Funding Alert Vol. 32 No. 7 Alert #1 – July 6, 2021

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Funding News and Grant Tips

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Awardees of $250 Million to Fight COVID-19 and Improve Health Literacy Among Racial and Ethnic Minority and Vulnerable Communities
The Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19 grant seeks to demonstrate the effectiveness of local government implementation of evidence-based health literacy strategies that are culturally appropriate to enhance COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and/or other mitigation measures (e.g., public health prevention practices and vaccination) in racial and ethnic minority populations and other socially vulnerable populations, including racial and ethnic minority rural communities. Two awards were made in Texas. Dallas County and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District each received $4 million dollars.
From Office of Minority Health email, June 29, 2021.

Winner of Lyda Hill Philanthropies' Lone Star Prize Announced
Lyda Hill Philanthropies and Lever for Change have announced the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute as the winner of the $10 million Lone Star Prize. Launched in April 2020, the competition invited proposals for an innovative, scalable solution to one of three significant challenges confronting the state of Texas — improving health outcomes, protecting the environment, and boosting the state's workforce. Selected from more than a hundred and seventy applications, the Meadows Institute's Lone Star Depression Challenge will improve quality of life and mental health care access for communities across the state, with a focus on people of color, people with disabilities, and those living in poverty.
From Philanthropy News Digest website, accessed June 22, 2021.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Grants
SOURCE: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent (LOI): Aug. 16, 2021 by 5 p.m. CDT. Select applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by Sept. 24, 2021.
$ AVAILABLE: Unspecified.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, the community lead organization must: 
• Be a nonprofit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organization.
• Have the financial capacity and qualified staff to oversee and manage the project. For this Request for Proposals (RFP), “financial capacity” is defined as organizations operating a current annual budget of $2 million or more.
• Collaborate on proposed program with a health partner – i.e., hospital, clinic, federally qualified health center.
PURPOSE: Since the establishment of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF) initiative in 2011, the investment strategy has been based on four pillars:
• Disease prevention and management.
• Nutrition.
• Physical activity.
• Safe environments.
The dual challenges of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and the social justice unrest in the United States reinforce BCBSTX’s focus on health equity. BCBSTX also remains deeply committed to its core purpose: To do everything in its power to stand with its members in sickness and in health. Although access to medical care is an important piece of the puzzle, BCBSTX knows it’s not the only factor that determines someone’s health. A person’s and, in turn, a community’s, health outcomes are molded by other dynamics as well, including housing, nutrition (healthy food and exercise), education and jobs, mental health and a safe environment. The 2021 HKHF grant cycle will place emphasis on programs that create measurable results to address the four pillars above. The programs should also address and account for the current public health pandemic as well as the social factors that exacerbate health inequalities in our community.
CONTACT: Francisco Martinez. Email: For more information, go to
From Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas website, accessed June 28, 2021.
Subject(s): children’s health, safety, nutrition/food services, mental health, health promotion/wellness, prevention.  

Impact Austin Fall Grants
SOURCE: Impact Austin
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Aug. 3, 2021 by 5 p.m. CDT.
$ AVAILABLE: Grant amounts will be announced on July 8, 2021. Please see URL.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, an organization must:
• Provide services in Bastrop, Hays, Travis, or Williamson counties.
• Be a public charity (not a private foundation) with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
Applicants applying as a collaborative must:
• Identify one lead organization to submit the application, and that organization must meet the eligibility guidelines.
• Identify the focus area as either equity or health & well-being.
• Not have received an Impact Austin Grant within the time frames posted in the Grant Application Guidelines:
PURPOSE: Impact Austin is an Austin-based women’s collective giving organization. In November 2021, Impact Austin will award grants in two focus areas: equity and health & well-being. Two finalists will be selected in each focus area and voted upon by the members. The finalist in each focus area receiving the majority votes will be awarded a restricted grant that is 80 percent of the total grant amount, and the other finalist will be awarded an unrestricted grant that is 20 percent of the total grant amount.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information, go to
From Impact Austin website, accessed June 29, 2021.
Subject(s): health promotion/wellness, human services. 

Public Funding Opportunities

Feasibility Clinical Trials of Mind and Body Interventions for NCCIH High Priority Research Topics (R34 Clinical Trial Required) (Reissue PAR-18-417): PAR-21-240
SOURCE: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 20, 2021; Oct. 20, 2021 by 5 p.m. local time of applicant organization. Expires March 11, 2024. Please see URL for additional due dates.
$ AVAILABLE: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
• Public/state/private controlled institutions of higher education.
• Hispanic-serving institutions.
• Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
• Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs).
• Alaska native and native Hawaiian serving institutions.
• Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs).
• Nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education).
• Small businesses.
• For-profit organizations (other than small businesses).
• State governments.
• County governments.
• City or township governments.
• Special district governments.
• Indian/Native American tribal governments (federally recognized and other than federally recognized).
• Eligible agencies of the federal government.
• U.S. territories or possessions.
• Independent school districts.
• Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities.
• Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments).
• Faith-based or community-based organizations.
• Regional organizations.
PURPOSE: The goal of this funding opportunity is to support early phase clinical trials of complementary and integrative health approaches with physical and/or psychological therapeutic inputs (often called mind and body interventions) for conditions that have been identified by NCCIH as high priority research topics.
CFDA: 93.213
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information, go to
From website, accessed June 21, 2021. 
Subject(s): complementary therapies.

Innovative Technologies for HIV Behavioral and Social Science Research (R43/R44 Clinical Trial Optional): PA-18-928
SOURCE: National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sept. 5, 2021. All applications are due by 5 p.m. local time of applicant organization.
$ AVAILABLE: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
ELIGIBILITY: Only United States small business concerns (SBCs) are eligible to submit applications for this opportunity. 
PURPOSE: The overarching goal of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is to support small businesses to develop technologies that can advance the mission of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), through research priorities identified by the Division of AIDS Research. This funding opportunity announcement encourages SBIR grant applications to support the development of new technologies for HIV prevention or treatment or the application of existing technologies to behavioral and social science HIV research in these domains.
CFDA: 93.242
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information, go to
From website, accessed June 29, 2021. 
Subject(s): HIV/AIDS research, technology.
Public Health Informatics & Technology Workforce Development Program: ARP-PHIT-21-001
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: July 26, 2021. Due Date: Aug. 11, 2021.
$ AVAILABLE: ONC will fund up to 30 cooperative agreement awards for a 4-year period of performance. The program will be funded at $75 million with funding contingent upon the availability of funds, satisfactory completion of milestones, and a determination that continued funding is in the best interest of the federal government and the public. The remaining $5 million in funds will be used to support the program’s overall administration. Each individual award will not exceed $10 million.
ELIGIBILITY: This funding opportunity is open to accredited colleges and universities with terminal degrees in the United States. Only consortium-based approaches will be considered for this program, and applications must include letters of intent from proposed consortium members. In order to diversify the public health informatics and technology workforce and to increase the number of underrepresented minority professionals, the lead applicant in the consortium should be a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), Tribally Controlled College or University (TCCU), Hispanic-serving institution (HSI), Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), or other Minority Serving Institution (MSI) with an existing computer science, information science, biomedical technology, public health, health informatics, or similar program. Non-HBCU, TCCU, HSI, AANAPISI, or other MSIs may also apply but must include at least one of these types of institutions as a consortium member. 
PURPOSE: The ONC has received $80 million to implement or expand training, certification and degree programs in public health informatics and data science at MSIs and other colleges and universities. The funding will help to address the need for more public health professionals trained in informatics and technology, a need that has been highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CFDA: 93.355
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information, go to
From website, accessed June 23, 2021. 
Subject(s): health literacy, technology, health professions training, public health.

Private Funding Opportunities

Association for Academic Surgery Invites Applications for Joel J. Roslyn Faculty Research Award
SOURCE: Association for Academic Surgery (AAS)
$ AVAILABLE: The award recipient will be awarded $50,000 for one year; an award certificate presented at the AAS Awards Ceremony during the Academic Surgical Congress; and their name published in the AAS blog The Academic Surgeon and on the AAS Website.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, applicants must be active members of AAS and full-time faculty who have not yet attained the rank of associate professor in any surgical specialty or discipline. Applicants must also have at least one mentor who is an active or senior member of AAS.
PURPOSE: The Association for Academic Surgery was founded in 1966 to inspire and develop young academic surgeons. To that end, the AAS is accepting applications for the Joel J. Roslyn Faculty Research Award. The Journal of Surgical Research and its publisher, Elsevier Science, support the award and intend to provide early-career research aid to junior faculty members of the AAS.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information, go to
From Philanthropy News Digest website, accessed June 28, 2021.
Subject(s): medical research.  

Discovery Research Grants
SOURCE: Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) 
$ AVAILABLE: $100,000.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to apply for an SCCM grant, the applicant should be a professional or select member throughout the life of the grant. Applications are encouraged from both junior and established investigators. Discovery Grant proposals are required to have a timeline for completion within 12 months. The Discovery Grant proposal should include collaboration between at least two institutions (multi-institutional studies). The proposal requires submission of a plan for engagement of junior investigators (if applicable), plan for future extramural funding for the study and discussion on how this proposal would facilitate extramural funding for future multicenter studies involving Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network. Discovery proposals that engage Discovery resources (such as data coordination, clinical site coordination, project management, etc.) will be prioritized.
PURPOSE: Each application should fit into one of the following key research priority areas: general principles, basic science/cellular research, translational research, clinical research, health service and delivery research, education research and patients and families: survivorship and recovery.
CONTACT: Email: For more information, go to
From Society for Critical Care Medicine website, accessed June 28, 2021.
Subject(s): medical research.

Macular Degeneration Research Grant Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
SOURCE: BrightFocus Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: July 29, 2021. Upon review selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by Dec. 3, 2021.
$ AVAILABLE: $100,000 per year (total value $200,000) for two years.
ELIGIBILITY: Candidates must hold an M.D., Ph.D., D.V.M., D.O., O.D. or equivalent degree received no more than four years before the time of application. For clinician scientists, this application should be submitted within two years after completion of their final clinical training. Exceptions to the above four-year and two-year eligibility period will be considered under unusual circumstances. Candidates must submit a written exception request to BrightFocus and obtain approval before applying. Previous recipients of this award are not eligible. BrightFocus will fund grants for research at non-profit organizations or institutions only.
PURPOSE: BrightFocus provides research funds for U.S. domestic as well as international researchers pursuing pioneering research leading to greater understanding, prevention and treatment of age-related macular degeneration. This fellowship program is intended to support young postdoctoral researchers during their final stages of mentored training. The award provides salary support for a young scientist to conduct post-doctoral studies in an established laboratory focused on research contributing to understanding the biological causes or new clinical treatment of macular degeneration and should also serve as the basis for the applicant's own independent research career.
CONTACT: Phone: 1-800-437-2423. Email: For more information about the grant, go to To apply for the grant, go to
From Philanthropy News Digest website, accessed June 28, 2021.
Subject(s): medical research, vision/eye care, health professions training.

Road Runners Club of America Accepting Applications for Kids Run the Nation Fund Grants 
SOURCE: Road Runners Club of America (RRCA)
$ AVAILABLE: Grants of up to $1,000.
ELIGIBILITY: Running clubs, running event sponsors, and other organizations with an IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt designation are eligible to apply. Elementary and middle schools that provide organized after school running programs also are eligible.
PURPOSE: In 2007, the Road Runners Club of America developed the Kids Run the Nation Fund to assist running clubs and schools that are interested in implementing or currently have a youth running program. Since then, RRCA has awarded grants totaling $300,000 and donated more than 100,000 program guides and youth booklets to youth programs around the United States. To advance this mission, RRCA will award grants to running clubs and other nonprofits organizations in support of structured youth running programs that use RRCA youth running materials. Program goals must include motivating kids to run regularly (at least once a week for multiple weeks), as opposed to participating in a single event. Funds may be used to purchase marketing materials; host a program website; offset fees for permits or usage fees for a local park or running track; purchase hydration supplies; purchase participation awards (ribbons, shirts, patches, etc.); and/or purchase mileage logs or other written materials.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information, go to
From Road Runners Club of America website, June 24, 2021.
Subject(s): adolescent health, children’s health, health promotion/wellness.  


Virtual - Developing the "Why" for Your Organization or Program
SPONSOR: Friends of the Texas Historical Commission (FTHC) 
WHEN: July 20, 21, & 22; 2:30-3:30 p.m. CDT.
WHERE: Online using the Zoom platform.
DESCRIPTION: In this three-day workshop (one hour each day), FTHC will work with you to build a robust outline of a case statement for your organization and begin to fill out the details so that you will end the program with a draft. Participants will be asked to have some basic materials/information handy as they begin the workshop and will be provided with a workbook to guide them through the process.
COST: $60 before July 12. $75 through July 19. For more information and registration, go to Scroll down to click on the registration link. 
CONTACT: Reina Andrade. Phone: 512-936-2189. Email:
From Friends of the Texas Historical Commission email, June 25, 2021.

Webinar - Does Your Board Reflect Your Story and Your Audience?
SPONSOR: Friends of the Texas Historical Commission (FTHC)
WHEN: Aug. 25, 10-11 a.m. CDT.
WHERE: Webinar.
DESCRIPTION: As the nonprofit world works on board development, they deal with charges of "political correctness" on the one hand, and "tokenism" on the other. Given the current charged environment, it is even more important to make sure that board leadership reflects the people organizations are committed to serving. While this might sound easy, especially for organizations with very specific geographic or mission focus, it is easier said than done. And more so when the organization's mission lends itself to differing points of view. This webinar will offer some thoughts and ideas on what organizations need to be thinking of as they deal with board development and building appropriate representation within their leadership.
COST: Free. For more information and registration, go to Scroll down to click on the registration link. 
CONTACT: Reina Andrade. Phone: 512-936-2189. Email:
From Friends of the Texas Historical Commission email, June 25, 2021.

Awards in Texas

National Breast Cancer Foundation Announces $5K Grant for TTUHSC El Paso Medical Student Run Clinic
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso was awarded a $5,000 grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation in support of the university’s Medical Student Run Clinic.
From Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso website, accessed June 28, 2021.

Permian Basin Area Foundation Awards $1.8 Million in Grants
The Permian Basin Area Foundation in Midland, Texas, has announced grants totaling $1.8 million to nonprofit organizations serving the western region of the state. Recipients include Mission Center Adult Day Service and the Prosthetic Foundation.
From Philanthropy News  Digest website, accessed June 22, 2021.

Philanthropy Collaborative Focuses New Vaccine Uptake Effort on Populations Who Have Been Most Affected by the Virus
Your Shot Texas has invested more than $400,000 in grants to help community-based organizations increase access to COVID-19 vaccines, battle hesitancy, and make sure communities that have been hit hardest by the virus have an equal shot to get vaccinated. These are the first round of grants awarded by the new $2.35 million statewide philanthropic effort created by Episcopal Health Foundation in Houston, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. in San Antonio, and The Meadows Foundation in Dallas.
From Episcopal Health Foundation website, accessed June 28, 2021.

Women’s Fund Grants $400,000 to 20 Austin Nonprofits
The Women’s Fund of the Austin Community Foundation awarded $400,000 to 20 Austin area nonprofit organizations. Unlike in years past, all the organizations were awarded general operating funding. 
From Austin Community Foundation website, accessed June 28, 2021.

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