The Innovative Ideas Challenge (IIC) is a new grant-making program available to organizations from communities not funded under the Building Healthy Communities plan. We're seeking to fund innovative ideas to address the persistent and emerging health issues that impact underserved communities in California. Specifically, IIC seeks to identify and fund promising practices that are aligned with the 10 outcomes or 4 big results from the Building Healthy Communities plan.
The objectives of IIC are:
- Engage a broad set of innovation partners to develop and test effective models developed by affected communities.
- Establish a pool of original ideas that will "dramatically improve" the health status of underserved individuals and communities in California.
- Support innovators who can rapidly engage in work that will promote fundamental health improvements in the health status of all Californians. This can be through new ventures or expansions of already existing efforts. Special attention will be paid to proposals that are public/private partnerships.
Due date: September 1, 2012
From 2010 to 2020, The Endowment is investing the majority of its resources into the 10-year, $1 billion Building Healthy Communities plan which seeks to create communities where prevention is a priority and is reflected in the physical environment and socioeconomic conditions of those neighborhoods. Coalitions of residents, youth, community-based organizations, business, law enforcement, and schools, among others, have joined together in 14 geographically diverse places to tackle the issues that are holding back the health of their neighborhoods. With an approach focusing on policy and systems change, they are addressing the root causes of bad health in their communities.
The California Endowment makes grants to organizations and institutions that directly benefit the health and well-being of Californians. Support is provided to nonprofit organizations with a valid tax exemption status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that are classified as a public charity.
Learn more about grant program: Eligibility, Resources and Awarded Grants.