New Jersey Health Initiatives - A Better State of Health
A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program
Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives

An Important Update

As we all work in today’s uncertain and quickly shifting environment, we at New Jersey Health Initiatives are sensitive to the many responsibilities you are managing. Considering the continued uncertainty with regard to the State’s current stay-at-home order, the immediate local response to and anticipated recovery from COVID-19, we have decided to postpone indefinitely the due date for your grant proposal submission.

We are not cancelling this initiative. We are postponing the start, to ensure that the grant submission timeline and start of the grant projects will align with the anticipated needs of your communities, your partners and your organizations. In the coming weeks, we will consult with you and our partners to determine a realistic timeline and proposal submission date to restart this initiative.

This postponement does not mean NJHI and our partners at City Health Dashboard and Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) & All-In: Data for Community Health are not here for you. We are available now, and you can reach out to us by phone or email for any reason.

Below are links to a few active COVID-19 relief and response funds in South Jersey as well as statewide. This is not at all a comprehensive list of available resources.  Please review the individual funds for their application process, funding priorities, and grant amounts.

Click here to view a list of all response funds in New Jersey. In addition, NJHI is compiling resources related to COVID-19 on our web site here.


About the Initiative

The purpose of New Jersey Health Initiatives’ Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives funding initiative is to provide technical assistance and support to small communities in southern New Jersey. Through this initiative, up to 10 funded communities will address upstream challenges to health and health equity by: 1) collaborating across sectors; and 2) making better use of data resources.

This initiative is intentionally designed to improve equity in “small communities” (<50,000 residents) in southern New Jersey by deliberately focusing on resources to which these communities are less likely to have access when making decisions that can improve the health of the community. Through this initiative, eligible communities will be provided a series of tools which will include a local data dashboard; examples of local data that can illustrate the factors that make up a healthy community; processes to identify local gaps and challenges; and opportunities to facilitate the development of common goals for improvement. The data dashboard will be developed by City Health Dashboard and will include data specific to city boundaries—such as life expectancy, obesity, and children in poverty—with the goal of improving the health and well-being of everyone in the community.

A focal element of the Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives initiative is a Co-Creation Event. This activity included an interactive informational session, workshops, and coaching/facilitation from collaborators (e.g., RWJF staff; NJHI staff and Advisory Committee members; DASH/All-In; City Health Dashboard) who have expertise in areas such as grantmaking, local/community knowledge, data, the social determinants of health and health equity. The 10 communities invited to apply for grants through the initiative spent a day at the Co-Creation Event to gain a better understanding of opportunities to address the social determinants of health using data-driven ideas.

Each community had a facilitator assigned to their team who worked with the team to develop the initial project to be funded under the initiative. Each community will have the opportunity to apply for a two-year grant of up to $50,000 from RWJF. It is anticipated that communities will likely implement more than one project during the initiative with the sum of all projects totaling no more than $50,000. At the conclusion of the Co-Creation Event, communities had developed a strong draft of a proposal that they can finalize over several weeks and submit via the RWJF online system.

Considering the continued uncertainty with regard to the State’s current stay-at-home order, the immediate local response to and anticipated recovery from COVID-19, we have decided to postpone indefinitely the due date for your grant proposal submission. We are not cancelling this initiative. We are postponing the start, to ensure that the grant submission timeline and start of the grant projects will align with the anticipated needs of your communities, your partners and your organizations.


Download the Call for Proposals by clicking here.


FAQ

Grant Program Overview

Can a community be selected for more than one grant?
Projects will be selected with the intention of funding a diverse group of communities based on several criteria such as location (e.g., within the eight southernmost counties in New Jersey, urban/rural), characteristics of the community being served, and types of stakeholders involved in the project. We will not fund more than one team in any community.

Can NJHI grant dollars be applied toward an existing program or model?
No, funding through NJHI is not intended to support existing programs or models.

When will the NJHI: Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives grants begin?
Considering the continued uncertainty with regard to the State’s current stay-at-home order, the immediate local response to and anticipated recovery from COVID-19, we have decided to postpone indefinitely the due date for your grant proposal submission. We are not cancelling this initiative. We are postponing the start, to ensure that the grant submission timeline and start of the grant projects will align with the anticipated needs of your communities, your partners and your organizations.

How many grants will be awarded?
NJHI will award up to 10 Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives grants.

What is the amount of the award and duration of the grant period?
Grants of up to $50,000 each will be awarded for a duration of two years.

How do you define “small community?”
For this initiative, a small community could be a town, township, municipality or city of up to 50,000 residents.

What is a “Dream Team?”
The Dream Team is a group of leaders from the community that represent a diversity of residents, organizations, and agencies, all committed to ensuring that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

How many projects does NJHI expect my community Dream Team to implement during the grant period?
We anticipate that each community Dream Team will implement at least two projects under the initiative.

If NJHI expects each community Dream Team to implement at least two projects under this initiative, are the projects required to have timebound phases of work?
No. It is possible for one project to begin before another ends. We understand community engagement and similar efforts are continual. It is fine if an overlap exists between your projects.

Does the grant funding have to be spent equally over the life of the grant?
For this initiative, each community Dream Team will have up to $50,000 in grant funding available to them for the duration of this initiative. No more than $25,000 will be released in grant year one. Your budget will be reflective of the type of project you plan to implement first in the two-year grant period, as we expect you will implement at least two projects during the two-years.

Do we have to apply, and /or budget for all of the potential funds now?
You will apply for the full $50,000. However, you are only required to submit a budget narrative for up to $25,000 for Year One of this initiative. Specific guidelines are provided in the budget narrative instructions in the online grantmaking system.

Will a financial match be required?
No.

At the end of the grant, is there an opportunity to receive additional funding?
We do not provide continuation funding to our grantees, however you may be eligible to apply for future funding from NJHI.

View additional information on our general Frequently Asked Questions page.

Application Process

Are applicants able to pose specific questions to NJHI regarding their proposal prior to submission?
Yes. You can reach out to our team directly. A directory of NJHI team members and their direct phone numbers can be found on the “About Us” page. Or call the main number at (856) 225-6733.

If NJHI is currently funding work that serves my town, will that affect my application?
No it will not.

What was the Co-Creation Event?
The Co-Creation Event included an interactive informational session, workshops, and coaching/facilitation from collaborators (e.g., RWJF staff; NJHI staff and Advisory Committee members; DASH/All-In; City Health Dashboard) who have expertise in areas such as grantmaking, local/community knowledge, data, the social determinants of health and health equity. The 10 communities invited to apply for grants through the initiative spent a day at the Co-Creation Event to gain a better understanding of opportunities to address the social determinants of health using data-driven ideas. Each community had a facilitator assigned to their team who worked with the team to develop the initial project to be funded under the initiative. Each community had the opportunity to apply for a two-year grant of up to $50,000 from RWJF. It is anticipated that communities will likely implement more than one project during the initiative with the sum of all projects totaling no more than $50,000. At the conclusion of the Co-Creation Event, communities had developed a strong draft of a proposal that they can finalize over several weeks and submit via the RWJF online system.

How do we access our City Health Dashboard?
Click the links below to browse the dashboards developed for the 10 communities in southern New Jersey:

How do we access our Google Drive links from the Co-Creation Event?
Click the links below to access the Google Drive files provided to each community at the Co-Creation Event.

Does participation in the February 27, 2020 Co-Creation Event guarantee my application will be approved for NJHI funding?
Participation in the Co-Creation Event was required to move to the next phase of the NJHI: Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives grant application process, but should not be interpreted as a guarantee of NJHI funding.

Will there be an informational session about this initiative where we can ask additional questions?
An optional applicant webinar was held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Click here to view a recording of the webinar. Below are links to the resources referenced in the webinar:

  • Download a PDF of the slide deck by clicking here
  • Read the transcript file of the questions and comments posted in the applicant webinar chat by clicking here
  • View the Participant List for the Applicant Webinar. Please note this is not an exhaustive list because registration was not required to participate in the webinar. If you or your colleagues participated in the webinar and are missing from the list, please reach out to us and we will update the file.
  • Click here to browse the list of Project Leads
  • To begin the proposal process on MyRWJF, click here

Is there a recording of the Introduction to Your City Health Dashboard webinar from February 18, 2020?
Yes, you can access the webinar recording by clicking here.

Click here to download a PDF of the slide deck.

Which community Dream Team partner should serve as the applicant organization?
We encourage your Dream Team to discuss which partner will represent the collaboration and be the applicant organization. Applicant organizations must be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or non-functionally integrated Type III supporting organizations. Applicants may be required to provide additional documentation.

How do I apply for funding?
The Request for Proposals for NJHI: Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives is open to invited applicants only. Considering the continued uncertainty with regard to the State’s current stay-at-home order, the immediate local response to and anticipated recovery from COVID-19, we have decided to postpone indefinitely the due date for your grant proposal submission. We are not cancelling this initiative. We are postponing the start, to ensure that the grant submission timeline and start of the grant projects will align with the anticipated needs of your communities, your partners and your organizations.

How do I access the online proposal submission system for NJHI: Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives?
A link was sent via email to the Dream Team lead. If your team does not have that link, please call our team directly. A directory of NJHI team members and their direct phone numbers can be found on the “About Us” page. Or call the main number at (856) 225-6733. Answers to technical FAQs about the online proposal process are available at the online site.

What is your deadline for receipt of proposals?
Considering the continued uncertainty with regard to the State’s current stay-at-home order, the immediate local response to and anticipated recovery from COVID-19, we have decided to postpone indefinitely the due date for your grant proposal submission. We are not cancelling this initiative. We are postponing the start, to ensure that the grant submission timeline and start of the grant projects will align with the anticipated needs of your communities, your partners and your organizations.

Can more than one person work on a proposal? If so, do they need their own login and password or do they share?
Yes, contributors may share the work on a proposal. Once you create your application, you have the option to invite other “contributors” to work on your application. The online system will send an email to your contributors telling them they can access your proposal and will send them a temporary password if they do not have a MyRWJF account, or will tell them they can login using their existing MyRWJF account.

How do I save the proposal narrative template for this NJHI solicitation from the online system?
You should save this document to a location on your computer with which you are familiar–such as My Documents, Desktop, etc. Be sure to follow all instructions in the online system as well as read the FAQs in the online system.

View additional information on our general Frequently Asked Questions page.

Online Grantmaking System

What is your deadline for receipt of proposals?
Considering the continued uncertainty with regard to the State’s current stay-at-home order, the immediate local response to and anticipated recovery from COVID-19, we have decided to postpone indefinitely the due date for your grant proposal submission. We are not cancelling this initiative. We are postponing the start, to ensure that the grant submission timeline and start of the grant projects will align with the anticipated needs of your communities, your partners and your organizations.

How do I access the online system and begin the proposal process?
One member of each community Dream Team was sent an invitation email containing a link to the RFP and instructions for accessing the MyRWJF portal. You will need to access the MyRWJF portal using the information in the invitation to begin the Proposal process.

Once signed in, look for the section titled “My Current Applications.” Select the “New Jersey Health Initiatives: Invited Proposals” link to begin.  Should you wish to invite others to assist with the Proposal process, look for the blue “Invite Contributors” button on the left side of the “Home” screen.

Can more than one person work on a proposal? If so, do they need their own login and password or do they share?
Yes, contributors may share the work on a proposal. Once you create your application, you have the option to invite other “contributors” to work on your application. The online system will send an email to your contributors telling them they can access your proposal and will send them a temporary password if they do not have a MyRWJF account, or will tell them they can login using their existing MyRWJF account.

How do I save the proposal narrative template for this NJHI solicitation from the online system?
You should save this document to a location on your computer with which you are familiar–such as My Documents, Desktop, etc. Be sure to follow all instructions in the online system as well as read the FAQs in the online system.

Who will have access to our proposal once it is submitted online?
Only authorized individuals involved in the reviewing and scoring of proposals for this NJHI solicitation will have access to your proposal.

Whom do I contact if I have problems with the online system?
Feel free to contact the NJHI Program Office. A directory of NJHI team members and their direct phone numbers can be found on the “About Us” page. Or call the main number at (856) 225-6733. Answers to technical FAQs about the online proposal process are available at the online site.

View additional information on our general Frequently Asked Questions page.

Proposal Elements

How do I save the proposal narrative template for this NJHI solicitation from the online system?
You should save this document to a location on your computer with which you are familiar–such as My Documents, Desktop, etc. Be sure to follow all instructions in the online system as well as read the FAQs in the online system.

Are current NJHI grantees eligible to apply for NJHI: Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives?
For this initiative, the Request for Proposals is by invitation only. Organizations that have received an invitation are eligible to apply. Organizations with which they collaborate or that are members of their community Dream Team may contribute to that application. Only one organization may represent the collaboration and be the lead contact in the application process.

View additional information on our general Frequently Asked Questions page.

The Budget

Does the grant funding have to be spent equally over the life of the grant?
For this initiative, each community Dream Team will have up to $50,000 in grant funding available to them for the duration of this initiative. No more than $25,000 will be released in grant year one.  Your budget will be reflective of the type of project you plan to implement first in the two-year grant period, as we expect you will implement at least two projects during the two-years.

Do we have to apply, and /or budget for all of the potential funds now?
You will apply for the full $50,000. However, you are only required to submit a budget narrative for up to $25,000 for Year One of this initiative. Specific guidelines are provided in the budget narrative instructions in the online grantmaking system.

Will a financial match be required?
No.

View additional information on our general Frequently Asked Questions page.

Timetable & Review Process

What is your deadline for receipt of proposals?
Considering the continued uncertainty with regard to the State’s current stay-at-home order, the immediate local response to and anticipated recovery from COVID-19, we have decided to postpone indefinitely the due date for your grant proposal submission. We are not cancelling this initiative. We are postponing the start, to ensure that the grant submission timeline and start of the grant projects will align with the anticipated needs of your communities, your partners and your organizations.

View additional information on our general Frequently Asked Questions page.

About NJHI

How do I apply for funding?
The Request for Proposals for NJHI: Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives is open to invited applicants only. Considering the continued uncertainty with regard to the State’s current stay-at-home order, the immediate local response to and anticipated recovery from COVID-19, we have decided to postpone indefinitely the due date for your grant proposal submission. We are not cancelling this initiative. We are postponing the start, to ensure that the grant submission timeline and start of the grant projects will align with the anticipated needs of your communities, your partners and your organizations.

View additional information on our general Frequently Asked Questions page.