Call for Proposals for Planning Grants

Proposals are due February 8, 2023.

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Globe with valuesHave you thought about looking outside U.S. borders to find solutions for the health equity challenges your community is facing in the U.S.?

Created in 2020 with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Global Learning for Health Equity Network (GL4HE) is accepting proposals for planning grants to help community-based organizations and health equity advocates learn about creative approaches, initiatives or policies from countries around the world that can inform their efforts to advance health equity in the U.S.

This Call for Proposals is designed to support 6-8 grantees at any stage of their global learning journey–whether they have already identified a global idea they would like to learn from or are just curious to explore what solutions exist beyond U.S. borders. This opportunity will provide grantees with mentorship, resources and funding to bring global inspiration to their communities.

Call for Proposals

Using the Global Learning for Health Equity Framework to Design Proposals

This Call for Proposals is designed to support global learners at any of the stages represented in the model to help progress the learners forward in their global learning journey and to set them up for future funding. Applicants will be required to propose a project that addresses one or more of the domains listed below. The goal of this seed funding program is to support community-based organizations, health equity advocates, academic institutions, or public health departments in applying the framework to their work. The grant will also equip grantees with mentorship and resources to seek further funding for their global learning idea.

GL4HE Framework Model

Have additional questions? Contact the GL4HE.


What do we mean by health equity? 

“Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.” (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). This means education, built environment, climate change, health system, public health and other types of projects are welcome under this broad definition.


Who should apply? 

We encourage both new entrants and those experienced in global learning to apply for funding. Community based organizations, public health departments, academic programs, and other groups are eligible.


Elements of the Proposal 


  • Biographic information about applicants and organizations

  • Project title

  • Project summary

  • Proposal narrative (For details about what to include in project narrative, see Call for Proposals.)

Separate documents to upload:

What help will grantees get with their projects? 

Each Global Learning Team will be partnered and matched with one or more global learning for health equity experts from the Network dependent on their health equity project type and stage of global learning. Network experts will provide support, including coaching and mentoring on implementation, research, and synthesis plans.

How much funding is available? 

Grants of $30,000-$50,000 are available for 6-8 projects.