Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) addresses a large number of pressing public health challenges.

IP TAKE: You would be hard-pressed to find a major public health issue for which RWJF does not award grants. 

PROFILE: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports public health through four focus areas, each of which has its own initiatives:


  • Healthy Communities - This area focuses on improving environmental and community determinants of good health, such as quality housing, access to healthcare, and safety.

  • Healthy Kids, Healthy Weight - This area is concerned with improving childhood nutrition and promoting active life habits among children, with a view to preventing obesity and its attendant health issues later in life.

  • Health Leadership - This area supports the development of health policy.

  • Health Systems - This area is concerned primarily with improving the delivery of healthcare.

RWJF also offers its Pioneer Program. The focus here is all things innovative in public health. Grants range from $20,000 up to $8 million. Check out the past Pioneer grants awarded to get a feel for the wide range of topics for which grants are awarded. 

Grants from RWJF tend to be pretty sizable. The majority start at $100,000 and reach into multimillion-dollar territory. According to RWJF, most grants are in the $100,000 to $300,000 range. For a closer look at the types of organizations receiving RWJF funding and at what level, check out its helpful grants database.


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