DASH Community Funding

DASH community funding programs are meant to support community partnerships that tackle racial justice and health equity challenges in their community by building community capacity to form multi-sector collaborations, inclusive of community and resident leadership, that share and use data to work toward improved health equity. To that end, DASH provides funding, operational support, peer learning, strategic planning, technical assistance, and training.

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN: Asset-Based Community Development Cohort

DASH is seeking community organizers that are convening community members, institutions, and organizations to identify interventions to combat health disparities in underserved areas. Underserved & historically excluded communities refers to populations sharing a particular characteristic, as well as a common geography, that have been systematically denied a full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic, social, and civic life.  DASH support includes:

  • Participation in a learning cohort with up to 11 other communities from around the United States.
  • Funding of $20,000 to support the work of the collaboration, especially resident engagement costs.
  • Training and coaching on using Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) principles and tools to engage all the assets of the community in addressing health equity issues.

This cohort is designed for organizations and organizers that are highly interested in developing their work through an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) program design, which prioritizes local strengths and assets, especially grass-roots community leadership. To learn more about the basic principles of ABCD, check out the ABCD Institute website. Cohort participants will be guided through a curriculum, engage directly with trained faculty, receive 1-1 coaching, and participate in peer learning opportunities. See timeline below for the variety of topics that will be covered. Partnerships must include a local organization that is a nonprofit, government entity, or institute of higher education who will be the fiscal agent. Each applicant will need to be prepared to describe their participating partners, each participant’s role in the decision-making process, and how each representative is or will be supported or compensated throughout the process.  Up to 12 collaborations will be funded to participate in the cohort.

We intend for the application to be easy, accessible and straight forward. Apply here. Please note, this application sits on a platform offered by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and will require you to create a free account. By doing so, you can explore other funding opportunities offered directly by the Foundation. The application contains instructions that will guide you through the program. We also encourage you to watch the informational video below and check this page often for updates. We will be posting additional clarifications as questions are received, and will have updated guidance on the funding flow soon. Please reach out with any questions or comments.

Presentation slides and resources available here.


DASH is encouraging community leadership building this cohort as well as local collaborations. We seek to support models of how traditionally powerful institutions can 'lead by stepping back' and support community based change-makers defining their own best outcomes and strategies.  Eligible initial applicants will engage in a multi-step process that will build a peer learning  community.  Initial funding will be provided to support engagement in this work for up to 40 applicants, who will use a peer learning process to jointly select the final cohort of up to 12 collaborations.   Please note, we are seeking to support people and organizations who may not have dedicated fundraising or grant-writing personnel and we will work directly with applicants to eliminate barriers to completing applications.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Melissa Moorehead at mmoorehe@mphi.org and our team will work to get you the information you need.  We are welcoming comments that will help us improve accessibility and diversity of applicants as well.


December 7, 2021 Initial Application due
December 20, 2021 Finalists notified
January 14, 2022 Finalist showcase presentations due
January 28, 2022 Award letters sent


  • Welcome to the Cohort: Required Readings and Kickoff Meeting (Virtual)
  • Identifying Strengths & Sustainable Communities: Deep Dive into Community Transformation 
  • Community Building Principles & Action: Creating Asset Map & Workgroup, Understanding the Data Infrastructure 
  • Community Building Principles & Action: Identifying Actionable Steps
  • Community Engagement & Partnership: Developing Strategic Action Plan
  • Brave Spaces & Capturing Stories: Staying Rooted in the Community and Developing Sustainability and Data Infrastructure Plan
  • Shifting Power & Taking Action: Enacting Change and Next Steps with Operationalizing Budgets
  • Reflecting with Joy: Generating Communications and Enthusiasm for Next Steps