Data to Improve Community Conditions Shaped by Structural Racism

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed once again that wealth, racism, and privilege continue to play an outsized role in how long and how well people live. We need local data that can help us better understand and address structural racism’s role in shaping community conditions.

A new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) funding opportunity invites eligible nonprofit organizations to apply for a grant to use data to inform efforts to improve community conditions shaped by structural racism, and ultimately work towards achieving health equity. Community conditions like the built environment, safety and policing, employment, environment, food insecurity, housing, segregation, and transportation all influence residents’ ability to thrive and lead healthy lives. This funding opportunity also prioritizes meaningful engagement of people with lived experience -- either directly or through collaboration with organizations that have credibility and relationships with them.  

RWJF expects to award up to 35 individual grants of $40,000, with a period of performance of nine months. Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) status based in the US are eligible to apply. The Urban Institute will provide technical assistance, facilitate a peer learning community for grantees, and document lessons for the field. 

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. For questions about this opportunity, please contact data2action@urban.org.