Request for Proposals

Healthy Community Outreach Program

Moore Family Center

The OSU Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition & Preventive Health is pleased to announce this request for proposals for the 2020 Healthy Community Outreach Program. This statewide outreach program seeks to improve the nutrition and food environment in underserved communities across the State of Oregon in partnership with our colleagues in the OSU Extension Service and local community health partners.


Available Funding


Healthy Community Outreach Grants of up to $25,000

DEADLINE for submissions is July 1st, 2020.

The Moore Family Center Healthy Community Outreach Program is seeking proposals from Extension professionals in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences for community-based projects.  Each project proposal may request up to $25,000 through this competitive process and up to 4 projects will be funded per year ($100,000 total project funding statewide). The OSU Moore Family Center shall act as the fiscal agent on each funded project.

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Project Goals

The intent of the Healthy Community Outreach Program is to empower local communities to work together to improve the lifelong health of Oregonians where they live, work, learn and play in ways that stimulate innovation and collaboration. We welcome project proposals related to improving nutrition and the local food environment. This program is not intended for clinical or therapeutic interventions. Preference will be given to projects that could result in a broader regional or statewide impact and projects that have long term sustainability or result in tangible / durable products or changes in the community. 

Examples of fundable projects might include (but are NOT limited to) the following:

  • Engaging diverse and underserved communities to improve nutrition education or food distribution programs
  • Community assessment or mapping projects related to food and nutrition or food-related chronic disease prevention
  • Projects utilizing social marketing and technology to engage new audiences and communicate nutrition messages
  • Efforts to catalyze community involvement in health / food policy decisions
  • Community-engaged projects focused on developing health leaders and champions
  • Improving the quality / variety of foods served on institutional food service menus  
  • Increasing capacity for farm to school / institution projects


Project Teams

Each project team will consist of a county-based CPHHS Extension Faculty Member (PI) along with a regional project team which should include at least three or more of the following:

  • An on-campus or statewide CPHHS or Extension faculty
  • Other county-based Extension faculty or staff (4-H Youth Development, FCH (including SNAP Ed and EFNEP), Forestry & Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Sea Grant)
  • OSU College of Public Health & Human Sciences Students
  • A local community partner
  • A local public health partner


Proposal Guidelines

Proposals are limited to four pages in length, not including letters of support. A letter of support and commitment from each major partner is required, including your local or program budget authority who will provide approval of any in-kind FTE dedicated to this project.

Proposal narrative

Project proposal narrative should describe the:

  • Roles of all partners and identification of key personnel
  • Local health issue, goal, outcome or action to be addressed as identified by the Oregon State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) or local Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).
  • Project approach, activities and populations served
  • Action plan and timeline for implementation
  • Project evaluation and dissemination plan
  • Budget and budget narrative specifying how the requested funds will be used
  • Letters of support from internal and external partners


Proposal evaluation

Proposals will undergo a peer review and selection process led by the Moore Family Center advisory team. Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Description of the issue to be addressed and population served (10%)
  • Project leverages local community and cross-program 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 (10%)
  • Sustainability of the project and capacity for regional or statewide impact (20%)
  • Evaluation and dissemination plan (10%)


Project Timeline

The deadline for full project proposals is July 1st, 2020.

Projects leaders will be notified about the status of their proposals in August 2020. Funds will be available for use starting October 1st, 2020 (funded period is October 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021). Periodic updates and grant reports regarding the progress of funded projects will be required and may include site visits. Projects must show significant progress towards their goals in the first 6 months of funding.

Submission Instructions

Completed proposals, including letters of support, should be sent together as one document (PDF) to Moore Family Center Outreach Coordinator Jenny Rudolph at with subject: HCO 2020 application – “insert region(s)”

Questions regarding this RFP should also be sent to Jenny Rudolph at the email address above.