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Organizations to Advance Health Equity

The BUILD Health Challenge

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BUILD Health Challenge (BUILD)

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Deadline Date:

06/30/22 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA nonprofit community organizations for programs that will advance health equity in local communities. Qualified applicants should partner with a health organization, hospital, or health department. The funding source seeks to support communities in their efforts to advance health equity—to ensure that no one is disadvantaged from achieving their full health potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances.

The BUILD Health Challenge® (BUILD) invites communities with innovative ideas to address health disparities caused by systemic or social inequities to apply for its new fourth cohort (4.0). As a BUILD community, your team will be part of a special cohort leading the way to the creation of a new norm in the U.S.—one that advances health equity and racial justice by centering multi-sector and community-driven partnerships.

With a specific focus on strengthening partnerships between community-based organizations, hospitals and health systems, health plans, local health departments, residents, and others, BUILD awards are designed to support collaborations ready to put Bold, Upstream, Integrated, Local, Data-Driven plans into action (see descriptors on page 3 of the Call for Applications in Supporting Documents below).

For this fourth cohort, BUILD is looking to support innovative community collaboratives that include a: 1) community-based organization, 2) hospital/health system and/or health plan, 3) public health department, and 4) residents, who are all working together in dynamic ways to address upstream challenges and drive sustainable improvements in community health. Inclusion of additional cross-sector partners such as businesses, universities, foundations, and others that are aligned with proposed efforts are encouraged.

Applications that clearly address the BUILD principles in dynamic ways, prioritize health equity, and focus on population level health outcomes will be considered the most competitive.

Activities commonly found in the program plans of BUILD awardees include:

  • Advancing systems-level change, including policy solutions that will create fairer and more just opportunities for health (e.g., changes in local laws, regulations, or organizational policies, shifts in funding, reimbursements, or resources).
  • Collaborating strategically across organizations and sectors to enhance practices and ways of working.
  • Expanding the range of committed partners to bring complementary sets of expertise, resources, and capacities to the table.
  • Developing robust data-sharing and evaluation processes to inform intervention strategies, strengthen partnerships, improve the initiative, and measure impact.
  • Engaging and empowering community members to inform strategy and guide activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178451

Number of Grants:

Up to 19 (For the geographic breakdown of available awards, see page 7 of the FAQs in Supporting Documents below.)

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each award includes:

- Up to $300,000 in funding over three years
- A robust array of coaching and support services
- Specialized trainings and capacity-building opportunities
- Participation in a national network of peers engaged in similar work
- Opportunity to spotlight your local work on a national level

Term of Contract:

Awards are expected to begin in May 2023 and end in April 2026.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a BUILD award the following criteria must be met:

- The lead applicant must be a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit community organization;
- Assembly of a partnership including (at minimum) of a nonprofit community organization, a hospital/health system and/or health plan, a local health department, and residents.
- Proposal must be focused on a defined zip code(s), census tract(s), or neighborhood(s) experiencing significant health disparities within a city of 100,000 residents or more.
- Be willing to participate in convenings and learning/evaluation activities, including openly sharing challenges, results, and outcomes. The learning element is a critical component of the award and requires a time commitment of three to five hours per month on average from awardees throughout the award cycle.

BUILD awards are most appropriate for collaborations that have already developed a well-defined action plan with clear roles, strategies, and goals, and where an infusion of philanthropic support and access to a strong peer network could accelerate their work within three years and reinforce their path toward sustainability.

Applicants need not be working specifically on health-related issues or have a health-focused mission. Outside sectors (e.g., community development, housing, food, transportation, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

Funding Restrictions:
BUILD funds are not earmarked for direct or indirect lobbying, for engaging in political campaigns, for capital construction projects, or for making grants for such purposes. Prohibited political activities include, but are not limited to: endorsing political parties, candidates, or platforms; making campaign contributions; issuing or distributing statements that favor or disparage a particular candidate; allowing a candidate or political organization to use BUILD assets or facilities; inviting candidates to speak at BUILD-sponsored functions; and linking to candidate websites. Organizations that discriminate based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, or disability should not apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational webinar for prospective applicants with BUILD’s Executive Director and Deputy Director
May 17, 2022 from 1 – 2:30 pm ET
Registration link:

Application Q&A webinar with an Alumni Awardee from BUILD
May 24, 2022 from 3 – 4 pm ET
Registration link:

(Both recordings will be posted afterwards to the URL for Full Text link below.)

Pre-Application Information:

To be eligible for a BUILD Health Challenge award, the participating hospital(s) or health system(s) must demonstrate a 1:1 match met through direct cash support or a combination of cash and in-kind support.

Key Dates and Deadlines:
- May 3, 2022: Call for Applications released; Application portal opens
- May 17, 2022, 1–2:30 p.m. ET: Informational webinar for prospective applicants
- May 24, 2022, 3–4 p.m. ET: Application Q&A webinar with BUILD Alumni Awardees
- June 30, 2022, 5 p.m. ET: Round 1 application due; Application portal closes
- September 12, 2022: Invitations extended to select applicants for Round 2; Round 2 application portal opens
- September 19, 2022, 2–3 p.m. ET: Informational webinar for invited Round 2 applicants
- September 26 – October 31, 2022: Application Accelerator (Optional, for invited Round 2 applications)
- January 13, 2023, 5 p.m. ET: Round 2 application due
- April 14, 2023: Round 2 applicants notified of status
- May 2, 2023: Official start to fourth cohort, first of two award disbursements issued by end of May
- June 2023: Kick off and orientation convening (Date and location TBD)

The participating hospital(s)/health system(s) and/or health plan must demonstrate a 1:1 match met through direct cash support or a combination of cash and in-kind support. For more information about the match requirement, see the FAQs in Supporting Documents below.

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Application Q&A webinar with an Alumni Awardee from BUILD (May 24, 2022) - View Session Recording:

Contact Information:

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

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Submit questions to with the subject line “FAQ.”

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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

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