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AHA: Voices for Healthy Kids COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant

American Heart Association

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Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Fields of work: Food Access & Hunger Early Childhood Development Health Care Access & Delivery Economic Services & Development Poverty Alleviation & Services

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: Grants are due by Monday at 5 PM PST each week through May 25, 2020, or until funding is depleted.

Voices for Healthy Kids

Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the American Heart Association, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), announces the launch of the new Voices for Healthy Kids COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Opportunity. In response to the current environment, we are leveraging our strengths, proven infrastructure and resources to support COVID-19 response and relief efforts to meet the immediate needs as defined by the communities we serve. These grants are targeted at safety net issues most closely related to the Voices for Healthy Kids body of work.

Preference will be given to community-based organizations with demonstrated experiences working to build power in communities most impacted by health inequities including Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian and Alaskan Native, or children living in families with low-income. Organizations “of community” and with lived experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

These grants will support systems and policy change campaigns that focus on helping those most under-resourced better gain access to health care, healthy food, and income support and stability during this critical time.

Voices for Healthy Kids is hopeful that the flexibility offered by these grants will allow states, tribes and communities to use the grant dollars and support to best maximize local opportunity and established relationships to quickly adjust policies and systems to address COVID-19-related needs.

For example, an organization may want to address urgent Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)-related needs in their community and can propose an approach that best addresses those needs during this pandemic time, such as enrollment; or an organization may request funding to alter systems and policies to help schools, food banks and other emergency feeding responses better coordinate and maximize effectiveness and efficiency.

These grants are meant to support policy and systemic changes at the state, tribe or local level. They are not programmatic in scope.

Eligible policy areas include supporting:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant, Children (WIC).
  • School foods.
  • Food purchasing/procurement policy/systems to expand access to healthy foods or maximize purchasing power to reach the most vulnerable.
  • Medicaid, such as waivers, expansion, increasing/easing enrollment.
  • Early Childhood Education, Head Start and Early Head Start.
  • Other policy critical to income support, such as unemployment insurance.

Types of policy/systems change could include:

  • State, Tribal or local policies.
  • State or Tribal applications/requests to the federal government for waivers.
  • Implementation of new federal benefits.
  • Coordination of systems of service particularly to help with food access.
  • Mandating that COVID-19 relief extends through the duration of the recession rather than being tied to a specific date.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must be nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundation or non-functionally integrated Type III supporting organizations (no government agencies such as public schools, state universities etc.).
  • Applications must be specific to an individual campaign for public policy change in one state, local or tribal geographic location supporting Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities.
  • Grant requirements include the ability to conduct lobbying activities as defined by the IRS code. 501c3 organizations are able to lobby, however, if your organization is restricted to conducting educational activities and prohibited from conducting lobbying activities by your leadership/board of directors, you are not eligible for this grant. 
    • Please consult your legal counsel for guidance on Lobbying; however, in general, Lobbying includes: communicating directly with legislators on specific legislation concerning your views on such legislation, or, communicating to the public on specific legislation concerning your views on legislation and asking them to take action.
  • Voices for Healthy Kids values authentic community engagement and equity-building strategies in all aspects of supported campaigns and requires at least one of the organizations in the joint proposal to be representative of or serve the listed priority populations (children who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, and Alaskan Native and children living in families with low-income).


  • Focus on the needs of communities most impacted by health inequities.


This page was last reviewed July 16, 2020 and last updated July 16, 2020