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Public Health Nurse Leaders: Leveraging Nurse Leaders to Build a Culture of Health

Grants to USA & Territories Registered Nurses
for Leadership & Professional Development

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Grants of $5,000, plus in-kind grants valued at $40,000, to USA and territories registered nurses in a leadership position for leadership training, professional development and collaborative programs with state action committees. Webinars will be held on March 9, and pre-registration is required.

The purpose of the programs is to develop a group of senior level PHNLs who have the capacity to lead individuals, organizations and communities to build partnerships around a Culture of Health, and to integrate public health nurse leaders and their work into the existing state action coalitions (ACs).

This program will be a two-year leadership development experience. PHNLs will spend the first year immersed in individual leader development through two face-to-face sessions, intensive executive coaching, technology-facilitated intersession activities, and access to individual development funds. The second year of the program will enhance the leadership competencies and coaching skills of both the Public Health Nurse Leader and key Action Coalition members.

This solicitation will fund the senior leadership development of up to 24 PHNLs for two years, including travel to program meetings, a value of over $40,000 each. PHNLs will also have access to $5,000 for additional individual leadership development or travel. Partnering action coalitions will receive $5,000 in unrestricted funds for their participation in this collaboration.

Funds to the PHNL and ACs may be used for meetings, supplies, project-related travel, consultants, and other professional development.

Funds may not be used:
-To subsidize individuals for the costs of their health care,
-To support clinical trials of unapproved drugs or devices,
-To construct or renovate facilities,
-For lobbying, for political activities, or as a substitute for funds currently being used to support similar activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152034

Number of Grants:

Up to 24.

Estimated Size of Grant:

In-kind grants valued at $40,000.
$5,000 for additional individual leadership development or travel.

Term of Contract:

Two years. Funding period begins September 1, 2015.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Public Health Nurse Leader awards are open to registered nurses (RN) currently in a leadership position with a progressively senior leadership trajectory in public health governmental organizations.

- For example, Chief Executives, Deputy Directors, Chief Nurses or Executive Level positions of state or local public health departments can apply.

-Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.

-RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows and Alumni

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be two web conferences for applicants:

RWJF PHNL Applicant Web Conference: March 9, 2015 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET). Registration required. Please register here:

RWJF PHNL Collaborating ACs Web Conference: March 9, 2015 (2:30 PM. – 3:30 PM ET)
Registration required. Please register here:

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals for this solicitation must be submitted via the RWJF online system.

Visit and use the Apply Online link. If you have not already done so, you will be required to register at before you begin the application process.

The application will be available on 2/18/15.

Contact Information:

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

Andrea Williams, deputy director
Telephone: (336) 286-4414

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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)

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