The Vitalyst Health Foundation works to connect, support, and inform efforts to improve the health of individuals and communities in Arizona by making systems more effective, equitable, and sustainable.
To advance this mission, the foundation is inviting applications for its System Change Grants. Through the program, grants of up to $175,000 will be awarded to catalyze collaborative work that changes policies, practices, and systems and improves the health and well-being of Arizonans. Systems Change Grants are designed to address one or more of the following: increase community capacity to address issues affecting community health and well-being; strategically leverage infrastructure, systems design, and policies to improve health where Arizonans live, learn, work, pray, and play; improve the environmental, social, behavioral, and health infrastructure conditions that impact determinants of health and enable Arizonans to be healthy and resilient; and create a sustainable solution to the problem being addressed that endures after the term of the grant funding.
The work should utilize a health equity lens to address one or more foundation-designated Elements of a Healthy Community, which include access to health care and coverage; economic opportunity; affordable quality housing; educational opportunity; community safety; environmental quality; food access; social and cultural cohesion; healthy community design; social justice; parks and recreational opportunities; and transportation options.
To be eligible, applicants must be an Arizona-based nonprofit serving Arizona residents.
The foundation will be hosting informational meetings on September 12 and 13, and the portal for proposals will open on September 12.
Letters of Intent are due November 1. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by January 24, 2019.
See the Vitalyst Health Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and to register for the informational meetings.