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January 25, 2016
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Congress Passes Spending Plan for 2016
Following the enactment of a two-year bipartisan budget deal that raises the debt limit and partially lifts sequestration through fiscal year 2017, the President signed into law on December 18 a $1.1 trillion spending plan that funds the federal government through September 2016. The spending plan fully allocates the Prevention and Public Health Fund; maintains funding for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) and the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program; and reserves funding for the third and final year of the Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) program. The federal budgeting process for fiscal year 2017 (October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2016) will begin when the President releases his budget proposal on February 9.
Funders’ Network Announces 2016 PLACES Fellows
Earlier this month, the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities announced their 2016 PLACES (Professionals Learning About Community, Equity and Smart Growth) Fellows. The PLACES Fellowship exposes fellows to new ways of thinking about the role of philanthropy in empowering historically underserved and low-income communities. The 2016 Fellows join a growing PLACES community of philanthropy professionals who are making a lasting impact by promoting equity and diversity through their grantmaking. The Network launched the PLACES Fellowship in 2008, its first philanthropic leadership development initiative. PLACES is designed as a year-long fellowship program that offers tools, knowledge, and best practices to enhance funder grantmaking decisions in ways that are responsive to the needs and assets of low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.
To learn more about the PLACES Fellowship and the 2016 Fellows, click here.
Funding Opportunities and Award Opportunities
Call for Nominations: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – National Recreation and Park Association Awards for Health Equity
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has awarded the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) a $60,000 grant spanning seven years to help establish the RWJF Awards for Health Equity. The Awards for Health Equity recognizes an individual, or team of no more than two individuals, who has successfully implemented a systems change approach to reduce health disparities in his/her community within the past two years. The award is supporting a total of 10 national membership organizations in finding and honoring individuals who are successfully using systems changes to address health disparities within their communities. RWJF believes that it is critical to improve systems that influence the determinants of health — such as public safety, employment, housing, education — in order to improve lives and reduce health disparities.
This award is part of a series of awards, supported by RWJF, but presented, offered and administered separately by independent organizations. It celebrates leaders who improve the conditions that lead to disparities through changing policies and environments. The award supports RWJF’s Culture of Health initiative that seeks to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to live in healthy environments, make choices that lead to the healthiest lives possible, and receive quality health care.
Deadline for submission of nominations is March 20, 2016.
For more information on how to apply, click here.
Invest Health: Now Accepting Letters of Intent
Invest Health, a, multisector initiative to improve health in mid-sized cities across the country, has released a Call for Proposals. The initiative, a partnership of The Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), will work to fully incorporate health outcomes into community development activity and fundamentally change neighborhoods across the country. Leadership teams representing up to 50 mid-sized cities (cities with populations between 50,000 and 400,000) will be chosen to collaborate on ways to align people, strategies, and capital to improve the factors that drive health in low-income neighborhoods — from a scarcity of quality jobs, affordable housing, and nutritious food, to high crime rates and unhealthy environmental conditions. Selected teams will receive a grant award of up to $60,000 toward participation in the initiative. Letters of Intent are due by January 29, 2016.
For more information or to apply, click here.