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Global Ideas for U.S. Solutions: Cities Taking Action to Address Health, Equity, and Climate Change

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Organizations, Agencies,
and Charities to Address Health Equity and Climate Change in the USA

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Conf. Date:

04/09/20

Deadline Date:

05/28/20 3:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International organizations, public entities, and charities for programs that address health equity and climate change in USA cities. Funding is intended to identify, adapt, and implement programs that have proved successful in other cities worldwide.

Purpose

Through this funding opportunity, RWJF seeks to promote learning through action in U.S. cities based on successful approaches from cities outside the United States that address the intertwined issues of health, equity, and climate change adaptation, sequestration, or mitigation. Projects should address how cities or city networks (organizations that work with groups of cities) outside the United States are building health equity into sustainable urban futures to address the urgent threat of climate change and how those approaches will be adapted or adopted and implemented in the United States.

Focus areas for this CFP include (but are not limited to) changes in city planning, policies, and programs that address: buildings and energy; land use and urban planning; transportation; waste; food systems and food security; adaptation/resilience (e.g., heat, flooding); and/or air quality, with required engagement from partners representing two or more sectors (i.e., professional disciplines or divisions in city operations or government) within a city. Applicants should embed inclusion and engagement of local community members in their proposed projects, and consideration of financial sustainability after the grant period ends. 

There is much to understand, learn, and share from a wide range of cities and regions around the world. Grant funds may be used to implement action in the United States based on existing models and approaches in cities around the world that address climate change and health equity in ways that are new or different from what we are already doing in the United States. Applicants are encouraged to consider these solutions for ideas and inspiration; however, applicants are not limited to these solutions and may identify other relevant models/approaches from cities outside the United States that have demonstrated success and impact. 

The funding period will include a brief planning period, implementation, and dissemination/communication activities, as well as active participation in a learning network.

RWJF is interested in supporting a portfolio of projects which, together, represent an array of action areas and a range of budgets that are commensurate with grantees’ expected activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188622

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The proposed budget should be appropriate to the scope of work, but no more than $600,000 for the project period.

Term of Contract:

The funding period will be 30 months in duration (2.5 years).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants may be based almost anywhere in the world;* however, RWJF will only fund proposals that demonstrate clear applicability to the United States and propose work in a U.S. city(ies).
- Awards will be made to organizations, not individuals. Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities (e.g., city department of health, city planning department), public charities, or nongovernmental organizations. Applicants not representing city government will be required to submit a letter of support from the head of the U.S. city department with whom the applicant will most closely work.
- Proposals must be based on a successful approach from a non-U.S. city(ies), region, or global city network.
- Applicants need not have an existing relationship with the non-U.S. city(ies), region, or network in which the approach has been implemented. However, applicants must have an established relationship with the U.S. city(ies) in which the proposed project will take place.
- The organization implementing the successful approach to address health, equity, and climate change in a U.S. city(ies) must serve as the primary applicant, and will be the prime recipient of funds. The project director should be affiliated with the applicant organization. An individual from a collaborating organization (e.g., community organization, research partner) may serve as the co-project director.

RWJF is seeking applicants who represent organizations from a wide range of fields and disciplines—both within and outside the health/public health sector. RWJF encourages proposals from both U.S.-based applicants to adopt or adapt a successful approach from outside the United States, and from non-U.S.-based applicants with a successful approach that could work in the United States. RWJF encourages submissions from teams that include both U.S.-based and non-U.S.-based members. RWJF seeks to attract diversity of thought, professional background, race, ethnicity, life experience, and cultural perspective in the applicant pool. Building a Culture of Health means integrating health into all aspects of society, so multisector partnerships and collaboration are encouraged.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Interested applicants are encouraged to participate in an informational webinar scheduled for April 9, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. ET. Registration is required. (An archived webinar recording also will be available.)

To register: https://webinar.ringcentral.com/webinar/register/WN_VotEhPTIS1eJUh1syWfWJA

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:

- April 9, 2020 (11 a.m.–12 p.m. ET): Optional applicant webinar. Registration is required through this link.
- April 30, 2020 (3 p.m. ET): Deadline for receipt of proposals.
- Mid-July 2020: Semifinalists notified and asked to address questions in scheduled telephone call with RWJF staff.
- July 27–August 7, 2020: Telephone calls with semifinalists. Please hold these dates on your calendars.
- September 2020: Finalists notified.
- November 2020: Grants begin.

Please note: If needed, RWJF will make an adjustment to the timeline due to evolving circumstances with COVID-19.

Grantees will be required to participate in a learning network with fellow grantees, RWJF staff, and other partners engaged in this work. C40 Cities, with support from RWJF, will organize and lead learning activities with grantees, including two peer-learning workshops—one at the start of the grant cycle to be held outside the United States and one at the end of the grant cycle to be held within the United States—and quarterly webinars. Further information about learning network activities will be provided in the applicant webinar and is available in the FAQs.

Funding process and FAQs: https://www.rwjf.org/en/how-we-work/grants-explorer/funding-opportunities/funding-faqs.html

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: http://my.rwjf.org/applyFromWebsite.do?cfp=2957

Please direct inquiries to globalideas2020@rwjf.org.

Responsible staff members at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are:
• Sharon Z. Roerty, AICP/PP/MCRP, senior program officer
• Karabi B. Acharya, ScD, director
• Sharleen Rajput, program financial analyst

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

Israel

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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