Business Leadership Network Community Grant

Business Leadership Network Community Grant

In 2015, the UI College of Public Health through the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy inaugurated the Business Leadership Network (BLN) Community Grant Project to support projects, programs, and activities that build collaborations and support community well-being.

The purpose of the BLN Community Grant is to foster collaboration in Iowa’s smaller communities in addressing areas of identified community health or public health need. The intent is also to begin or strengthen partnerships with business and industry and to link with the University of Iowa College of Public Health experts and resources in appropriate topical issues.

In the first year, grant awards included projects focused on keeping youth active and safe, providing food to combat food insecurity, engaging youth in multi-generational public health priorities, educating elementary school children about oral health, and promoting workplace wellness programs in the private sector. Learn more about the  2016 community grant recipients.

Proposals for year two of the community grant project are now being accepted through October 24, 2016. Topic areas include but are not limited to healthy lifestyles, population health, data accumulation, workplace safety/wellness, community needs assessment, children and youth issues, healthy aging, arts and health collaborations, and sustainability of multi-generational, livable communities.

Who is eligible: Nonprofit organizations, and local government entities in the BLN regions.

Funds available: Up to eight cash grant awards of up to $3,000 each will be made to applicants in communities within the Business Leadership Network regions. Grants require a minimum 1:1 cash or in-kind match.

Time frame:
Issue Date                                                  September 7, 2016
Proposal Due Date                                      October 24, 2016
Awards Announced                                     December 6, 2016
Grant Project Time frame                           January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017
Deliverables Due                                         March 31, 2018

In addition to the community grant, a replication grant is being offered for this second funding cycle. This opportunity allows communities that have implemented successful approaches to addressing community health or public health needs to work with other communities to adapt the approach in their community or area. These successful initiatives could include prior BLN funded community grants, Blue Zones projects, or any other existing project.

Community Grant Request for Proposal

Replication Grant Request for Proposal

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