Call for Applications: BUILD Health Challenge 2022 for Communities in the U.S.

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The BUILD Health Challenge invites communities with innovative ideas to address health disparities caused by systemic or social inequities to apply for its new fourth cohort (4.0).

As a BUILD community, your team will be part of a special cohort leading the way to the creation of a new norm in the U.S. – one that advances health equity and racial justice by centering multi-sector and community-driven partnerships.

Program Details

With a specific focus on strengthening cross-sector and community-driven partnerships, BUILD awards are designed to support collaborations ready to put Bold, Upstream, Integrated, Local, Data-Driven plans into action. Organizations jointly applying for a BUILD award should have a strong track record of working together; have developed their joint priorities and implementation plans with strong levels of community engagement and leadership; and be primed to advance equitable systems-level changes in their community.

For this fourth cohort, BUILD is looking to support up to 19 innovative community collaboratives that include a: community-based organization, hospital/health system and/or health plan, public health department, and residents, who are all working together in dynamic ways to address upstream challenges and drive sustainable improvements in community health. Inclusion of additional cross-sector partners such as businesses, universities, foundations, and others that are aligned with proposed efforts are encouraged.


Each award includes:

  • Up to $300,000 in funding over three years;
  • A robust array of coaching and support services;
  • Specialized trainings and capacity-building opportunities;
  • Participation in a national network of peers engaged in similar work;
  • Opportunity to spotlight your local work on a national level.


  • BUILD awards are most appropriate for collaborations that have already developed a well-defined action plan with clear roles, strategies, and goals, and where an infusion of philanthropic support and access to a strong peer network could accelerate their work within three years and reinforce their path toward sustainability.
  • Applications that clearly address the BUILD principles in dynamic ways, prioritize health equity, and focus on population level health outcomes will be considered the most competitive.
  • Applicants need not be working specifically on health-related issues or have a health-focused mission. Outside sectors (e.g., community development, housing, food, transportation, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

Activities commonly found in the program plans of BUILD awardees include:

  • Advancing systems-level change, including policy solutions that will create fairer and more just opportunities for health (e.g., changes in local laws, regulations, or organizational policies, shifts in funding, reimbursements, or resources).
  • Collaborating strategically across organizations and sectors to enhance practices and ways of working.
  • Expanding the range of committed partners to bring complementary sets of expertise, resources, and capacities to the table.
  • Developing robust data-sharing and evaluation processes to inform intervention strategies, strengthen partnerships, improve the initiative, and measure impact.
  • Engaging and empowering community members to inform strategy and guide activities.

How To Apply

The deadline to apply is June 30, 2022, at 5 pm ET. Late applications will be disqualified.

Click Here To Apply

For more information, see FAQ and visit BUILD Health Challenge

Application Deadline: June 30, 2022

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