Civic Engagement: Building Health Equity Through Community Voice (Request for Applications)

Civic Engagement: Building Health Equity Through Community Voice (Request for Applications)

This request for applications (RFA) invites organizations to apply for funds to support civic engagement projects that focus on community-articulated health priorities. This includes work to increase civic engagement among local populations that have valuable perspectives and ideas, but for various reasons do not currently participate in the democratic process.

Increased health equity and improvement in health outcomes depends on community inclusivity and voice. The improvement of health outcomes is reliant not only on programmatic factors such as community-focused prevention efforts, access to high-quality health care, access to healthy food, and safe physical environments, but also contingent on how policies are shaped, and resources are allocated. Therefore, it is critical that communities are engaged as part of the decision-making process, especially those populations with the worst health outcomes and greatest barriers to accessing care.

The intended objectives for projects under Building Health Equity Through Community Voice include:

  • Building ongoing, year-round civic engagement efforts into health equity issue work;
  • Mobilizing populations that are new to the democratic process, historically underrepresented, and affected by health disparities;
  • Seeking out and developing trusted leaders drawn from the very communities they will work to mobilize; and
  • Developing stronger organizational capacity to do issues-based, local civic engagement work.

MFH is interested in projects that will connect with, listen to, and empower Missourians to activate their own voices to create self-determined, health-related, local change. Applicants are required to identify and describe the health equity issue area(s) and how the project will engage historically underrepresented populations in policy, systems change, and the democratic process. Engaging the public in this way requires a variety of tactics which might include, but are not limited to:

  • Increasing individuals and communities’ civic participation
  • Outreach to new and underrepresented voices, including infrequent voters
  • Providing health-related issue education and empowerment
  • Elevating community voices to educate policy makers on health-related issues of importance to communities

Grants will be awarded to organizations whose proposals demonstrate the following:

  • Representation of a population disproportionately affected by health disparities;
  • Engagement of these populations to identify local, community health priorities;
  • Experience in mobilizing network members and communities to accelerate change;
  • Experience in utilizing advocacy and/or grassroots organizing to affect change; or
  • Collaboration with other organizations in the implementation of grant activities.

Budget and Awards

Applicants may apply for up to two years of funding. Award amounts will vary, and applicants should submit a budget that aligns with the scope of the project, supports proposed activities, and clearly connects activities or outcomes with line item requests.

Click here to download the full RFA.

Applications are due by Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be nonprofit or governmental entities and meet the general MFH funding guidelines available on the Foundation’s website. Organizations with experience in community-level engagement/grassroots organizing are especially encouraged to apply.

If you have questions about the goals or content of this RFA, please contact Nicole Brueggeman, Community and Advocacy Affairs Manager. No phone calls please.