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The BUILD Health Challenge will award up to 21 grants to communities across the country.

It is with great pleasure that we open the application process for more communities to participate in the BUILD Health Challenge! In this new round of funding and support, the BUILD Health Challenge will spread its upstream approach and broaden its impact to more communities. We hope your cross-sector partnership – bringing together a non-profit, health system or hospital, and public health department– will forge meaningful improvements in the health of your community.

Check out the recording and slides from our January 31 webinar for more information about the application, eligibility, and to hear strategies for engaging hospitals as part of your application.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for a BUILD Health Challenge award, the lead applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Assemble a partnership including (at minimum) a hospital or health system, local health department, and nonprofit community organization or coalition of organizations;
  • The participating hospital(s) or health system(s) must demonstrate a 1:1 match met through direct cash support or a combination of cash and in-kind support
  • Focus activity within a delineated zip code(s), census tract(s), or neighborhood(s) experiencing significant health disparities within a city of 150,000 residents or more*
    • *Applicants from Colorado, New Jersey, North Carolina, areas of central Iowa, 20 counties surrounding Cincinnati, and 57 counties in Texas are exempt from this population requirement. For a comprehensive list of eligible counties from Iowa and Texas, download the Call for Applications and the Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Be willing to participate in learning/evaluation activities and convenings, openly sharing challenges, results, and outcomes.

Is your partnership BUILD-ready?

Applications that clearly address the principles of the BUILD Health Challenge will be considered most competitive.  Please consult the Call for Applications, our Frequently Asked Questions, or recordings of our recent webinars to find out more.

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