Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Health Impact Project is issuing its third call for proposals

Funding Opportunities

This call for proposals is OPEN.
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.
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. Learn more about HIA
Demonstration Projects: The Health Impact Project will support up to five 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.
The Health Impact Project, in cooperation with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, will support up to three health impact assessments (HIAs) in Minnesota under the Health Impact Project’s third call for proposals (CFP). These new HIAs are in addition to the five demonstration projects that will be selected from a nationwide search.  All parameters in the current CFP apply.
HIA Program Grants: The Health Impact Project will also fund three 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.
For details on the process and the elements of a successful application, please review the following materials:
  1. Call for Proposals Before beginning the online application, please carefully read the CFP.
  2. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
    • Many of your questions may be answered by reading the Frequently Asked Questions document.
  3. Web Conference Calls: Applicants are invited to join the Health Impact Project for three different 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.
    • August 1, 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET – General informational Web conference call for all interested applicants. The webinar will provide an overview to HIA, the Health Impact Project, and the CFP. Registration is required.
    • August 7, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET – Web conference call on the “Screening” stage of HIA. This call will help demonstration project applicants define an appropriate decision-making target for the HIA. Registration is required.
    • August 15, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET –Web conference call providing general information about the HIA Program grant initiative, strategies that agencies and organizations have used to create stable HIA programs, and selection criteria. Registration is required.
  4. Online Application
    • 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.
  5. HIA Program Grants: Additional Information
    • 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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