Purpose: The BUILD Health Challenge is a national award program designed to support community collaborations that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy. Specifically, the BUILD Health Challenge will give two kinds of awards —planning and implementation awards — to strengthen partnerships among hospitals, nonprofits, local health departments, and other community organizations to improve the health of low-income neighborhoods within cities with populations greater than 150,000. 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.

The BUILD Health Challenge invites collaborative proposals that will identify, highlight, and advance new models for improving community health and health equity. The Challenge 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.

Receipt Date: Jan. 16, 2015: Round 1 applications due
Feb. 12, 2015: Invitations extended to select applicants for Round 2
April 10, 2015: Round 2 applications due
Total Awards: 5 Planning Awards, $75,000 (one-year period)
9 Implementation Awards, $250,000 (two-year periods)
Eligibility: To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Include (at minimum) the partnership of a hospital or health system, local health department, and nonprofit community organization or coalition of organizations.
  • Focus activity within a delineated zip code(s), census tract(s), or neighborhood(s) experiencing significant health disparities within a city of 150,000 residents or more.
  • Be willing to participate in a learning collaborative and openly share challenges, results, and outcomes.
Link: http://www.buildhealthchallenge.org
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