New Jersey Health Initiatives - A Better State of Health
A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program
Our Grants

About Our Grantmaking

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NJHI support a broad range of community-focused service delivery projects aimed at creating healthier communities across New Jersey. Projects funded through NJHI generally range from two to four years in duration with proposals submitted annually through calls for proposals issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. NJHI is a competitive grants program.

Our Current Initiatives

The BUILD Health Challenge

New Jersey Health Initiatives is excited to be 1 of 5 new funders advancing meaningful change in our communities through the BUILD Health Challenge. BUILD stands for: Bold, Upstream, Integrated, Local, Data-Driven partnerships. The BUILD Health Challenge seeks to learn from its funded partnerships in order to better understand the factors that contribute to meaningful health improvement.

The BUILD Health Challenge will support at least 17 national awards of up to $250,000 over a two-year period. Three of these awards will be given in New Jersey. As nearly 70 percent of health outcomes in the U.S. can be attributed to the interplay and influence of social, physical and economic environments on health behaviors, BUILD awardees will work to improve communities that are adversely affected by these factors, which are often referred to as the social determinants of health. The application deadline for this award has passed and grantees will be announced in the Fall. Click here to learn more about the BUILD Health Challenge.

Our Active Initiatives

Since 1986, New Jersey Health Initiatives has supported innovations and conversations across the state with a vision of achieving health equity for all New Jerseyans. Our active initiatives include:


NJHI: Next Generation Community Leaders supports communities in preparing the next generation of civic and community leaders by leveraging the strengths of youth to build healthier communities. This program supports communities in preparing the next generation of civic and community leaders by providing them with the resources and technical assistance they need to focus the time, talent, and energy of youth, while also providing each youth with an opportunity to make meaningful change in their communities through summer employment on a self-designed, community-focused project. The video above recounts the success of a youth leadership project in Bridgeton, NJ, during the summer of 2016.

Through this initiative, NJHI supports up to 10 organizations in engaging teams of 10-15 youth to effect long-term change in their communities. Each selected grantee receives a grant of up to $200,000 in total over three years.

2016, 2015



NJHI: Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey – Communities Moving to Action, Round 2
Video: Early successes of the 2016 CMA grantees


NJHI: Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey – Communities Moving to Action
The optimism of all 10 original CMA grantees