$20,000 Healthy Babies Initiative Grant Award - Apply by May 20

April 18, 2022
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The Healthy Babies Initiative, a partnership of Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF) and the Mayors Innovation Project (MIP), builds on HBBF’s experience with 30 U.S. cities working to protect babies’ health. Through this experience, we’ve identified five evidence-based strategies that cities can use to equitably reduce neurotoxic exposures with resilience co-benefits. 

We invite concise proposals from US cities to apply for a $20,000 grant for projects that aim to replicate, in a tailored fashion, one of the five projects in the RFP.  Each project must equitably reduce air pollution, lead, or other neurotoxic exposures that harm children’s brain development, have resilience co-benefits, and leverage bipartisan infrastructure law (BIL) funds when possible.

Four selected cities will receive:

  • $20,000 grant, with minimal reporting requirements
  • Light touch technical assistance from MIP and HBBF
  • Opportunities to present their work through our two national networks
  • Written blogs and case studies featuring their work
  • Connections to peer cities that have led these initiatives

Proposals (max 3 pages) must be city-lead and include a:

  • Short description of your city’s challenge to children’s health, including exposures like lead, air pollution, and others that harm brain development. Include any relevant social, environmental, or economic background that will help us understand more details about your community
  • Reference to alliance with city values, initiatives, and/or plans (for example, strategic plans, comprehensive plans, sustainability plans, racial equity plans, etc.)
  • Project goals, including short (12 month) and long term goals
  • Anticipated project impact
  • Project timeline, including any key milestones
  • Project budget and justification, including any matching funding 

Read the RFP. Proposals are due May 20 via email to healthybabiesinitiative@gmail.com

Award recipients will be notified by June 1, and funds will be dispersed at the outset of the project.

Questions? To discuss this and anything else, please contact Bright Cities Program Director, Kyra Naumoff Shields at knaumoff@hbbf.org.