Missouri Foundation for Health Community Convening Grant

In a Nutshell

This Request for Applications (RFA) invites organizations in our region (with the exception of St. Louis City and County) to apply for planning grants to assist communities in identifying and addressing health issues in their areas.

Through this opportunity we hope to stimulate health-focused discussions in a limited number of communities with the goal of mobilizing the necessary stakeholders, experts, and resources to form coalitions that will address health issues from a local policy perspective. These two-year grants will provide the resources to guarantee the conversations are both productive and comprehensive. 

Between three and five communities will be chosen through a competitive proposal process to identify and plan potential interventions for pressing health-related issues in their community through coalition building, community dialog, and advocating local health policy change.



Project Information

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Community Convening Grants is a new funding opportunity through our Health Policy area. These grants hope to stimulate health-focused discussions in a limited number of communities with the goal of mobilizing the necessary stakeholders, experts, and resources to form coalitions that will address health issues from a local policy perspective. These two-year grants will provide the resources to guarantee the conversations are both productive and comprehensive. Between three and five communities will be chosen through a competitive proposal process to identify and plan potential interventions for pressing health-related issues in their community through coalition-building, community dialog, and advocating local health policy change.

What is Local Policy Change?

Federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and rules impact conditions that influence the health of people and the communities in which they live. Addressing the conditions that negatively affect a community’s overall health requires the development of policies at all three levels of government. This Community Convening RFA focuses on policy change at the local level.

Examples of local policy change influencing the overall health of a community include, but are not limited to:

  • Zoning ordinances determine what businesses can be located near residential areas; they also can influence modes of transportation.
  • Public housing standards ensure that safety and public health issues (e.g., lead paint exposure) are addressed.
  • The minimum wage law guarantees that people can earn an adequate salary for the work that they perform.
  • Clean indoor air laws ensure that employees are not unduly exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke in their places of work.

Changes in laws can improve community health in two ways: 1) by reducing or eliminating unhealthy conditions and/or 2) by promoting activities that support individual and community health efforts to improve the health of a large number of people.

https://mffh.org/news/opportunities/community-convening-grants/

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How to Apply

Click here to view the full application and to begin the submission process.

The final deadline is September 12, 2016, at 4 p.m. CT

Questions and Inquiries

If you have questions about the goals or content of this RFA please contact: Sarah Morrow, Health Policy Officer, at (314) 345-5536 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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