- Author: Kathleen P Nolan
Through a competitive grant opportunity funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), National 4-H Council is pleased to release the Request for Applications (RFA) for the Well Connected Communities (WCC) Initiative.
Please note, this is a Pre-award RFA and precedes Council's notification of any award. The award of sub-grants is contingent on the award of a grant by RWJF to Council. RWJF is scheduled to announce its funding decision no later than October 31, 2019.
Council requests applications from all Cooperative Extension System entities from 1862, 1890, and 1994 LGUs within the 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories. Council encourages (but it is not required) joint applications between 1862, 1890 or 1994 LGUs within a state where feasible; however, one applicant must be clearly indicated as the primary applicant and the others indicated as co-applicants. To address system inequities, consideration will be given to applicants from 1890 and 1994 LGUs or joint 1890,1994 and 1862 LGU applications.
The goal of the WCC Initiative is to drive transformational change to create the conditions that will foster a Culture of Health in communities across America. Channeling the energy and dynamism of youth, CES's system-wide engagement in collective impact grounded in evidence, our community-driven plan will increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.
Success will be defined as national capacity growth through increased alignment of objectives and measurable growth in the areas of professional development, assessment and evaluation, communications, and local WCC health action plan implementation through community health coalitions to begin to create change in communities nationwide.
WCC health action plans must incorporate the following core principles of this Initiative:
• Commitment to transforming place through genuine partnership and shared vision
• Focus on equity and inclusion
• Youth and Adult Partnerships
• Policy, systems and environmental changes at local and system level
• Learning and growing together for a results-oriented movement
Please note that an informational webinar will be held September 5 at 11:00 AM PT using the Zoom platform. Applicants will have the opportunity to ask questions related to the RFA. Registration for the webinar is required and can be completed here.
To review the RFA, application requirements and apply for funding, please visit the online portal and click on Funding Opportunities: http://grants.4-h.org/index.do
Applications are due by 5:00 PM PT on October 18, 2019.
Kathleen Nolan, Director, ANR Office of Contracts & Grants (OCG)