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Funding Opportunity: Catalyzing Housing and Health Collaborations in Small and Midsize Cities

Application deadline: The application deadline is currently closed 

The Housing Solutions Lab invites proposals for Catalyzing Housing and Health Collaborations in Small and Midsize Cities. The goal of this funding is to spark meaningful collaborative projects between housing and health stakeholders that have the potential to advance health and well-being. 

With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, selected teams will each receive $25,000 to conduct projects over 12 months. Up to three teams will receive awards. The funding will support teams in small and midsize cities with populations between 50,000 and 500,000 residents. In addition to funding, project teams will have access to data and research assistance from the Housing Solutions Lab. 

Projects may address a broad range of issues that bring together cross-sector housing and health teams for shared strategy, implementation, and evaluation activities. Potential projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Designing, piloting, or evaluating initiatives focused on a shared challenge (e.g., supporting aging in place, improving housing quality, reducing homelessness and housing instability, revitalizing neighborhoods).
  • Establishing or strengthening data-sharing practices and tools.
  • Examining the potential impact of land use, zoning, and housing policies on health. 
  • Integrating health priorities into the development of a local housing strategy.
  • Developing collaborative community needs assessment or community engagement activities. 

We encourage projects that promote racial equity and/or include a focus on populations that disproportionately experience housing or health disparities, including, but not limited to, persons with low incomes, persons experiencing homelessness, seniors, and persons with disabilities.

Applicants must be based in small and midsize United States cities with populations between 50,000-500,000. Teams must include at least two organizations representing a cross-sector partnership between housing and health. Eligible organizations may include local governments, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, public entities, and for-profit organizations. Project teams must include local government, such as a representative from a housing, planning, or health department or mayor’s office. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are due by October 23, 2023. View the Complete Call for Proposals for additional details.  

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