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FNIH Announces Annual Grant Funding Opportunity for The Heart Truth® Community Action Program

December 5, 2012

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) issued a Request for Applications for The Heart Truth Community Action Program. In April 2013, the FNIH will award grants ranging from $5,000 to $75,000 to community organizations engaged in women’s heart health initiatives.

The Heart Truth Community Action Program is one component of a public-private partnership with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) that aims to equip community-based organizations to educate women and empower them to make lifestyle changes that will lower their risk for heart disease. The grant program promotes The Heart Truth, the NHLBI’s national campaign to give women a personal and urgent wake-up call about their risk for heart disease. Funding for the Community Action Program is provided by the FNIH through donations from individuals and corporations including The Heart Truth partners, Diet Coke, Belk Department Stores and Swarovski.

“Since 2009, the FNIH has worked to bring together significant public and private resources in support of The Heart Truth campaign,” said Dr. Maria Freire, President of the FNIH. “Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in this country, and the FNIH and NHLBI share the conviction that women need to know their personal risk and the encouraging message that there are positive, manageable, steps that they can take to protect their health. Toward that goal, the FNIH has awarded almost $800,000 in grants to 23 community organizations across the country.”

Through The Heart Truth Community Action Program, the FNIH looks to support creative ideas for mobilizing local community action to increase awareness of women’s heart disease and to motivate women to take personal action to lower their risk.  Priority will be given to applications that propose programs and activities that not only increase awareness of women’s heart disease, but also provide actionable steps, follow up, and support for women who want to change behaviors that increase their own risk for heart disease. In addition, priority will also be given to applications that propose to reach women of color, low income, or in rural areas. The total number of grants awarded and the amount of each grant will depend on the number of approved grantees and the scope of their programs.

Please visit for more information about the grant program and eligibility, as well as a link to the complete Request for Applications. The application deadline is January 7, 2013.

For questions about the application process or your proposed program, contact Monique Ndenecho at monique [dot] ndenecho [at] nih [dot] gov. For technical questions about the online application, contact Magda Galindo at grants [at] fnih [dot] org.