This national funding opportunity is now closed. There is currently an open request for proposals from Minnesota.
- Prior HIA experience is not required to be eligible for this particular grant opportunity.
- Proposals that address transportation-related policies, projects and plans will receive preference. This includes land-use decisions related to transportation projects, such as transit oriented design. But, applicants are not limited to this policy area.
Applications for the Kaiser Denver metro HIA program grant opportunity are due Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at 5 p.m. MT. An informational conference call for potential applicants will be hosted on October 18 at 2 p.m. MT. Registration is required.
About this Call for Proposals
The Health Impact Project is issuing its third call for proposals (CFP) to support
two types of health impact assessment (HIA) initiatives: 1) HIA demonstration projects that inform a specific decision and help to build the case for the value of HIA; and 2) HIA program grants to enable organizations with previous HIA experience to conduct HIAs and develop sustainable, self-supporting HIA programs at the local, state, or tribal level. With this support, we will fund a total of four HIA program grants and nine demonstration project grants.
HIA uses a practical approach that brings together scientific data, health expertise and public input to identify the potential health effects of a new proposal and to build in recommendations that minimize risks and capitalize on opportunities to improve health.
HIA Demonstration Projects: The Health Impact Project will support up to nine HIA demonstration projects intended to inform decisions on proposed local, tribal or state policies, projects or programs, or federal decisions that will have impacts limited to a specific state, region or local community, such as permitting a new mine or building a new highway. Grants will be up to $75,000 each and must be completed within 18 months. Applicants need not have experience with HIA to apply to the CFP. Because many of the HIAs done in the United States to date have focused on aspects of urban land use planning, proposals focused on other topics will receive preference. Additionally, high priority will be given to HIAs from geographic regions where few HIAs have been completed to date. Please refer to the Health Impact Project’s map of HIAs completed and in progress for more information on the regional distribution of HIA practice.
Up to three of the nine demonstration projects will be in Minnesota, thanks to support from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, and up to one of the nine will be in California, thanks to support from The California Endowment.
HIA Program Grants: The Health Impact Project will also fund five HIA program grants. HIA program grants will support organizations that have completed at least one prior HIA to conduct at least two HIAs, and to implement a plan that establishes the relationships, systems, and funding mechanisms needed to maintain a stable HIA program that endures beyond the conclusion of the grant period. Applicants may request grants of up to $250,000 for program grants that will be completed within 24 months. Grantees will be asked to provide a minimum of $100,000 in matching funds, either through in-kind contributions of staff time, or through outside funding sources.
One of the four program grants will be based in California, thanks to support from The California Endowment.
One of the five HIA program grants will be located in metro Denver, thanks to funding from Kaiser Permanente Colorado.
For details on the process and the elements of a successful application, please review the following materials:
- Call for Proposals Before beginning the online application, please carefully read the CFP.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Web Conference Calls: Applicants are encouraged to listen and view three Web conference calls prior to submitting a brief proposal. For those unable to join the live event, the sessions will be recorded and available on our website.
- An overview to HIA, the Health Impact Project, and the CFP. See the recorded webinar. (Original event took place August 1, 2012)
- An introduction to the first step of HIA, “Screening” stage of HIA. This call will help demonstration project applicants define an appropriate decision-making target for the HIA. See the recorded webinar. (Original event took place August 7, 2012)
- General information about the HIA Program grant initiative and strategies that agencies and organizations have used to create stable HIA programs, as well as selection criteria. See the recorded webinar. (Original event took place August 15, 2012)
- All proposals must be submitted via the online application system. After you have read the CFP and the FAQ, request an account from the online application system to begin the submission process.
- Applicants to the HIA program will benefit from reading about existing HIA programs.
- At the brief proposal stage, HIA program grant applicants wish to refer to the an overview of the full proposal. This is intended to help inform the development of a stronger brief proposal.
Note: The Health Impact Project also collaborates with funders to support HIAs on specific topics or in a defined state or region. In the last solicitation, the Health Impact Project was able to add six grants to the initial number offered in the call for proposals. For this CFP, we will provide information regarding the availability of additional grant funds through periodic announcements to our mailing list on this page. To receive announcements, please sign up to our mailing list by entering your e-mail address to the “Stay Informed” section at the top of this page.
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