New Jersey Health Initiatives has released a new call for proposals -- NJHI: Upstream Action Acceleration.

NJHI: Upstream Action Acceleration is intended to further the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's vision of building a Culture of Health by supporting existing cross-sector coalitions to adopt and implement “upstream” environmental-, policy- and systems-change strategies, and accelerate their work in areas they have already identified as priorities to improve community health.

By upstream, they mean working with all community stakeholders to address the factors that influence health prior to the onset of disease and illness. These factors include: income, employment, education, early childhood development, housing, nutrition and the built environment. Accordingly, areas of focus for proposed action acceleration might include, but are not limited to: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), New Sector Engagement (e.g., business, library, law enforcement), Effective Use of Data Tools and Resources to Guide Actions, Civic Engagement, Environment/Open Space, Medical-Legal Partnerships and Transportation. 

Grants will total up to $100,000 per grantee over two years. The brief proposal deadline is March 1, 2018. Select applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal and will be notified by March 28, 2018. The deadline for submission of full proposals will be May 23, 2018. Grants will begin on December 1, 2018.

An applicant webinar will be held on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 11 a.m.  This webinar will give attendees a fuller understanding of what is expected of applicants at the brief proposal stage and what they hope to accomplish with this initiative. Registration for this webinar is required and can be done at http://bit.ly/2DhY5T1.

While the applicant organization will be one entity, grant funding is intended to support the strategies and work of the coalition. Applicant organizations must be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Examples of applicant organizations include, but are not limited to: local health and human service agencies; K–12 education; colleges and universities; hospital systems; faith-based organizations; local government; government agencies or departments; nonprofits; or other eligible entities interested in making lasting changes to build a Culture of Health in their communities.  

The call for proposals is attached here and complete details are on the NJHI Web site at http://www.njhi.org/our-grants/apply-for-a-grant/.