Call for Proposals: 2020 Small Grants Program

Increasing the Body of Knowledge for Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing in Public Health



The Center for Sharing Public Health Services (the “Center”) is offering small grants to support work on cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) arrangements designed to advance health equity by addressing social determinants of health (e.g., affordable housing, jobs with fair pay, quality education, affordable healthy food and public safety), the public health response to COVID-19, structural racism or other related issues. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM CDT on September 11, 2020. Up to 5 awards will be made for an amount of up to $10,000 for a project period of up to eight months. Shorter projects will be considered. All projects must be concluded by June 11, 2021.

In addition to funding, Center staff will provide technical assistance tailored to each grantee’s needs. Grantees are expected to share the progress of their efforts during the project period, share results and lessons learned at the end of the project period and share longer-term activities and results 12 months after the project period ends.

Project Classifications*

  1. Specific CJS arrangement, or
  2. Use of CJS as a systems change tool.


To be eligible for this award, the application must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Applicant organization must be located in the United States or its territories.
  • Applicant organization must be one of the following entities:
    • A state or local government public health agency or a military public health department; or
    • An American Indian/Alaska Native tribe or tribal entity recognized by the U.S. federal government or by a state; or
    • A nonprofit organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
  • The proposal must:
    • Be designed to advance health equity by addressing social determinants of health, the public health response to COVID-19, structural racism or other related issues; and
    • Involve multiple jurisdictions, or efforts to facilitate CJS throughout a region or state.  

All applications will be screened to ensure they are eligible. Applications deemed ineligible will not undergo further review, and applications that are incomplete or received after the deadline for any reason will not be accepted or reviewed.

Contact us if you have questions about this or other programs from the Center.

Please note: This grant opportunity is not intended to support “as-needed” types of CJS arrangements (see Spectrum of Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Arrangements); rather, it is focused on CJS models that involve sharing of capacity, services and programs operating on an on-going basis. Also, the grant will not support the initial exploration of a CJS arrangement (i.e., efforts to determine conceptual feasibility); rather, applicants must seek to plan, implement or improve a CJS arrangement. Finally, successful applicants are eligible to receive just one award.

*See full descriptions of the classifications within the section titled Small Grants Program in the Call for Proposals (page 2).

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Is there a geographic focus/priority area for the small grants, or is it open nationwide?

Answer: The small grants are open to applicants nationwide, and there are no geographic focuses/priorities for this round of funding.

Question: Are 501(c)(3) universities eligible to apply for the CJS Small Grants Program, or is the opportunity intended for nonprofits other than institutions of higher education?

Answer: 501(c)(3) universities are eligible for the grant opportunity, so long as the proposed project meets the other grant criteria (i.e., the proposal is designed to advance health equity and involves multiple jurisdictions or efforts to facilitate CJS throughout a region or state).

Question: The CFP says that “the use of form letters is discouraged.” What is meant by “form letters?”

Answer: “Form letters” are a template letter of support that all partner organizations submit (i.e., it is the same letter but with different signatures). The preference is for each partner organization to submit a letter that speaks specifically to why they intend to participate in the proposed activities.

Question: Are nonprofit organizations eligible to apply for funding?

Answer: Yes. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funding, but applicants must address how their proposal is either a specific CJS arrangement or an effort to use CJS as a systems change tool. For more information on CJS, check out some of our resources, including the Roadmap to Develop Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Initiatives (“Roadmap”), the Spectrum of Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Arrangements (“Spectrum”), and the Success Factors in Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Arrangements (“Success Factors”).