Northwest Health Foundation Issues Call for Applications for Civic Health Assessment and Planning

The Northwest Health Foundation seeks to advance, support, and promote health in Oregon and southwest Washington.

To advance this mission, it is inviting applications for N Assessment & Planning Process as part of its Civic Health initiative. The ability to take part in policymaking, from the ballot box to the legislative chamber, is fundamental to the health of every person but too few have the resources or know-how to participate. Race/ethnicity is one of the strongest predictors of lifelong health. The NHF Civic Health initiative places black, indigenous, and people-of-color-led (BIPOC) organizations at the forefront of this work while also recognizing that intersecting factors like geography, disability, and class compound to create even greater barriers to civic engagement and health.

Through the initiative, NHF seeks to emphasize the leadership of people and organizations that work at these intersections within its service region, including all counties in Oregon and Clark, Cowlitz, Pacifc, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties in southwest Washington. The initiative seeks to specifically build skills and infrastructure in black people, indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC) communities that enable them to elect leaders and change policies at the local and state level so that everyone has access to the resources and opportunities they need; and develop leaders and talent rooted in and supportive of BIPOC communities and establish a vibrant democratic culture that values, centers, and supports BIPOC. The foundation envisions organizations using public education, lobbying, litigation, voter mobilization, and other tactics to win candidate and ballot campaigns between 2021 and 2025. Research and evaluation will allow organizations to experiment and refine their work.

Organizations selected to participate in the Civic Health Assessment & Planning process will commit to joining groups around Oregon and SW Washington to explore what it means to build power within and across communities and how that power can win campaigns and policy change. Starting in early 2020, representatives from invited organizations will gather at in-person and Web-based meetings to plan for Civic Health and their potential role within it. They also will hold conversations and conduct assessments about their participation within their organization’s staff, leadership, and base outside these meetings. The process also will guide the Request for Proposals (RFP) that will be released in the summer of 2020. That RFP will determine the organizations that receive grant funds and technical assistance through Civic Health. Through this call for applications, approximately twenty organizations will be selected to receive a small grant of $3,750 to support participation in Assessment & Planning.

An informational webinar will be held August 22 at 1:30 p.m. PST.

Eligible applicants include organizations that are tax exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3)  or 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (or those fiscally sponsored by such organizations) and that operate/serve the Northwest Health Foundation service area of Oregon and Clark, Cowlitz, Pacifc, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties in southwest Washington.

See the Northwest Health Foundation for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and to register for the webinar.


Deadline: September 30, 2019