New award program invites proposals for innovative community and hospital collaborations to catalyze healthy communities

The newly launched BUILD Health Challenge is seeking innovative proposals for community-based organizations, hospitals, local health departments, and other key stakeholders to work as partners on efforts that advance equity and community health.

Jointly funded by The Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the BUILD Health Challenge supports Bold, Upstream, Integrated, Local, and Data-driven (BUILD) community collaborations within cities with populations greater than 150,000. The national award program is designed to support community collaborations that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy. Specifically, BUILD Health will give two kinds of awards —planning and implementation. In addition to grants, awardees will have access to a broad range of support services, including technical assistance, coaching, and access to networks of population health innovators.

BUILD Health invites collaborative proposals that will identify, highlight, and advance new models for improving community health and health equity. It aims to identify and share the most promising innovations and best practices with the rest of the country.

BUILD Health will award up to $7.5 million in grants, low-interest loans, and program-related investments over two years. Awards will support up to 14 community-driven efforts addressing health-shaping factors that individuals can’t control — such as neighborhood safety so kids can go out and play, or whether there’s a grocery store in the area so residents have the opportunity to buy healthy food.

By giving these awards to collaborative partnerships, BUILD Health hopes that many parts of the community will combine their strengths and capabilities to give everyone a chance to live a healthy life, particularly in low-income urban neighborhoods where these opportunities have not been prevalent.

There will be Q&A web conferences on Dec. 2, 4, and 9 for potential applicants. Applications are due Jan. 16, 2015. For more information visit

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