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Funding Opportunities for Work Force Health Promotion

Limited funding is often one of the biggest challenges facing new and existing workforce health promotion (WHP) programs. Funding for your program may be available through various government, research, and philanthropic organizations. Federal agencies can also consult Employee Health Programs, developed by the Office of Personnel Management for information on operating and funding WHP programs at federal agencies.

This page lists current and potential funding opportunities specifically related to workforce health promotion. If you think we've missed an important funding resource, then let us know!

Current WHP Funding Opportunities

Three common funding avenues to support WHP research activities are program announcements (PAs, PARs), requests for applications (RFAs), and requests for proposals (RFPs). Grant announcements often come in the form of PAs or RFAs, while contract announcements are often made as an RFP. Grant Writing Tip Sheets and The Foundation Center are two resources to help you write successful funding applications.

Listed below are current WHP-related funding opportunities. Questions about these specific funding opportunities should be directed to the organization contacts listed in the announcement links.

PAR-05-026- Community Participation in Research
Expiration Date: May 18, 2007
The purpose of Community Participation in Research grants is to support community-based participatory research on health promotion, disease prevention, and health disparities. WHP research fits within the scope of this PAR as the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is one of the participating organizations that support this initiative.

Eligibility: Eligible organizations include for-profit and not-for-profit, public or private organizations, units of state and local governments, eligible agencies of the federal government, domestic or foreign institutions/organizations, faith-based or community-based organizations, and Native American tribal organizations.

Potential WHP Funding Opportunities

The following resources may serve as potential funding sources and might warrant monitoring for future offerings, because they have offered or listed WHP funding opportunities in the past.

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
Annually, the AAOHN Foundation awards grants to support research conducted to advance knowledge in occupational and environmental health.

Active Living Research
Active Living Research supports research to examine relationships between policy issues, characteristics of natural and built environments, and personal levels of physical activity in a variety of settings, including worksites. is the single access point for over 1,000 grant programs offered by 26 federal grant-making agencies. Visitors to can register for e-mail notification of grant opportunities by category and agency.

Kaiser Family Foundation
The foundation is focused in four main areas: health policy, reproductive health, HIV policy, and health and development in South Africa. Grant application material and new grants made by the foundation are available through the Foundation Web site.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
NIOSH provides links to all of their current extramural research, training, and conference grant announcements, as well as links to current cooperative agreement announcements. Previous announcements are available through the "Past Funding" links.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guide for Grants and Contracts
The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is the official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines, and funding opportunities.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides grants for projects in the United States and U.S. territories that advance their mission to improve the health and health care of all Americans.

W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Health programming at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation focuses explicitly on improving individual and community health (including settings like the workplace), and improving access and quality of health care.

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