The New Jersey Inclusive Healthy Communities (IHC) grant program has announced its latest Request for Proposals (RFP) for grants to local governments and nonprofit organizations to advance policy and systems change through the inclusion of people with disabilities to build healthy communities. Initiatives will be implemented starting in July 2022 through June 2023.
The total funding available is approximately $1.54 million. Initiatives must be through one of two possible grant options: Capacity Building or Implementation, to address the following three mutually reinforcing, specific objectives with a broad focus on all people with disabilities, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, immigration status, and/or income.
- Adopt processes that are inclusive of people with disabilities as part of efforts to plan and create healthy communities;
- Plan and implement sustainable strategies that deliver the benefits of healthy communities to people with disabilities;
- Advance sustainable practice, systems, and environmental change that address the pre-existing physical, environmental, social, and economic challenges that prevent people with disabilities from having full access to the opportunities that support health and well-being.
- Click to view the Notice of Funding Availability from DDS
- Click to view the RFP for the IHC Grant Program for 2022-2023
- Three identical mandatory virtual workshops for prospective bidders will be conducted, and at least one team member named in a bidder’s proposal must attend at least one of the workshops. Participants must pre-register for workshops:
- February 14, 2022, from 12:00 pm – 2 pm
- February 18, 2022, from 9:00 am – 11:00 am
- February 24, 2022, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
- Letters of Intent must be submitted by March 7, 2022.
- Grant applications are due March 23, 2022.
The Division of Disability Services (DDS), New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS), engaged the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University to provide support in managing the IHC Grant Program to assist grant recipients in implementing state-wide projects.
This IHC grant program seeks to advance practice, systems and environmental changes to enhance healthy community outcomes for people with disabilities who also may experience societal discrimination as a result of, but not limited to age, race, socioeconomic or immigration status, and/or sexual orientation. The program also prioritizes projects from areas of highest need in terms of disability population, economic burden, and under-served communities.