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Understanding and Supporting Anchor Businesses to Build a Culture of Health

Grants to USA Researchers to Study the Effects of
For-Profits on Community Health and Well-Being

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Deadline Date:

06/12/19 3:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories researchers and practitioners in the public and private sector for research projects to address how for-profit companies promote the health and well-being in the communities where they are located. Priority will be given to studies that focus on for-profits in small and midsized cities (less than 500,000). Studies focusing on headquarters or local operations of companies are also accepted. Proposals must discuss approaches focused on one or more geographically defined communities.

Funded studies are expected to include rigorous empirical research that will inform the business case for why and how more companies serve as anchor institutions in their immediate surrounding geographies. Studies will also inform future RWJF strategies to motivate companies to act in a way that promotes health and well-being. For a definition of anchor institutions, see the Program Overview document in Supporting Documents below.

Projects may be generated from disciplines including: Business management and administration, Finance, Marketing, Economics, Labor, Anthropology, Communication science, Sociology, Program evaluation, Political science, Public policy, Public health and health care, Public administration, Law, other related fields.

Potential research questions might include:

1. What factors facilitate or hinder anchor businesses from addressing health equity or social determinants of health?
2. The motivations and incentives of anchor businesses across a range of sectors;
3. What kind of equity-promoting narrative and framing resonates with the leaders of corporate anchor institutions?
4. Understanding the positive and negative consequences of corporate anchors (e.g., gentrification);
5. What interventions (led or co-led by corporate anchors) appear to be effective or show promise?
6. Understanding the policy solutions that could motivate corporate anchors to collaborate to builder safer, healthier communities.
7. What tools and resources would most help leaders of anchor businesses who are committed to community health improvement?
8. How does the motivation and impact of corporate anchors compare to non-profit anchor institutions?
9. How can RWJF and other funders work most effectively to strengthen anchor businesses’ investment in their communities?

Grant funds may be used for project staff salaries, consultant fees, data collection and analysis, meetings, supplies, project-related travel, and other direct project expenses, including a limited amount of equipment essential to the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185829

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Three to four studies will be funded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Recommended project funding is up to $250,000 each.

Term of Contract:

Funding is intended to accommodate studies of up to 18 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Researchers, as well as practitioners in the public and private sector working with researchers, are eligible to submit proposals through their organizations.

Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation.

Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.

In keeping with RWJF policy, grant funds may not be used to support clinical trials of unapproved drugs or devices, to construct or renovate facilities, for lobbying, for political activities, or as a substitute for funds currently being used to support similar activities.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:

- June 12, 2019 (3 p.m. ET): Deadline for receipt of full proposals.
- Mid-August 2019: Finalist Notification.
- October 15, 2019: Grants initiated.

All applicants should log in to the system and familiarize themselves with online submission requirements well before the final submission deadline. Staff may not be able to assist all applicants in the final 24 hours before the submission deadline.

RWJF does not provide individual critiques of proposals submitted.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

Mona Shah, senior program officer

Shuma Panse, senior program officer

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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