Deadline for Submission
May 16, 2014

Download RFP info (pdf)

Proposals should be
sent to Renee Carr

We are pleased to announce the Healthy Communities Outreach Project in partnership with Bob’s Red Mill and OSU Moore Family Center, in conjunction with the OSU Extension FCH and 4-H Programs of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. This statewide outreach project is making available to county-based Extension faculty $300,000 to fund 12 regional projects.

Each regional project will focus on ways “to improve the lifelong health of Oregonians where they live, work, learn and play that stimulates innovation and collaboration” with OSU Extension within our communities. Each project needs to also include a whole grain foods component. 

OSU Moore Family Center Outreach (MFCO) will serve as the fiscal agent and budget management for the 12 regional projects.  The intent of the Healthy Communities Outreach Project funding is to empower communities to work together to improve the lifelong health of every Oregonian and help provide opportunity to make healthy choices for themselves and their families.

The goal of the Healthy Communities Outreach Project is to equip every Oregonian as a leader of the health of their community. It is not to support clinical or therapeutic services.  The goal for OSU Extension faculty is to provide leadership and to collaborate with community and public health partners to further improve health outcomes in all 12 regions and 36 counties in Oregon.

Each project must demonstrate the value of OSU Extension to community-based education through outreach and engagement.  Each region may request up to $25,000 through this competitive process.  Each Regional Project Team is encouraged to include three of the following:

  • Combinations of either 4-H, FCH, and/or NEP faculty
  • an on-campus CPHHS faculty, campus Extension faculty or intern
  • a community partner
  • a community health partner

Proposals are limited to four pages in length, not including letters of support and commitment. A letter of support and commitment from each major partner is required.  You are encouraged to make this a true reflection of the community work done by Extension faculty, extending Oregon State University into the community. The deadline for submitting an application for funds is May 16, 2014. Proposals should include a description of:

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: 

  • Description of the issue to be addressed (10%)
  • Leverage other monies from community collaboration (10%)
  • Soundness and feasibility of the approach (20%)
  • Clarity of the roles of all partners and letters of support and commitment (20%)
  • Potential to strengthen the role of OSU Extension in community-based outreach (20%)
  • Capacity of regional outreach (10%)
  • Evaluation plan (10%)

Examples of fundable projects might include but are not limited to the following:

  • Whole grain foods options on school district food service menus
  • Reduce obesity by culturally appropriate choices for foods and beverages
  • Farm to School regional project that has a whole grain foods component
  • Whole Grain Foods 4-H Competition possibly at county/state fair   
  • Community mapping project related to whole grain foods and/or health issues
  • Social marketing campaign using media technologies such as Facebook
  • Efforts to catalyze community involvement in health policy decisions

Healthy Communities Outreach (HCO) Projects selected from each region will be notified June 20, 2014 and funds will be available for use after July 1, 2014.  The HCO Project timeline will run from July 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015. Each HCO regional project, evaluation and poster presentation must be ready for draft review by February 13, 2015. Funded projects will be finalized to present at the Annual FCH/4-H Conference, March 2015, in Portland and at the International Wheat Summit to be held June 2015, in Portland and hosted by OSU Moore Family Center.

Proposals will be reviewed by a team of individuals that will include members of the State MFC Outreach Advisory Board, FCH/4-H Administrators, selected OSU campus or community based faculty.

Proposals should be sent to Renee Carr

OSU Extension – College Public Health and Human Sciences
Moore Family Center Healthy Community Outreach Project Regions