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Funding Opportunity Announcement: Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas (CDC-RFA-DP14-1416)

June 6, 2014 Applicant Call Script


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announces the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funds to implement DP14-1416--Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas. Approximately $4.7 million per year is available to fund up to 6 Land Grant Colleges and Universities located in states with counties with an adult obesity prevalence of over 40%, based on estimates from the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data. 

The purpose of this pilot project is to fund Land Grant Colleges and Universities to conduct intervention strategies through existing cooperative extension and outreach services at the county level. These strategies will improve physical activity and nutrition, reduce obesity and prevent and control diabetes, heart disease, and stroke in areas where adult obesity rates are high. Residents of these communities may have less access to healthy foods and fewer opportunities to be physically active. If improvements are made and continued, these programs can have long-term positive impacts on the health of residents in these counties. The initiative can reinforce the health of the community as a critical determinant of individual health and well-being.

Obesity continues to be a major public health problem in the United States with even higher obesity rates found among African-American, Hispanic, Alaskan Native and American Indian youth compared to non-Hispanic white youth. Higher rates of youth obesity are found in low income and rural communities. More multi-sector efforts and new multi-sector public and private partnerships are needed at the local level to improve physical activity and nutrition, reduce obesity, and prevent and control diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Length of Project: This is a 3-year project expected to begin on September 30, 2014.

Who Can Apply

This pilot project covers populations in counties with over 40% adult obesity rates. Land grant institutions in these states are eligible to apply. To reach the maximum number of eligible counties, no more than one land grant institution from an eligible state will receive funding. The requested award amount should align with the number of counties targeted. Final award amounts will reflect the number of counties to be served. This announcement is only for non-research domestic activities supported by CDC. If research is proposed, the application will not be considered.

Counties with over 40% Obese Adults

Where to Apply:

The official Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) can be found at . To access the announcement and application package:

  1. Select
  2. Select 'Apply for Grants'
  3. Select 'Step 1: Download a Grant Application'
  4. Insert the Funding Announcement Number in the appropriate search box: CDC-RFA-DP14-1416
  5. Implementation Guidance and Resources for Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas [PDF-745KB]
    This document contains guidance to help implement DNPAO cooperative agreement (CDC-RFA-DP14-1416) recommended strategies for the Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas. For each strategy and corresponding interventions, there is background information, suggested activities and some implementation guidance.


Important Dates:

Application Deadline Date:  July 23, 2014, 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on

Informational Conference Call for Potential Applicants: CDC will conduct a conference call for all interested applicants on June 5, 2014 at 2:00 pm – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time to respond to questions regarding the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) process. Conference call lines are limited so we encourage those who can to call in from one location. The call-in information is: 888-469-3092 (toll free) Participant passcode: 403 8410.