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Connecticut Healthy Communities Project

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits, Corporations, and Agencies
to Promote Healthy Eating and Breastfeeding

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Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) - Community, Family Health, and Prevention Section

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05/29/19 3:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $50,000 per year to Connecticut nonprofits, corporations, state agencies, and municipalities for community health programs. Funding is intended for programs that increase the availability of healthy foods and encourage breastfeeding. Selected applicants will facilitate the implementation of food service guidelines (FSGs) in community settings and worksites to increase the availability of healthier foods and coordinate with DPH to promote breastfeeding.

The purpose of this RFP is to identify two communities to implement the CT HCP. Scoring will consider applicants serving communities with a demonstrated need based on community demographics, socioeconomic status, and disease burden; the applicant’s readiness to implement the required strategies; the applicant’s participation in coalitions with the capability and experience to implement community-wide initiatives; and the proposed reach and impact of the project.

Funds are for CT HCP activities and may be used for personnel, fringe benefits, staff travel, contractual services to support project activities, and other direct and indirect costs associated with the services proposed.

Disparities exist in the prevalence of obesity, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity. For example, Black and Hispanic youth and adults are more likely to be obese compared with White youth and adults. CT adults with annual household incomes less than $25,000 are less likely to participate in leisure time physical activity compared to adults with annual household incomes of $75,000 or more. Additionally, geographic disparities exist, with adults in the state’s urban centers experiencing the highest prevalence of obesity and physical inactivity. Addressing obesity, and associated risk factors such as poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and low rates of breastfeeding duration and exclusivity requires a multi-faceted approach targeting CT’s most vulnerable residents.

Connecticut State Physical Activity and Nutrition Program: The NPAO Program has received a five-year funding award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Cooperative Agreement DP18-1807, State Physical Activity and Nutrition Program (SPAN). For information about the four SPAN required aims, see the RFP:

For details on proposal requirements, see the RFP:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185766

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Awards will not exceed $50,000 per community per year.

Term of Contract:

Funding is estimated to be for a two year period beginning approximately September 30, 2019 through September 29, 2021, subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory program performance.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Private provider organizations (defined as nonstate entities that are either nonprofit or proprietary corporations or partnerships), CT State agencies, and municipalities are eligible to submit proposals in response to this RFP. Individuals who are not a duly formed business entity are ineligible to participate in this procurement. Entities or organizations that are currently funded by DPH to conduct these activities through CT SPAN funding are not eligible to apply.

Funds cannot be used to pay for food, research, capital improvements, construction, or lobbying activities.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for submission of proposals is May 29, 2019 at 3 p.m. Proposals must be
received by the Official Contact on or before the due date and time. The Department will not accept a postmark date as the basis for meeting the submission due date and time.

Procurement Schedule:

- RFP Released: April 8, 2019
- Letter of Intent Due: May 3, 2019
- Deadline for Questions: May 10, 2019
- Answers Released: May 17, 2019
- RFP Conference: Not Applicable
- Proposals Due: May 29, 2019
- (*) Proposer Selection: June 6, 2019
- (*) Start of Contract Negotiations: June 17, 2019
- (*) Start of Contract: September 30, 2019

Dates after the due date for proposals (“Proposals Due”) are target dates only (*). The Department may amend the schedule, as needed.

A Letter of Intent (LOI) is strongly recommended, but not required by this RFP. The LOI is non-binding and does not obligate the sender to submit a proposal.

All questions regarding this RFP or the Department’s procurement process must be directed, in writing, to the Official Contact before the deadline specified in the Procurement Schedule. Questions submitted via e-mail must indicate in the e-mail subject line: RFP #2019-0903. The early submission of questions is encouraged. Questions will not be accepted or answered verbally – neither in person nor over the telephone. All questions received before the deadline will be answered.

The agency will release the answers to questions on the date(s) established in the Procurement Schedule.

Contact Information:

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

Submit LOIs by email, fax, or mail to:

Jennifer Vinci
Department of Public Health
Community, Family Health, and Prevention Section
410 Capitol Avenue, MS#11-HLS, P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
Phone: (860) 509-7251
Fax: (860) 509-7854

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP #2019-0910

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut