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Baltimore Health Equity Impact Grant

download the request for proposals for 2020 Small Grants Program here       download the cover page template for 2020 Small Grants Program here       download budget form for 2020 Small Grants Program here       download the institutional review board decision tree here 

Proposal Requirements 

All proposals need to include the following: 

  • Proposals will only be accepted via our online form. Please fill out the form here after reading proposal requirements below. 
  • Cover Page: Use the provided template (download here).
  • Abstract: Provide a brief summary of the project. The abstract should not exceed 200 words.
  • Project Narrative: The project narrative should not exceed 1800 words. The requested format is as follows:
    • Introduction
    • Specific aims: Including a clear statement of the research questions for research proposals, and a clear statement of project goals for program development. Specific aims should highlight the promotion of health equity in Baltimore.
    • Methods: Focusing on research methods for research projects and implementation plan for program development
    • Dissemination plan: Outline the plan for sharing research findings and/or highlighting program successes and lessons learned
  • Community Impact: Provide a brief description of how the proposed work will advance health equity in Baltimore City. The community impact statement should not exceed 450 words.
    • Geographic location: Indicate the specific Baltimore City community neighborhood(s) that will be impacted by this project
    • Partnerships: Describe how the proposed work will enhance university-community partnerships and support future activities to promote health equity.
  • Proposed Budget: Use the provided template (download here). Include direct costs only, i.e., those costs that can be identified specifically with the project. Indirect costs are not permitted. At least 50% of the budget must be used to support the expenses of the community-based organization
  • Budget Justification: Provide a narrative that clearly describes each cost element and explain how each cost contributes to meeting the project’s objectives/goals. Be sure to list all additional funding sources for this project. If any part of this project is currently funded or is pending funding by another source, list the funding organization, total support amount, and dates of support. The budget justification should not exceed 600 words.
  • Biographical Sketches or brief resumes of Hopkins and Community Partners: Upload one file with biographical sketches or brief resumes for all persons contributing to the project; at least two biographical sketches/resumes must be included (one for the community partner and one for the university partner). Each biographical sketch/resume should be two pages or less and include: name, current contact information, and professional experience.


For student-community projects, all undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate students at the Johns Hopkins University are eligible to apply. The student must remain enrolled for the duration of the project. Student awardee may be required to participate in the health equity training. All student applicants must submit a signed advisor checklist (download here).

For faculty projects, those who are eligible include scientists, assistant professors, associate professors, and full professors of all schools of the Johns Hopkins University.

PLEASE NOTE: An individual can only receive one UHI Baltimore Health Equity Impact Grant (formerly, Small Grant) Award of each level during their career at the Johns Hopkins University.

All projects require at least one collaborating community-based organization in Baltimore and an individual identified within that organization who is a partner in the project. Prior to applying, please verify that both the Johns Hopkins and community partners are able to remain involved throughout the course of the project. A change in partner status may lead to forfeiture of funding.

Application Review Information

Applications will be reviewed by a team of Hopkins faculty and staff, and Baltimore community members. A detailed review of each application will not be provided; rather, feedback will be limited to notification of grant award.

Review Considerations

Primary review consideration: Funded proposals will be those that will most successfully advance health equity and well-being of the residents of Baltimore, in the following UHI priority areas: cross-sectoral partnerships to address health equity and social determinants of health in employment, education, housing, and food access, leadership development, capacity-building in Baltimore’s community-based organizations, trauma and trauma-informed care, social disparities, race, and racism.

Funded proposals must show clear evidence that the collaborating community-based organization has been involved with the development of the proposed plan and explain how they will be involved for the duration of the project.

Additional Review Considerations:

  • Those that demonstrate they uphold the UHI best practices for community engagement (download here).
  • Implications for urban health locally, nationally, and internationally (e.g., how might the results of the project be used by the community and/or policymakers to improve the health of urban residents), including a plan for disseminating the results of the project.
  • Potential to attract sustainable funding from other sources or to spark additional partnerships and projects that will build on results of the project (should be outlined in the proposal).

It is anticipated that the award announcement will be made on December 13, 2021.

Funding Specifications and Restrictions

Funding can be requested to support all activities justified in the budget. Awards are for a 12-month continuous budget. A one-time no-cost extension for up to one year may be granted by a written request with justification accompanied by a brief progress report.

Funding for Salary Support

Salary support for Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, and students should be listed in the Personnel section of the budget form; salary for new hires is not allowed. Funding for community collaborators will be made through alternative mechanisms (not payroll) and should be listed in the Consultant Costs section of the budget form.

Award Administration Information

Award notices will be issued by the administrative offices of the UHI, which will provide project oversight for the grant’s administration.

Financial accounts will be set up in the UHI organizational unit and awards will be administered through the Johns Hopkins partner’s home department. UHI staff will work cooperatively with the department to simplify the process and provide account access. Before submitting, it is required that the Johns Hopkins partner applicant meet with their home department to review this RFP and seek approval for the budget.

Reporting Requirements

All UHI Baltimore Health Equity Impact Grants Award recipients will be required to provide two reports: an interim progress report is due mid-way of the project (or 6 months after the start date, whichever comes sooner) and a final report of their project or study is due one month after the project end date. A final financial report may also be requested.

In addition, we ask that all Program Development grant final reports include a statement of lessons learned, and the Research grant final reports provide evidence of submitting a manuscript for publication. Applicants must agree to credit the UHI for any products and publications that result from the awards (e.g., “this project was supported through a grant from the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute”).

A brief awardee presentation discussing the impact UHI funding has had on their communities and highlighting the benefits of collaborative multi-sector partnerships may be requested by the UHI. Grant recipients may be asked to participate in a UHI video presentation and/or participate in an annual UHI Grantee Showcase.

Q&A Information Session

We will host a virtual Q&A session for anyone interested in applying for this funding opportunity on September 29, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. To attend, please sign up here.