Funding Opportunities

Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) is pleased to offer three funding opportunities intended to help local collaborations advance their efforts to share and use multi-sector data to improve community health. None of these are currently open for proposals, but check back for new calls! These opportunities are also disseminated through the All In: Data for Community Health newsletter and online community.

Learning and Action in Policy and Partnerships (LAPP)

Leveraging COVID-19 Relief Funding to Advance Sustainable Data-Sharing Policies for Improving Health, Equity and Well-Being 

(Please visit https://dashconnect.org/funding-opportunities/lapp/ for more information)

Current federal funding initiatives provide a unique opportunity to dramatically accelerate investments into shared data systems that support communities to address health equity. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) invests nearly $2 trillion in public health, health, and human services programs as well as $350 billion in additional flexible “fiscal relief” funding for state and local governments. The Treasury Department interim rule on the fiscal relief money specifically identifies “improvements to data or technology infrastructure” as a permitted use for public health and economic relief programs. Further, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) also provides for payments to state, local, and tribal governments navigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) in partnership with the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), is awarding $80,000 to five awardees over 7 months as part of its Learning and Action in Policy and Partnerships (LAPP) program.  

The purpose of this second round of funding for the Learning and Action in Policy and Partnerships (LAPP) grant is to support coordinated  local or state government and community partnerships as they leverage COVID-19 relief funds to advance policies for data-sharing and data-integration efforts, improve a culture of health and advance equity, and, importantly, inform state policy development.

Please visit the LAPP homepage on the DASH website to:

Questions? Please direct inquiries to info@dashconnect.org with the subject “LAPP Program”

DASH Community Impact Contracts (CIC)

Community Impact Contracts provide support for near-term activities that help local collaborations take meaningful steps toward planning or implementing multi-sector data systems. Up to $25,000 is available to successful applicants.

On October 26, 2021 at 1:30 pm EST, a 90-minute webinar will be held to provide a detailed description of the program and application process. Registration is encouraged (click here) even if you cannot attend, as a recording will be available immediately following and sent to all those registered. If there are issues in attending or accessing a recorded webinar, please contact Melissa Moorehead at mmoorehe@mphi.org after October 26 and our team will work to get you the information you need.

Who should apply? Members of place-based collaborations that have an actionable opportunity to advance their community’s data sharing efforts that is strategic, timely, actionable, replicable, and targeted.

DASH Mentor Program

The DASH Mentor Program The DASH Mentor Program supports six experienced organizations in offering targeted technical assistance or subject area expertise to small groups of “mentees.”  DASH funds both Mentors and Mentees to participate, and has periodic calls for applications.  These opportunities are disseminated through the All In: Data for Community Health newsletter and online community.”

Who should apply? Members of local collaborations that would like to participate in small group sessions and receive technical assistance from a DASH Mentor on specific topics over the course of 10 months.