 PM PDT
 On or around August 31, 2017
Open RFA/Supplemental
August 9, 2017
September 6, 2017 at 5 PM PDT
On or around October 6, 2017
Open RFA/Supplemental
All Grantee Meeting – Denver, CO – November 14-16, 2017 
Updated – November 3, 2017
December 8, 2017 at 5 PM PST
On or around February 2, 2018
Open RFA/Supplemental
*Targeted Call for Proposals
January 8, 2018
February 9, 2018 at 5 PM PST
On or around March 30, 2018
Open RFA/Supplemental


June 6, 2018
July 13, 2018 at 5 PM PDT
On or around August 31, 2018
Open RFA/Supplemental
Policy Summits June 18-22, 2018


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.

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.

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.

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.