To promote health equity and better life outcomes across people, place, and power, this $1 million grant initiative seeks to support community changemakers and leaders to use United States Small-Area Life Expectancy Project (USALEEP) data to advance innovative solutions from across sectors that intersect with health outcomes– such as education, transportation, criminal justice, housing, urban planning and other sectors.
Powering Healthy Lives will fund projects that use the USALEEP dataset with interdisciplinary approaches that seek to address health disparities, narrow the life expectancy gap, and promote health equity and social justice. As such, this grant initiative will support projects that demonstrate strong alignment with at least one of the priority areas of people, place, and power.
This is an open funding opportunity. We welcome submissions from any organization interested in putting local data to work for healthier, more equitable communities, such as community organizers, nonprofits, local government agencies, public schools, researchers, service providers, and others. Universities are ineligible to apply as lead applicants but they can serve as a partner to eligible applicants.
To ensure that the funding opportunity is open and equitable to all, Powering Healthy Lives will follow a two-stage process:
Stage 1: This funding opportunity begins with an open invitation to submit ideas. Ideas may be submitted by either a brief written letter or video. Only the content of the proposed idea will be considered; videos and letters will not be judged for production value. (For more information, please see LOI Submission Guidelines.)
Stage 2: Top ideas will be invited to submit full proposals detailing the activities, budget, and impact of their projects. Funding will be available for up to 6-10 projects. The total amount awarded and the number of awards will depend on the quality of the applications received.
The timeline below highlights key dates for Powering Healthy Lives:
Applicants are asked to submit proposals that fall under one of the following three priority areas.
This funding opportunity seeks to support projects informed by the expertise of communities who have systematically experienced social or economic barriers to health – based on race, ethnicity, religion, class, immigration status, gender, age, or mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation or gender identity; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.
Powering Healthy Lives seeks projects led by individuals who have lived experience, or have significant credibility and longstanding relationships with these communities. Identified communities include but are not limited to:
Projects that select this priority area will have to demonstrate how the expertise of communities who have endured historical and ongoing marginalization is reflected in ways such as:
We know that not everyone has the same opportunity to be healthy where they live, especially across race and place. This funding opportunity seeks to support projects led by organizations in regions facing some of the worst health disparities using USALEEP data to better understand their local assets and challenges, grounded in deep knowledge of the community.
Powering Healthy Lives seeks to fund projects currently located in and serving communities facing some of the worst health disparities. While this is not meant to be an exclusionary list, this funding opportunity currently seeks to fund projects in the below priority areas:
Please note: USALEEP data is currently not available for Wisconsin or Maine. Please see the Map of USALEEP Data Availability in Key Materials for a geographic visualization of where the USALEEP data is available (~90% of US census tracts).
This funding opportunity will support projects that are committed to building power in communities by advancing equity in changing policies, laws, systems, environments, and practices to address inequities that impact health outcomes. This includes efforts to use the USALEEP data to empower local stakeholders to hold institutions and policymakers accountable for providing equitable access to resources essential for health.
Powering Healthy Lives seeks to support projects with power building strategies including but not limited to:
All projects will be required to demonstrate how they will incorporate USALEEP data into an approach to address the social determinants of health and equity to improve life and health outcomes. Powering Healthy Lives seeks to fund projects that:
See scoring rubric for how these selection criteria will be evaluated.
SUPPORT AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: Support and technical assistance from the Urban Institute will be available throughout the data challenge, including webinars and feedback.
KEY MATERIALS: Please explore the following materials for more information on Powering Healthy Lives.
Please refer to the below for other special considerations: