Project Title

Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship

Grant Amount


Priority Area


Date Awarded

October 15, 2019


Outside New York State



In Progress



In a state as large as New York, a steady stream of smart, innovative work is coming from NYSHealth grantees and non-grantees alike that is relevant to NYSHealth’s priority areas of Building Healthy Communities and Empowering Health Care Consumers and its focus area on Veterans’ Health. These organizations should be elevating their work and informing key stakeholders at regional, statewide, and national conferences, meetings, and other convenings. Yet, because of a lack of resources, they are often unable to do so. To address this issue, NYSHealth is awarding grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities, Consumer Empowerment, and Veterans’ Health Request for Proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, NYSHealth is sponsoring low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2019, NYSHealth awarded the Windward Fund a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to build healthier communities.

Under this grant, the Windward Fund will sponsor one staff member from its New Food Economy project to attend the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) 17th Annual Forum. The New Food Economy is a journalistic enterprise in New York City that works to educate consumers on food consumption, policy, politics, and systems. Its ultimate aim is to help citizens navigate the complex food system to make more informed consumption choices and healthier lifestyle decisions. The SAFSF Forum is the only national gathering for and by funders supporting just and sustainable food systems change. By attending the forum, the staff member will interact with and learn from industry experts, leaders, and funders in the food space and bring that information and possible new collaborations back to its New Food Economy readers.

View a complete list of conference participating grantees.