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To help communities in advancing their understanding and support of lead poisoning prevention, NCHH will award mini-grants of up to $5,000 to 10 or more communities across the country to plan and host lead poisoning prevention events. Grants are intended to help gather community members and decision-makers to engage in a dialogue around actions that can advance local lead poisoning prevention efforts.
Who is eligible?

For-profit organizations are not eligible to apply for funding. Government, education, public housing, nonprofit, and tribal organizations may apply as long as they are based in the United States.

How much money is available?

Communities can apply for up to $5,000 in funding to support a local event.  A total of $50,000 will be awarded. This competitive solicitation is being led by the National Center for Healthy Housing and the Trust for America’s Health. Funding is made possible through the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. 

Can a community submit more than one application?

A community may submit more than one application. However, a community may not receive funding for more than one event, even if there are different primary applicants.

What types of activities can the funding support?

Funding should be used to support community-based events that have a clear focus on lead poisoning prevention and response. Priority will be given to communities that demonstrate a need for the funding, have a clear plan in place for using the funding, and can articulate the anticipated impact of the funding. Events may have a broad lead poisoning prevention theme or be focused on a specific aspect of lead poisoning prevention and response, but events that have a clear plan for including decision-makers or effecting positive change will be given priority.

Examples of events include, but are not limited to:
*Coalition-building meeting
*Press conference or event
*School/childcare center awareness events (e.g., especially those that include free blood lead testing or distribution of free lead test kits for dust, paint, water, or soil)
*Town hall event involving parents of lead exposed children and local policymakers, to discuss lead prevention strategies in your community
*Workshop for health professionals and health advocates
*Interdisciplinary round-table event gathering parents, pediatricians, environmental researchers, and policymakers to discuss local action towards eradicating lead

Communities may apply to use funding for an event that has already been planned.

Events must occur by November 30, 2017, and should plan to promote the forthcoming report, 10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure, as a basis for identifying successful approaches. Copies of the report will be made available to successful applicants.

Funding may NOT be used to support attempts to influence legislation through direct or grassroots lobbying. For example, funds cannot be used for signage that endorses pending legislation or an elected official.

How will communities be selected?
Applications will be scored according to the following criteria:
  • Clarity of plan for event (5 points): Does the applicant have a clearly articulated plan? Is the plan reasonable? Do they have experience in successfully hosting similar events?
  • Demonstrated need (5 points): Does the applicant’s community have a significant burden of lead poisoning or risk factors associated with lead poisoning? Or are there disparities within the community or specific subpopulations at greater risk of lead poisoning? Is there a gap in services or messaging or political will that the proposed work will help to address?
  • Potential impact of the event (5 points): What is the potential impact or local significance of this event? Does the applicant clearly articulate what outcomes the event should achieve? Will it reach a substantial or influential portion of the community? Will it help to influence or catalyze the development of policy, partnerships, funding, or services?
  • Relevance to prevention of and response to childhood lead poisoning (5 points):  Does the applicant have a clear focus on one or more aspects of lead poisoning prevention or response to childhood lead poisoning?

The selection committee will also consider diversity of geography, local community capacity, focus area, and other factors in selecting communities for funding, but these items will not be scored.

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of staff from the National Center for Healthy Housing, Trust for America’s Health, Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Members of a selection committee will review each application using the scoring criteria articulated above, then meet to discuss and finalize the list of communities selected for funding.

What information do I need to apply?

You can preview all of the application questions here. You’ll need to complete your application in one session online, so we recommend that you prepare your responses in advance.

When are applications due?

Applications may be submitted at any time but are due no later than 5 p.m. ET on Friday, July 28, 2017.

Where can I get more information?

Contact Jo Miller ( or Sarah Goodwin ( or visit the NCHH website for more information. Answers to other submitted questions will also be posted here.

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