Putting local data to work

Local governments, philanthropic organizations, and nonprofits need to access and interpret data for decision-making. People across sectors can use data to pinpoint and address long-standing disparities so that everyone can have fair and just opportunities to lead healthy and productive lives. 

To support local communities in taking informed action, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute partnered on a series of local grant programs.

The current Call for Proposals is “Data to Improve Community Conditions Shaped by Structural Racism,” and will provide $40,000 to 35 nonprofit organizations. This opportunity is now closed and RWJF is expected to announce grantees in September 2022. To be notified of future opportunities, sign up for RWJF funding alerts

Three past programs awarded $3.7 million in grants to 35 organizations across the United States:

The selected grantees and their partners put data to work to better understand local issues and design innovative cross-sector solutions that promote healthy and equitable communities. The aims of these three grant programs are to: 

  • Empower organizations across the country to use data on health outcomes, life expectancy, and community conditions to shed light on geographic and racial disparities.

  • Encourage communities to leverage data to engage with local community members and policymakers to generate informed conversations that lead to action; and 

  • Elevate strategies that other communities can replicate by sharing each grantee’s data practices and solutions. 


Get to know the grantees and their funded projects and stay tuned for updates on the status of their important work. 

Explore the map to see where our grantees are located

  • 500 Cities Data Challenge
  • Data to Improve Community Conditions Shaped by Structural Racism
  • Visualizing and Powering Healthy Lives
  • Data for COVID-19 Response & Recovery