New Funding Available in Preventing Injury

The John Rex Endowment is accepting Letters of Intent that address our Preventing Injury goal as detailed in our Preventing Injury Request for Proposals. Letters of intent for the Winter Grant Award Cycle are due Tuesday, October 10, end of day (11:59 PM ET).

Funding support is available for organizations or teams of organizations that want to improve and strengthen their work to prevent injury and ensure the overall safety of Wake County children.  Requests must focus on one or more of the five leading causes of Wake County childhood injury:  motor vehicle crashes (children are passengers or drivers), assaults and physical violence; motor vehicle crashes (children are pedestrians); self-inflicted injuries/self-harm; and falls.

Through our early assessment work regarding the prevention of childhood injury we learned that Wake County is rich in programs that impact individuals’ awareness and knowledge, attitudes and beliefs, and behaviors, as well as their families, peer groups, and other relationships. Less prevalent, though, are higher-impact injury prevention efforts that have the potential to broadly bring about change that prevents childhood injuries.

Such prevention strategies emphasize changing the physical environment and social conditions across Wake County, in specific neighborhoods, or in particular community settings. Prevention work that involves changing the physical environment include strategies to modify the built environment—human-made structures and buildings, spaces, and sidewalks and roadways for example—as well as products that are created by people.  Changing social conditions incorporates a focus on improving social norms and attitudes, institutional or government policies and laws, community cohesion, etc.

Applications will be accepted for new projects as well as those that build or expand on currently funded grants (see our 2017 Expansion Guidelines). In this grant application cycle, we will give priority consideration to proposed projects that focus on one or more higher-impact injury prevention strategies. See the Preventing Injury Request for Proposals for details.

If you have questions about these funding opportunities, or our online grant management system, contact Gladys Hairston, Program Associate, at Gladys Hairston or 919-838-1110 extension 6.