The BUILD Health Challenge is a national award program designed to foster improved health through community, health system, and public health collaboration. http://www.buildhealthchallenge.org. The awards are designed to strengthen collaborations 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. This award program brings together a prestigious group of funding partners in The Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Colorado Health Foundation. Other partners include the California Health Foundation, Duke University, Housing Partnership Network, Prevention Institute and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
Here’s the big news for all of us working in healthcare: BUILD Health plans to award up to $8.5 million in grants, low-interest loans, and program-related investments over two years. Awards will support up to 17 community-driven initiatives addressing health-shaping factors that individuals can’t control – such as neighborhood safety or the availability of fresh foods. As they state on the BUILD Health website,
“Recognizing that health starts long before illness, in our neighborhoods, homes, schools, and jobs, the BUILD Health Challenge will award grants to collaborative partnerships that are making community conditions more conducive to health for everyone within a particular neighborhood, not just certain individuals.”
Awards: The BUILD Health Challenge is offering two types of awards: Planning Awards and Implementation Awards. Planning Awards will offer up to $75,000 to awardees for one year with the potential for an additional year of funding if certain criteria can be met. Implementation Awards are available for up to $250,000 and will have two-year duration. For more detail, visit the BUILD Health Website.
Deadline: Round 1 applications are due January 16, 2015. To access the application and learn more, click here. Although, as I noted above, a collaboration will be funded (local nonprofits, health departments, and hospital systems), it is important to note that the nonprofit community organization will be the recipient of the monetary award and will therefore likely serve as the lead applicant.
Below is the BUILD Health Challenge infographic. If you click on the image you can view it at full size. To download the infographic, click here.