America's Promise Healthy Schools Fund
America's Promise Healthy Schools Fund
Every young person deserves a foundation of health to be able to grow and thrive. Yet good health is out of reach for many young people. That’s why America’s Promise Alliance seeks to bolster health at one of the most critical intersections of youth and their communities: school. We believe that when communities have healthy schools, young people will experience greater health, achieve better academic outcomes, and in turn, impact the entire community. By increasing the number of healthy schools, we can create the conditions for every child to have a healthy, successful life.
America’s Promise is leading this effort as part of the Together for Healthy and Successful Schools initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The initiative is a collective effort to better understand the dynamics in diverse schools and communities that foster or stand in the way of creating healthier school environments. As a part of this initiative, America’s Promise seeks to activate and align existing and new stakeholders at both the local and national levels to build demand for healthy schools.
The America's Promise Healthy Schools Fund will support communities working to create healthier school environments for all children. Recognizing that school-centered health intersects with many areas outside of education—housing, employment, transportation, and food access— as well as many audiences, efforts should serve as a hub for cross-sector collaboration, youth and community engagement, and broader policy and systemic change.
America’s Promise will award three to five grants of up to $150,000 each per year for two years (for a total of up to $300,000) to collaborative efforts that display alignment with this vision and a proven ability to accelerate positive change for young people in schools and their communities.
- Be a public, private, or non-profit organization with an explicit mission to serve children, youth, and communities (e.g. community-based organization, foundation, government agency, school district, collective impact coalition);
- Be connected to multiple sectors (e.g. health, education, housing, economic development) and stakeholders across the community;
- Demonstrate evidence of prior collaboration with key stakeholders on health or education initiatives;
- Be active in one of the following states: Alaska, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, or Washington;
- Have school district commitment as a partner to the initiative and evidence of a collaborative relationship with key district leaders/officials; If the applicant is a school district, it must have community partner commitment and evidence of a collaborative relationship with leaders in the community;
- Have commitment to health equity and to serving young people facing the greatest obstacles to thriving.
Applicants will insert all application documents through the America’s Promise Grant Application Portal. Please register as a new user and continue with the application process.
The following template files are available for drafting purposes. Only final content submitted in the Grant Application Portal will be accepted for review.
- Application template (content is the same as what is in the Grant Application Portal; final version must be submitted in Grant Application Portal)
- Scope of Work template (final version must be included as an attachment in the Grant Application Portal)
- Budget and Budget Narrative template (final version must be included as an attachment in the Grant Application Portal)
A team of external and internal reviewers will evaluate all applications. In addition to the eligibility requirements described above, the strongest applicants will have a high degree of alignment with the vision laid out in the Healthy Schools Fund brochure and a proven ability to accelerate change for young people. Reviewers will score applications based on how well applicants demonstrate their resources and capabilities in the areas outlined and listed in the RFP.
America’s Promise has brought together five core partner organizations to help accelerate change at the local level and serve as the first front of a unified national movement for healthy children and healthy environments in schools. Grantees can expect to learn and collaborate with core partners throughout the course of the grant.