Center Offers New Mini-Grant Program

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The Center for Sharing Public Health Services has up to five mini-grants available for public health agencies or their designated agents that wish to explore, plan, implement or improve a CJS arrangement. Eligible arrangements must include a minimum of three jurisdictions of any size, or two jurisdictions if the combined population is 50,000 or greater.

Only proposals that fall into the categories of service-related arrangements, shared functions with joint oversight, or regionalization will be funded under this program (for more information, see the Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Spectrum). For those in the exploration phase (see the Center’s Roadmap), preliminary conversations among CJS partners must already have occurred and the partners must have agreed in principle to explore some sharing arrangement.

Through this process, the Center wants to both help jurisdictions already underway with some aspect of a CJS initiative and also improve its own understanding and knowledge on some select issues related to CJS. Therefore, priority for funding will be given to proposals that address the specific areas of learning described below:

  • The appropriate role of state health departments in supporting CJS activities at the local level and in improving overall public health system performance.
  • Possible successful models for CJS involving tribes.
  • The applicability of the Roadmap to sharing arrangements among two or more public health jurisdictions also involving entities beyond traditional public health partners, such as hospitals and private nonprofit organizations within an inter-jurisdictional context.
  • The role of a third party (an organization other than the participating jurisdictions) providing a service on behalf of the participating jurisdictions. This could include a state association of local health officials or other organizations.
  • The role of a CJS approach in addressing the special challenges that frontier counties face.
  • The role of CJS as a tool to promote the implementation of foundational public health capabilities and services.


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting on February 15 until June 10, 2016, or until all five grants are awarded, whichever comes first. The amount of each award will be up to $10,000 for a project period of up to six months. Selected teams will be expected to work with Center staff, who will provide technical assistance during the implementation of the projects, and to be available to share the results and lessons learned from their projects with appropriate audiences.

Funding for this initiative is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Center will provide technical assistance to the funded project’s teams. The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) will be the Center’s administrative partner for this effort, and will award and administer the grants.

For more information, download the Call for Proposals.

To apply, download the application.