Building Healthy Communities

Project Title

East Harlem Capacity Building Funds

Grant Amount


Priority Area

Building Healthy Communities

Date Awarded

August 14, 2020




In Progress


Through its Building Healthy Communities priority area, NYSHealth has supported neighborhood-level approaches to improve access to healthy, affordable food and to activate spaces to encourage more physical activity.

Recognizing that sustainable resident engagement is vital to community health, NYSHealth is supporting its Building Healthy Communities grantees to ensure that the residents of these neighborhoods have the leadership skills, resources, and other tools needed to advocate for community health. With this support, grantees can help remove barriers to resident participation and ensure the long-term sustainability of the overall work in these communities. In 2020, NYSHealth awarded the Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) a grant to help residents in East Harlem promote community health and respond to the inequitable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of color.

Under this grant, FPHNYC will build its internal capacity and that of partner organizations to help engage the East Harlem community in responding to and rebounding from COVID-19. FPHNYC will provide local organizations with free virtual trainings for building community capacity and resiliency, as well as facilitating equitable management practices. It will also develop and distribute a “Health in Action” toolkit, including best practices, lessons learned, and effective models in community grantmaking. Additionally, FPHNYC will conduct a digital storytelling project to capture the community impact of COVID-29. It will share residents’ voices and experiences with elected officials, City agencies, and other organizations, as well as advocate for changes to underlying structural inequities in the community.