Alert: Update: How to Apply for Community Transformation Grants

Dear Partners,

The Community Transformation Grants (CTG) are finally available. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will award grants totaling $102 million this year to as many as 75 communities to reduce chronic diseases and health disparities.

The grants will fund evidence-based or practice-based changes in policies, programs, environment and infrastructure targeting specific diseases and risk factors. In the long run, the goal is to improve the health of all Americans, narrow health disparities and reduce health care costs.

Particularly important to some of our partners, a portion of the grants will be awarded for capacity building to enable communities to take on transformation projects. 

Who can apply?

  • State and local government agencies
  • State and local nonprofits
  • Indian tribes

All projects must include a component to advance health equity and must ensure that people experiencing the targeted disparities are actively engaged in the project. We urge you to consider applying in partnership with other state and local organizations and agencies.

Who cannot apply?

National networks of community-based organizations are excluded from this first grant application. They will be eligible for a second CTG program to help share successful models and activities that the CDC expects to release in the future.

For detailed information about the grants, see the CDC's funding announcement, visit its website or check out its FAQ filled with detailed information.

Important deadlines:

  • Letter of Intent: June 6, 2011
  • Application: July 15, 20011 at 5:00 p.m. EST

For more information, including opportunities to join CDC phone conferences for technical assistance, please see Community Catalyst's new Community Transformation Grant application fact sheet.

If you have questions, please contact Alice Dembner, Deputy Policy Director at 617-275-2880 or

And remember, the grants are funded through the national Prevention and Public Health Fund, established in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), so we need to continue to work to protect the fund and the ACA from repeal or defunding.

Thank you for your continued advocacy,

The Community Catalyst Implementation Team

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