Monday, June 18, 2012

New Funding Opportunity for Healthy, Equitable Built Environment and Food Access Efforts

The Convergence Partnership is announcing a new funding opportunity. Interested applicants can review the Convergence Innovation Fund Request for Proposals. Applications are due Thursday, August 9, 2012, 5 p.m. PT.

The Convergence Partnership encourages local and regional philanthropic institutions to submit proposals for grantmaking initiatives that support innovative, multifield policy and environmental change strategies that enhance the built environment and expand food access to improve health and equity. Proposals selected to receive Innovation Fund awards will receive 50 percent in matching dollars, up to $200,000 for a three-year period.

Local organizations can initiate the proposal by approaching their local foundations to discuss healthy, equitable built environment and healthy food access opportunities. Applications, however, must be submitted by the local foundation. In the application review process, priority will be given to applicants who apply in partnership with equity-focused community groups. Visit and the RFP for examples of projects previously funded by the Innovation Fund.
The Innovation Fund was created to offer an incentive to local and regional funders to take risks in grantmaking, urge them to promote equity, focus on policy and environmental change, and create non-traditional partnerships. The goal is to develop long-term support and commitment to creating healthy, equitable communities.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an informational webinar on either Thursday, June 21 or Thursday, June 28. See the RFP for details.

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