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04/18/18 - Receipt of Stage 1 applications by 3:00 PM EST
Grants starting at $50,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, agencies, public universities, and federally recognized tribes in multiple states to improve health in minority, underserved, and low-income communities. Eligible projects must address the social determinants of health as defined by the WHO as well as the physical, mental, and social well-being of program participants. Applicants must commit to improving the health of community residents by focusing on activities that align with the following domains:
- Built Environment: Improved walkability, bikeability, and use of public spaces in a community
- Community Safety: Increased collaboration between local law enforcement and community members to proactively address immediate public safety issues, public health issues, or both
- Environmental Exposures: Decreased exposure to air and water contaminants, and an increased understanding, monitoring, and reporting of local environmental hazards by community residents
- Healthy Behaviors: Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, physical activities, and stress reduction activities
- Social/Economic Factors: Increased access to healthy foods through the development of new or enhanced retail options, including resident-owned businesses
The Cultivating Healthy Communities (CHC) Grant Program especially encourages projects that advance resident- or youth-led initiatives, and projects that seek to influence and strengthen local policies that impact residents’ health.
GrantWatch ID#: 154490
The specific number of grants will depend on the amounts requests per application.
Applicants can request a total grant award between $50,000 and $100,000 for the entire project period. For a 24-month grant, you can request up to $50,000 per year.
Projects can last between 18 and 24 months, and must start between August 20, 2018 and October 15, 2018.
The Cultivating Healthy Communities (CHC) grant program is geared specifically towards nonprofits, federally recognized Indian tribes, and state/local government agencies (including public universities) that work with underserved, low-income, and minority populations in the contiguous United States.
A fiscal sponsor may be able to submit an application on your organization’s behalf provided that your organization’s annual operating budget is $250,000 or more. The fiscal sponsor’s budget will not be considered.
Grants can support no more than 20% of your organization's overall annual budget. To be eligible for a $50,000 grant, your organization’s annual operating budget must be at least $250,000. Similarly, to be eligible for a $100,000 grant, your organization’s annual operating budget must be at least $500,000.
Grantees who will have active grants from the Aetna Foundation as of June 30, 2018 may not submit an application under this RFP.
- Feasibility studies or needs assessments
- Projects that collect, track and/or report on biometric data such as weight and body mass index
- Matching funds for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits doubling programs
- Projects that focus only on food distribution. This aspect will be considered only if it is presented as part of a larger program that aligns with the Foundation's stated priorities.
Generally Not Funded:
- Endowment or capital costs, including construction, renovation or equipment
- Direct delivery of reimbursable health care services
- Basic biomedical research
- Grants or scholarships to individuals
- Work for which results and impact cannot be measured
- Golf tournaments
- Advocacy, political causes, or events
- Sacramental or theological functions of religious organizations
- Operational expenses or existing financial deficits
- Event sponsorships
Large equipment, construction, and capital costs are not eligible.
This will be a highly competitive funding opportunity with a two-stage application process. You are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible in the application cycle to avoid last-minute complications or submission issues.
Schedule of key dates:
- April 18, 2018 by 3:oo PM EST: Stage 1 applications due
- May 18, 2018: Notification of stage 1 decisions
- June 15, 2018 by 3:00 p.m. EST: Stage 2 applications due
- July 27, 2018: Notification of final award decisions
- August 20, 2018: Earliest possible project start date
- October 15, 2018: Latest possible project start date
More information: https://www.aetna-foundation.org/grants-partnerships/grants/cultivating-healthy-communities-rfp.html
Video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVgk8sjnyOo
General grant funding guidelines: https://www.aetna-foundation.org/grants-partnerships/grants/guidelines.html
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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