Inclusive Healthy Communities Grant Program Funding Opportunity

February 4, 2022

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.

  1. Adopt processes that are inclusive of people with disabilities as part of efforts to plan and create healthy communities;
  2. Plan and implement sustainable strategies that deliver the benefits of healthy communities to people with disabilities;
  3. 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.

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.

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