New Funding Available to Incorporate Health in Public Policy Decisions

February 12, 2014    ·    [ Grantee News, Health Impact Project Coverage ]

Today, the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, announced the fourth national call for proposals to fund health impact assessments (HIA) through demonstration project and program grants. HIAs identify and address the health impacts of decisions in other sectors, such as agriculture, education, and criminal justice.

“The most common and serious health problems facing Americans—including diabetes, asthma, and injury—have roots in the conditions where we live and work,” said Aaron Wernham, M.D., director of the Health Impact Project. “Policymakers at all levels can make a difference by factoring health into decisions on education, transportation, energy, budget, and other important policy questions.  People are increasingly finding health impact assessments an efficient and cost-effective way to do that.”

Funding Opportunities

The call for proposals will support government and tribal agencies, educational organizations, nonprofits under two kinds of awards.

Demonstration project grants will fund single HIAs to inform a specific proposed policy, program, plan, or project. The Health Impact Project will award up to six demonstration project grants for up to $100,000 each and. provide training and technical assistance to awardees throughout the length of each demonstration project grant. Applicants need not have prior HIA experience; preference will go to applicants proposing innovative topics for HIAs or proposing work in states and regions that have seen relatively little HIA activity to date. This includes U.S. territories and Alabama, Arkansas, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming. 

To learn more about the locations and topics of completed and in-progress HIAs, view the map of U.S. HIA practice.

HIA program grants will support organizations with prior HIA experience to conduct one or more new HIAs and to implement a plan that establishes the relationships, systems, and funding mechanisms needed to maintain a stable HIA program beyond the conclusion of the grant period. The Health Impact Project will fund up to five program grants for up to $250,000 each.

The Health Impact Project will host two webinars for potential applicants:  

  • Wednesday, March 5 at 3:00 ET - Demonstration project informational webinar on HIA, the CFP, and application process. Registration is required.  
  • Thursday, March 6 at 3:00 ET - Program grant informational webinar on the CFP and application process. Registration is required.

Additional key dates:

  • April 2 - Deadline for receipt of brief proposals
  • April 30 - Applicants invited to submit full proposals.
  • May 28 - Optional HIA training in Washington, DC for those applicants invited to submit full proposal demonstration projects
  • June 25 - Deadline for receipt of full proposals.
  • September 30 - Notification of awards.

The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, is a leading national initiative dedicated to promoting the use of health impact assessments in the United States. More information about the projects and HIA in general, including a searchable map of HIA activity in the U.S., is available at