Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects

Forward Promise Empowerment Projects
Grant Opportunity

First Nations Development Institute has partnered with Forward Promise to bring you this important message.Forward Promise, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, established to promote the health of boys and young men of color (BYMOC), is pleased to announce the release of its new Call for Proposals (CFP) – Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects.

Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects seeks to elevate solutions and strategies that provide culturally-relevant and evidence-supported responses to trauma for BYMOC ages 12-24, while promoting opportunities for them to heal, grow and thrive.

Empowerment Projects will support up to nine organizations with grants between $150,000 and $450,000 over two years, to strengthen their capacity to provide programming for and with BYMOC; enhance their ability to use data and research; and increase their ability to influence policy and practice in support of culturally-responsive, trauma-informed, and healing-promoting strategies BYMOC.


Complete information about the CFP and how to apply is also available at The deadline for submitting brief proposals is May 2, 2017, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

New Funding Opportunity: $2M in Research Funding

Research shows universal preschool education would give all children a boost to live a healthier life. There are potentially many more supportive policies—help discover laws and regulations that would help support better community health.

Two million dollars in research funding is available through the Policies for Action call for proposals, including $500,000 for research on actionable policies that support children’s healthy weight or reduce child obesity.

We seek research in health care and mental health, public health,  education, the workforce, housing, criminal justice, planning and transportation, energy and the environment, technology, and transportation to better understand how each of the different sectors impact health, well-being, and equity.

Learn more about this opportunity and register for an informational webinar >

Interested in learning more about our leadership and research opportunities? Find out which RWJF program is right for you.

Don’t Miss Out on the Funding Opportunity from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation!


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is looking to better understand how businesses can create healthier communities––both within and beyond corporate walls. They know that investing resources into building healthier communities can be good business, but need to build the evidence base of how and why.

Up to $2 million in funding will be awarded, with individual grants up to $250,000 for studies ranging from 12-28 months.

Submission deadline: June 14, 2016

Learn more about the funding opportunity and register for an informational webinar >

Check Out These Opportunities Inside the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations’ New Connections Newsletter!


In this newsletter there are several items showcased, from 2016 Call for Proposals to new professional and fellowship opportunities.

From the New Connections Blog

If you are interested in writing a blog for the New Connections website, please contact Seth Klukoff at

Apply for the 2017 Foundation for Child Development Young Scholars Program

The FCD Young Scholars Program (YSP) supports policy and practice-relevant research that is focused on the early learning and development needs of the nation’s children who are growing up under conditions of economic insecurity and social exclusion. Due June 1st!

To view the full newsletter online click here:



New Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Funding Opportunity Available! Apply by January 12, 2016.


As part of our $25 million commitment to build a Culture of Health, RWJF national program—Systems for Action—is launching its first call for proposals to identify and study system innovations that improve the reach, quality, efficiency, and equity of health services, particularly as it drives collaboration and integration among the health care and other systems (e.g. transportation, education, urban design).

Questions about the program, eligibility, or the selection process? Join an informational webinar with Glen Mays, PhD, MPH, Systems for Action project director, will be held on December 18 from 1-2 p.m. ET.

Learn more about the funding opportunity and register for the webinar >

Voices for Healthy Kids Competitive Foods Toolkit Available

The Voices for Healthy Kids team, are excited to share the toolkit on school foods entitled “Make Food Choices an Easy ‘A’.”  To receive access to the toolkit, click here.

This toolkit is a compilation of facts, sample materials, and guidance on how to build, engage, and mobilize a social change movement in your state or community on this critical issue.  The toolkit is wrapped together by a unique theme designed to maximize interest and action on schools foods.  Together with a collection of parallel toolkits on other proven social change strategies to help kids live more active, healthful lives, we want to help focus and energize advocates around the country.

This toolkit is for you to use and share.  Just as important, we want to hear back from you.  We consider our toolkits to be dynamic documents.  We want to update, improve, and add to them based on the insights and lessons in the field.  Please share back with us your comments for the next version.

Voices for Healthy Kids is a collaboration between the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched in February 2013.  Together with a diverse array of partners, we are working to engage, organize and mobilize advocates to improve the health of their communities and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.  There are now more than one-in- three children and teens in the U.S. who are overweight or obese.  Voices for Healthy Kids is focused on advocating for policy and social change at the community, state, and federal levels in order to help young people eat healthier foods and be more active.  Find out more at

If you want to learn more about Voices for Healthy Kids, we have many opportunities to share resources, to get involved in advocacy efforts at the state and local level as well as join us in support of reversing youth obesity through policy and advocacy efforts. For more information, please email us at