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Voices for Healthy Kids Has a New Grant Opportunity for Preemption Campaigns

Is your organization working on or ready to lead preemption campaign efforts? Please consider applying for a grant from Voices for Healthy Kids to ensure harmful preemption actions do not prohibit policy actions and perpetuate disparities.


Advancements in public health have relied upon a thriving and engaged democratic process that supports innovative policy making at the local level. Broader social justice movements – including those focused on achieving equity – also often start locally. Local policymaking is currently under threat by an onslaught of policies that stop, limit, or discourage local communities from enacting policy solutions. Referred to as preemption, these policies occur when a higher form of government (such as a state legislature) limits a lower form of government (such as a city council) from taking action on an issue. Preemption is becoming an increasingly common state legislative tactic and is extending to a greater number of policy issue areas. These harmful preemption actions can perpetuate disparities, prohibit policy action on the social determinants of health, and hurt local democracy.

Our work unites the voices of organizations and advocates in communities that want to see change. Our collective work is backed by science and amplified by the leadership and resources of the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as well as the expertise of leading advocacy organizations. Our grants come not just with dollars, but access to specialized technical assistance and experienced policy change experts.

Voices for Healthy Kids aims to help make each day healthier for all children. We hope you will join us.

Preemption Campaign Grant Opportunity
The Policy Campaign Grant opportunity aims to fund strategic issue advocacy campaigns focused on helping kids grow up healthy through state, local, and tribal public policy campaigns. 

  • Applications must be focused on Preemption Repeal or Defense
  • Applications must be focused in one of the following states in the western and southern region: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington
  • This opportunity is for NEW preemption campaigns (not currently or recently funded by Voices for Healthy Kids)
  • Applications must be completed in the online grant management system and be submitted by the posted deadline
  • Applications may be up to $125,000
  • Budgets can include non-lobbying and lobbying tactics
  • Grant duration can be up to 18 months
  • Strong focus on diversity and inclusion within the campaign, demonstrated experience and understanding of building health equity
  • Applications are strongly recommended to include a Priority Population Engagement Subgrantee
  • Cross issue collaboration is encouraged for all applicants (issues that could be blocked by preemption, which could include but not limited to minimum wage, housing, civil rights, immigration, oil/gas drilling, environmental issues, nutrition and tobacco)

Voices for Healthy Kids does not fund:

  • curricula development
  • policy implementation
  • equipment
  • operations of physical activity, nutrition or similar participant-based program capital expenditures
  • academic research or other non-advocacy purposes

Application Process
Voices for Healthy Kids has a two-step application process. All eligible applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent to be considered. All letters of intent will be thoroughly reviewed and select applicants will be invited to submit a full application for consideration in a competitive review process.

Applicants should submit their Letters of Intent (LOI) in the online grant system on or before July 28, 2019 – 5:00 p.m. pacific.

Preemption Campaign Letters of Intent Timeline

Call for Letters of Intent

Letter of Intent Deadline


July 15, 2019 

July 28, 2019 – 5:00 p.m. PST 

August 2, 2019 

Application Timeline

Application Available 

Application Deadline 

Notification of Award/Decline 

August 2, 2019 

August 26, 2019 – 5:00 p.m. PST 

September 11, 2019* 

*All awarded applicants (and subgrantees) are required to attend the New Grantee Onboarding and All Grantee Meeting on October 22 – 24, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas.

Online Grant Management System
Voices for Healthy Kids grant information and applications are online. All applications will be submitted in this system and registration is required. Please follow these simple steps to register: 

  • Visit and in the lower right-hand side of the webpage, click the create account now button. Be sure to use Google Chrome as this site does not work with Internet Explorer.
  • Complete the eligibility quiz.
  • If your organization is eligible you will then need to complete a registration form for your organization and individual information.
  • Once submitted, your registration will be reviewed and approved within two (2) business days.

We appreciate your support in sharing this opportunity with organizations working on state or local advocacy campaigns. Together, we can make each day healthier for all children. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Shannon Melluzzo, Grants Manager for Voices for Healthy Kids at [email protected].