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Creating Healthy Schools and Communities - Component A and Component B - Physical Activity and Nutrition Center of Excellence

Grants to New York Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, Tribes, and Health
Centers to Support Healthy Eating Habits and Recreational Activity

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New York State Department of Health (DOH) - Bureau of Community Chronic Disease Prevention (BCCDP) - State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) Program

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02/04/20 4:00 PM


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Grants are available to New York nonprofits, municipalities, including health centers, IHEs, and Tribal organizations, for programs that will encourage healthy eating habits and physical activity for people of all ages. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended to develop and implement a comprehensive, community-based participatory approach to increasing opportunities for physical activity and improved nutrition for people across the age span. This program has two components: A (local) and B (statewide).

This RFA aims to reach high-need communities statewide, including cities, towns, reservations, and neighborhoods. The Department has defined five regions (Western, Central, Capital, Metropolitan Area, and New York City) and identified eligible communities in these regions. Communities are eligible when 40% or more of their population is not non-Hispanic White and/or where the percent of people living in high-need block groups is above the regional mean. For additional information about geographic area, see Page 16 of the RFA in Attached Files, below.

Funded organizations will establish and expand local public health efforts to readily implement evidence-based physical activity and nutrition strategies that build on existing community assets and coalitions, allowing for the flexibility to tailor interventions that meet the unique needs of communities, and leverage resources from multiple stakeholders and sectors (e.g. early child care, local government, faith-based, business and industry, community recreation and parks, mass media, transportation, community planning and design, and education) in high-need communities of New York State.

To accomplish the expectations of this RFA, an implementation model using local-level organizations, supported by a statewide training and technical assistance center, will work within high-need communities, engage a variety of partners and decision-makers, and develop and execute a comprehensive implementation plan. Successful applicants will leverage other community resources necessary to fully implement the initiative and sustain it beyond the five-year term.

For information about scope of work and major tasks, see Pages 18-31  (for Component A) and Pages 31-34 (for Component B), of the RFA in Attached Files, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148302

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

25 Component A contracts (local level) and 1 Component B contract (statewide)

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum contract amounts:
- Component A: $305,000 annually per award
- Component B: $375,000 annually per award

Term of Contract:

Anticipated initial contact length: 5 years

The anticipated contract start date is October 1, 2020 and the end date is September 30, 2025.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Minimum Eligibility, Component A:
Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations or municipal agencies in NYS including, but not limited to: local health departments, health care organizations or systems, community health center or primary care networks, academic institutions, Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) agencies, Cornell Cooperative Extension agencies, tribal organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, early care and education organizations including Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies, volunteer associations, and professional associations. Applicants should be organizations with an established presence in the catchment area to be served.

Preferred Eligibility:
- Staff skills and experience to coordinate and implement a systems approach to implementing evidence-based physical activity and nutrition strategies, effectively manage and utilize grant funds, and monitor performance of grant strategies;
- Strong community collaborations, including subcontracts/consultants, or demonstrated success in engaging and sustaining new partnerships;
- Experience working with community leaders and decision-makers to achieve adoption of community changes supporting increased physical activity and healthy eating opportunities;
- Experience working with low-income populations, diverse racial/ethnic groups, and persons with disabilities in high-need communities; and
- Partnership commitment by securing a Letter of Commitment with at least one CCR&R that serves non-CACFP child care providers in the applicant catchment area.

Ineligible Applicants:
Organizations currently in receipt of NYS Health Department funding for the Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Centers (EWPHCCC) intervention may not apply for this RFA for the purpose of supporting or augmenting EWPHCCC activities. Organizations receiving EWPHCCC funding may apply only if they intend to provide this separate and distinct program outlined in this RFA. Organizations including, but not limited to, Cornell Cooperative Extensions (CCEs) currently in receipt of NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance SNAP-Ed II funding as a lead agency to provide nutrition education and policy, systems, and environmental change strategies in communities and schools may not apply for this RFA. CCEs, or other contractors, in receipt of SNAP-Ed II funding, as a subcontractor, may apply for this RFA and must demonstrate they are not duplicating activities or supplanting funds. These applicants must complete Attachment 12, Federal and State Nutrition Funding Attestation Form.

Minimum Eligibility, Component B:
- Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations that can provide statewide services, including but not limited to, health and human service organizations, academic institutions, professional associations, tribal organizations, planning organizations, and volunteer organizations.

Preferred Eligibility:
- Staff skills and experience to provide capacity building and implementation training and technical assistance to a statewide cohort of local-level public health professionals working with a diverse range of high-need urban, rural, and suburban communities to implement a systems approach to evidence-based chronic disease prevention strategies; effectively manage and utilize grant funds, and monitor performance of grant strategies;
- Staff/faculty, and strong partner or subcontract/consultant collaborations, with expertise in systems approaches to implementing evidence-based chronic disease prevention strategies and strategizing solutions to a variety of barriers and challenges;
- Experience conducting, evaluating, and using needs assessment results/data to develop training and technical assistance plans;
- Experience facilitating a peer-to-peer collaborative learning community that actively engages participants and evolves over time in response to successes, challenges, and opportunities; and
- Experience/subject matter expertise related to the community strategies of this initiative.

For information about Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Requirements, see page 41 of the RFA in Attached Filed, below.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Intent are due by December 20, 2019. The LOI is not required but it is strongly encouraged.

Full Applications are due by February 4, 2020, 4:00 PM.

This program encompasses two components. To apply for either component, eligible applicants must submit separate applications for each Component via the New York State Grants Gateway. Applicants must be pre-qualified prior to applying.

While organizations may apply for both components separately, a contract will only be awarded for one of the components.

The deadline to submit questions is December 31, 2019, by 4:00 PM and answers will posted on or about January 20, 2020.

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

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All substantive questions must be submitted in writing or via email to:
Dan French
Bureau of Community Chronic Disease Prevention
Riverview Center,150 Broadway, Suite 350
Menands, NY 12204

Grants Gateway Team Email:
Phone: 518-474-5595

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA # 18371, Grants Gateway ID: Component A: DOH01-CHSCA2-2020, Component B: DOH01-CHSCB2-2020

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