Learning and Action in Policy and Partnerships (LAPP)

Thank you for your interest in the Learning and Action in Policy and Partnerships (LAPP) Grant.  We do not have any award updates at this time but expect to have more information in the coming weeks.  The LAPP team will make a formal announcement when the award process is complete.  We will share the awards announcement on the LAPP homepage https://www.dashconnect.org/lapp/. For information on additional DASH funding opportunities, please visit: https://dashconnect.org/funding-opportunities/

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 pleased to launch the Learning and Action in Policy and Partnerships (LAPP) program. LAPP will provide award opportunities to community organizations who are partnered with their state government to advance community-led programs focused on data-sharing efforts to improve health, equity and well-being.

To learn more about the LAPP grant development and the opportunity analysis interview series conducted with more than 30 key thought leaders including federal, state and community voices, please download Advancing Health, Equity, and Well-Being through Community-State Data-Sharing Partnerships: Thought Leader Insights.

The objective of LAPP is to facilitate aligned efforts among multi-sector community and state partners that will build a foundation for sustainable policy and systems change. The purpose of LAPP is to offer awardees targeted funds and direct technical assistance to build the capacity of their community’s data ecosystem to initiate, strengthen, and leverage relationships with the state government to improve health, well-being, and equity outcomes. This award will provide access to funding and support to advance an existing, clearly defined project that aims to improve health, well-being, and equity with a policy or systems-change lens for sustainable impact.

All details for the LAPP Opportunity are included in the LAPP Brochure.

Request for Proposals

Application Due Date: December 16th, 2020 at 3:30 PM EST. Applications must be submitted via the RWJF Online Application System.

Questions / Inquiries about the LAPP program can be sent to info@dashconnect.org with the subject “LAPP Program.”

All applicants should log into the RWJF Online Application System to familiarize themselves with online submission requirements well before the submission deadlines. In fairness to all applicants, the program will not accept late submissions.

Informational Webinar

On October 26th, DASH and CHCS co-hosted an informational webinar for potential applicants to learn more about LAPP and requirements for the application process. Access the presentation materials here and view the recorded session below:

FAQs (Updated Tuesday, February 9nd)

Questions may be submitted to info@dashconnect.org , please include “LAPP Program” in the subject line. FAQs are gathered and updates are posted every Friday. DASH can not guarantee answers to questions submitted after December 4th. View the FAQs here.

Award information

Five awardees will receive $100,000 each to: (a) engage partners to advance existing data-sharing or data-integration efforts; (b) systematically share data across sectors (e.g., social services, public health, and health care); and (c) build relationships among community and state partners to inform decision-making and strengthen systems that support community goals for improved health, well-being and equity. In the second year of the LAPP Program, additional funding and support may become available, based on successful completion of program objectives and deliverables.

Application resources

  • Download the LAPP Brochure to learn more about eligibility/selection criteria, expectations, and how to apply.
  • Read this blog post that explores how LAPP’s program design advances policy and systems change.
  • Read answers to FAQs that have been submitted for past calls for applications.
  • Follow this link to the online application system where you can download a sample application.
  • Applications for this program must be submitted via the RWJF Online Application System by the application deadline: December 16th, 2020 at 3:30 PM EST.

How to Join All In

If you’re new to All In, the first step to join is to sign up for the online community and create an individual member profile. To be eligible for the LAPP grant you must be a member of All In.

LAPP Timeline

  • October 19, 11:00 AM ET 2020 – Release Date
  • October 26, 12:00 PM ET 2020 – Informational webinar (View the Recorded Webinar)
  • December 16th, 3:30 PM ET 2020 – Application deadline
  • January, 2021 – Awardees notified
  • January-February, 2021 – Awards initiated
  • February, 2022 – Awards end
  • March, 2022 – Final reports and deliverables due


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

About DASH and CHCS

Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH)

Supported through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, DASH supports collaborations that work together to improve the health of their communities, promote health equity, and contribute to a Culture of Health by strengthening information-sharing systems, engaging additional sectors and community members, and building sustainable capacity to work collaboratively toward community goals.

DASH shares lessons learned from awardees to create a body of knowledge and advance this emerging field of sharing data and information across and beyond traditional health sectors, and leverages peer-to-peer connection opportunities to spread innovative approaches that address the root causes of inequity and poor health. The home for this network of dissemination is All In: Data for Community Health.

Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS)

The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is a nonprofit policy center dedicated to improving the health of low-income Americans. CHCS works with state and federal agencies, health plans, providers, and community-based organizations to advance innovative and cost-effective models for organizing, financing, and delivering health care services. Its work focuses on: (1) advancing delivery system and payment reform; (2) integrating services for people with complex needs; and (3) building Medicaid and cross-sector leadership capacity to support high-quality, cost-effective care. For more information, visit www.chcs.org.