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Competition for USA Individuals and Groups to Address Environmental Threats on Disproportionately Affected Communities

HHS Environmental Justice Community Innovator Challenge


Agency
Federal

GrantWatch ID#
211064

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Office of Minority Health (OMH)
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH)
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Geographic Focus
All USA

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/13/24 11:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Competition for USA individuals and groups to devise coping methods for communities disproportionately affected by environmental threats. Funding is intended to address the health and mental health ramifications of climate-related dangers, with an emphasis on the impact on children and youth. Projects pertaining to Tribal interests regarding environmental and climate change-related exposures and drivers of health disparities are a priority.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) are seeking community-led strategies and tools to address health disparities in communities disproportionately impacted by environmental risks and hazards including those related to climate change, and the cumulative impacts of other stressors. The Challenge mechanism provides an opportunity for community voices to participate in developing novel innovative approaches to addressing the adverse health impacts of environmental conditions and increasing community resilience within their local, disproportionately impacted communities. 

HHS is creating a national competition to identify innovative and effective approaches to enhance community-driven efforts to address the health consequences of communities burdened by environmental and climate change-related hazards. Desired outcomes include the development of community-driven strategies and application of data-driven tools to advance health equity and address environmental hazards including those related to climate change, and the cumulative impacts of environmental and other stressors. Participants will have access to a technical assistance opportunity in each phase of the Challenge. This Challenge seeks to achieve its desired outcomes by providing support to community-based and Tribal organizations in the areas of:

  • Development or implementation of innovative and effective community-driven strategies to address health disparities in communities that are disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards including those related to climate change, and the cumulative impacts of environmental and other stressors.
  • Application of publicly available data tools (i.e., Environmental Justice Index, Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool, Environmental Justice Screen) to identify signals or patterns of an inequity in the distribution of environmental and climate change-related hazards, support measures of community resilience and research around the effectiveness of exposure mitigation efforts on human health.
  • Effective partnerships between community-based or Tribal organizations and other civil organizations, such as faith-based, healthcare and public health and educational organizations, to address environmental and climate change-related hazards and support community resilience.
  • Innovative approaches to building capacity in community-based or Tribal organizations on project planning, needs assessment, budgeting, engagement with community members, and grant application writing, to address environmental and climate change-related hazards as drivers of health disparities.
  • Novel approaches to addressing the mental health impacts of environmental and climate change-related hazards and other cumulative stressors, especially among children and youth. 

Projects should have a clear focus on community-specific health issues, including mental health issues, and address community or Tribal interests related to environmental and climate change-related exposures and drivers of health disparities. The approaches will be shared with the general public. The competition has two phases. All eligible submissions will be evaluated, and separate prizes will be awarded for each of the two phases. The winners are required to present their project findings and participate in post-award activities within six months after the end of the competition. 



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible to win a prize under this Challenge, a Participant (whether an individual, group of individuals, or entity) —
- Shall have registered to participate in the Challenge under the rules promulgated by HHS as published in this announcement;
- Shall have complied with all the requirements set forth in this announcement;
- In the case of a private entity, shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States, and in the case of an individual, whether participating singly or in a group, shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; However, non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents can participate as a member of a team that otherwise satisfies the eligibility criteria. Non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents are not eligible to win a monetary prize (in whole or in part). Their participation as part of a winning team, if applicable, may be recognized when the results are announced.
- Who is employed by a Federal agency or entity other than HHS (or any component of HHS), should consult with an agency Ethics Official to determine whether the Federal ethics rules will limit or prohibit the acceptance of a prize under this Challenge;

A Participant (whether an individual, group of individuals, or entity) shall not be deemed ineligible because the Participant used Federal facilities or consulted with Federal employees during the Challenge if the facilities and employees are made available to all Participants participating in the Challenge on an equitable basis.

Ineligible
Applicants may not:
- Be a Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment; e. May not be a Federal employee of the Department of Health and Human Services) (or any other component of HHS) acting in their personal capacity;
- Be a judge of the Challenge, or any other party involved with the design, production, execution, or distribution of the Challenge or the immediate family of such a party (i.e., spouse, parent, step-parent, child, or step-child).

Federal grantees may not use Federal funds to develop their Challenge submissions unless use of such funds is consistent with the purpose of their grant award and specifically requested to do so due to the Challenge design as described in this announcement.

Federal contractors may not use Federal funds from a contract to develop their Challenge submissions or to fund efforts in support of their Challenge submissions.

Submissions must not infringe upon any copyright or any other rights of any third party.

Pre-Proposal Conference
HHS will provide informational webinars leading up to the entry deadline. Prior to the informational webinar, please share any questions you may have using the email address provided below.

*Phase 1: HHS Environmental Justice Community Innovator Challenge Informational Webinar - October 10, 2023 at 5pm ET. Register: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_WxkKujlTShy3DhLEP3bUFg#/registration

*Phase 1: HHS Environmental Justice Community Innovator Challenge Tribal Informational Webinar - October 12, 2023 at 5pm ET. Register: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_BgenbESMSeOCoN4V9x869w#/registration

Topic: HHS Environmental Justice Community Innovator Challenge Technical Assistance Webinar: Proposal Writing Guidance
When: Jan 17, 2024 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this webinar:
https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_im_qxfVERJq4rqvEMX9q8g

Topic: HHS Environmental Justice Community Innovator Challenge Technical Assistance Webinar: Evaluation Metrics and Logic Models
When: Jan 18, 2024 02:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this webinar:
https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_UeBO8RIPT6SqUvEUq1r3Bw

Pre-Application Information
The deadline for Phase 1 has been extended! Submissions will now close on February 13, 2024 at 11:59PM EST.

All winners will be notified via email.

Each Participant (whether an individual, group of individuals, or entity) working with Tribal communities may be asked to provide a letter of approval to ensure activities involving American Indian/Alaska Native Tribes has been approved by the Tribal governments with jurisdiction over the populations involved.

Informational Webinar Recording Link (10/10/23):
https://www.zoomgov.com/rec/share/0rgjqOVsfG2R6ymH-OCh0QnSqoS1ot1jx2o6zNNn9Ixeh1sp0aukQq96LCfkMOtO.VZ5bDVE-tG7NOh7U? startTime=1696971710000
Passcode: 6E$6#3XZ

Informational Webinar Recording Link (10/12/23):
https://www.zoomgov.com/rec/share/_ueP7SFQmZCeMwVN_iy2jZ4rVPgeH0iR0IrPBicbMLJygU1mvj3tugJszh8kAhM1._iBqxImKw-Pv20Dk?startTime=1697144543000
Passcode: 7C.sH?3%

HHS Environmental Justice Community Innovator Challenge Technical Assistance Webinar: Tips and Guidance for Navigating the Submission Process
Recording Link: https://www.zoomgov.com/rec/share/qJgB2hYlbZyUrcoWyy76gsUOh7nKnM7o2Hs4LQK2HPJTtpymAKJiTG2GHp8Gmbk3.xiVKde-sH1t8WQjK
Passcode: hsgu8Dr&

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,000,000

Number of Grants
Phase 1: up to 12; Phase 2: up to 10

Estimated Size of Grant
Phase 1: Design of Concept (Idea) or Development of Approach (Pilot Project): up to $25,000
Phase 2: Small-Scale Testing or Implementation: minimum prize of $70,000

Term of Contract
The winners are required to present their innovative idea within six months after the end of the competition.

Contact Information
Application: https://portal.challenge.gov/sign-in/new

Create a Challenge.Gov Account: https://www.challenge.gov/user-guide/create-your-account/

Submit informational webinar questions and register here: EJChallenge@HHS.gov

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