Grant Opportunities

Several grant opportunities have recently been announced in the field of public health:

2017 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government
The American Public Health Association is accepting applications for the 2017 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government. Candidates must have strong public health credentials and be able to spend one year in Washington, D.C. The fellow will have the option of working in the House or Senate on legislative and policy issues such as creating healthy communities, improving health equity, addressing environmental health concerns, population health or the social determinants of health.

Training for the fellowship will begin in January 2017 so you must be able to move to the Washington, D.C., area in January. The fellowship provides a unique learning experience and demonstrates the value and need for basing policy on sound science. Throughout the year, the fellow will gain a practical knowledge of government and how the public policy process works.

  • All candidates must:
  • be an APHA member.
  • have a graduate degree in public health or a related discipline.
  • have at least five years’ experience as a public health professional beyond graduate or medical training.
  • be a citizen of the U.S. or its territories or have permanent residence status in the U.S.

Applications, additional information and brief articles from the previous fellows are available on APHA’s website. The application, including a CV and three letters of recommendation, is due to APHA by August 15, 2016.

For more information, please feel free to contact or 202-777-2510.

$10 Million Grants Program to Build Healthy, Resilient Coastal Communities
The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has joined with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to establish a $10 million grants program to fund projects that enhance the science and practice of coastal community resilience in the Gulf of Mexico region. These projects will explore the interrelated health, social, environmental, and economic impacts of disasters and other environmental stressors and inform strategies to address these challenges in Gulf communities. For more information about this new program, visit and register to receive e-mail updates.

FY 2016 Promise Neighborhoods Competition
Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: August 11, 2016
Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify the U.S. Department of Education of the applicant’s intent to submit an application for funding by submitting an e-mail to the Promise Neighborhood Mailbox
Deadline to Submit Applications: September 6, 2016
Full details here.
Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-070816-001
The 2016 Promise Neighborhoods grant competition will award $30 million to up to five organizations to provide their communities with a coordinated, comprehensive suite of services and school supports aimed at improving the outcomes for students and their families. New grantees will build on a portfolio of 58 prior Promise Neighborhood grants in 48 communities across the nation, representing a federal investment of nearly $300 million. To date, over 1,000 national, state, and local organizations have partnered with a Promise Neighborhood, benefiting students at over 700 schools.

Our Town Grant Program, National Endowment for the Arts
Applications due September 12, 2016.
Full details here.
The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work – placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas: Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects and Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.

Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants
Applications due September 13, 2016.
Full details at here.
Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6000-N-08
HUD is making $5,000,000 available through this NOFA for Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants. The Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants Program funds national organizations with expertise in rural housing and community development to strengthen the capacity of rural housing development organizations, CDCs, CHDOs, local governments, and Indian Tribes to carry out community development and affordable housing activities that benefit low- and moderate-income families and persons in rural areas. Award Ceiling: $2,500,000 ; Award Floor: $500,000