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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies for Initiatives to Improve Health and Wellbeing

Addressing Structural Barriers to Economic Inclusion for Children and Families


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Funding Source
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/21/23 3:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations and government agencies for initiatives to improve health and wellbeing. Funding is intended to address structural factors in the economic system that prevent families and children from succeeding. Applications should propose frameworks, ideas, models, or approaches that demonstrate an alternative economic vision that positions families at the center–challenging the idea that the value of families can only be understood in connection to work or production.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has a vision of a Culture of Health rooted in equity where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to reach their best health and wellbeing, no matter their race, ethnicity, or social class. Economic inclusion for family wellbeing is one of RWJF’s central goals and the heartbeat of the Healthy Children and Families (HCF) theme. At RWJF, they envision a society in which all parents and caregivers are fully integrated into the economy, the barriers to wealth and prosperity are removed, and every child has an array of opportunities that helps them grow up healthy.

Evidence reveals a robust causal link between access to economic resources and opportunity for health and wellbeing. The U.S. economy and many systems that families interact with prioritize production and economic growth, excluding some people—particularly Black, Indigenous and immigrant families—from the nation’s shared prosperity based on factors such as participation in the traditional labor market. HCF’s goal is to disrupt current economic paradigms that value production over wellbeing by addressing the structural factors in economic systems, policies, and decisionmaking.

RWJF seeks efforts to bring a new social contract for children and families to life–one that acknowledges collective interdependence; the need for shared prosperity; and that all families and children have inherent value and dignity. This call for proposals will create a portfolio of grants addressing structural issues that hinder children and families from thriving in the economy. RWJF is interested in frameworks, ideas, models, or approaches that demonstrate an alternative economic vision that positions families at the center–challenging the idea that the value of families can only be understood in connection to work or production.

The focus is on systems change—shifting from programs, policies, and services that fill gaps in families’ resources to the longer-term structural and systemic changes that will ensure all families have the resources they need to raise thriving children. RWJF aims to build evidence for and to elevate promising and innovative models, their connections to current approaches, and how they might help realize a vision that prioritizes child and family health and wellbeing as a core goal of our nation and the infusion of such into the economy.

Additional information about the program can be found at


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants:
- Must have organizational infrastructure that demonstrates sufficient capacity and a history to conduct proposed efforts in timely, well-managed capacity that led to desired outcomes.
- Organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
- Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation.
- Two or more organizations may partner to develop and implement this grant program. While each collaborating organization must be described in detail in the proposal, only one organization may represent the collaboration and be the lead contact in the application process and may engage the other organization(s) through a subcontract or grant.
- The Foundation seeks to engage organizations that do not provide—and within the past year have not provided—significant services to clients whose interests conflict, or appear to conflict, with programs of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Such clients include, but are not limited to, those that promote tobacco or firearms of any kind, promote alcohol products irresponsibly, promote the work of trade associations for the tobacco, alcohol or firearms industries, or promote to children food of minimal nutritional value. According to federal regulations, "foods of minimal nutritional value” are foods that provide less than 5 percent of the Recommended Daily Allowance per serving for each of eight key nutrients. They include soft drinks, water ices, chewing gum, and certain candies made largely from sweeteners, such as hard candy and jelly beans.

This guideline also may apply in cases where such clients’ work is done by an affiliate company of the entity or vendor submitting the proposal, e.g., if the entity or vendor’s parent company has clients who promote tobacco. This guideline, of necessity, cannot cover every potential situation; accordingly, the Foundation will consider conflicts, or perceived conflicts, on a case-by-case basis.

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates & Deadlines
- June 21, 2023 (3 p.m. ET): Deadline for receipt of full proposals.
- October 15, 2023: Grant start date.

To have a fair process staff are unable to answer project specific questions or meet 1:1 with applicants. However, there are two ways for you to get your questions answered or the clarity you need. One is to attend the webinar for applicants (June 1, 2023, at 2:30 to 3:30 pm ET - register here) and the other, which is available around the clock, is to submit your question via the CFP email address. Responses to questions submitted will be shared with the individual asking the question and will become a part of the FAQs on the CFP additional materials.


Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Number of Awards: Up to 10 awards will be funded.

Estimated Size of Grant
Amount of Award: Each award will be between $250,000 and $750,000.

Term of Contract
Award Duration: Awards will be between 12 and 24 months.

The grants will begin on October 15, 2023.

Contact Information
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Award Contact
Erissa Scalera, senior program officer

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