Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Promote Health and Well-Being Among Children

2018 Call for Proposals

    Release Date: May 23, 2018 | Application Deadline: July 18, 2018, 3:00 p.m. ET
Healthy Eating Research (HER) is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program, which supports research on policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies with strong potential to promote the health and well-being of children at a population level. Specifically, HER aims to help all children achieve optimal nutrition and a healthy weight. HER grantmaking focuses on children and adolescents from birth to 18, and their families, with a priority on lower-income and racial and ethnic minority populations that are at-risk of poor nutrition and obesity. Findings are expected to advance RWJF’s efforts to ensure that all children and their families have the opportunity and resources to experience the best physical, social, and emotional health possible, promote health equity, and build a Culture of Health.

Healthy Eating Research issues calls for proposals (CFPs) to solicit scientifically rigorous, solution-oriented proposals from investigators representing diverse disciplines and backgrounds. This CFP is for two types of awards aimed at providing advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers with evidence to promote the health and well-being of children through nutritious foods and beverages. The award types are Round 11, small- and large-scale grants. The two funding opportunities are described in more detail beginning on page 2 of the CFP.

You can learn more about Healthy Eating Research at

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

For All Grant Opportunities

  • Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation.
  • Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
  • The focus of this program is the United States; studies in other countries will be considered only to the extent that they may directly inform U.S. policy.

Key Dates

May 23July 18, 2018 (3 p.m. ET)
RWJF online system available to applicants for concept papers.

June 6, 2018 (3 p.m. ET)
Optional applicant webinar. Registration is required. Please visit the program’s website for complete details and to register.

July 18, 2018 (3 p.m. ET)
Concept papers due. Those submitted after July 18, 2018 (3 p.m. ET) will not be reviewed.

August 13, 2018
Applicants notified whether they are invited to submit a full proposal.

March 13–15, 2019
Healthy Eating Research Annual Meeting

For all grant types, see table in the CFP for separate key dates/deadlines for small-scale vs. large-scale grants.

Total Awards

Approximately $2.6 million will be awarded under this CFP for the two award types. The anticipated allocation of funds is as follows:

  • Approximately $1.6 million will be awarded as small-scale grants, resulting in the funding of up to eight small research grants through this solicitation. Each grant will award up to $200,000 for up to 18 months.
  • Approximately $1 million will be awarded as large-scale grants, resulting in the funding of two large-scale grants through this solicitation. Each grant will award up to $500,000 for up to 24 months.



Zonta of the Southern Black Hills is offering scholarship(s) up to $1,000 for a non-traditional female student planning on attending (or currently attending) an accredited college, university or trade school.

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of need, community activities and good citizenship.

The Zonta Scholarship committee will conduct a personal interview with each candidate prior to making a final award decision.


  1. Complete scholarship application by typing or neatly printing in ink. Attach additional sheets if necessary.
  2. Enclose a short essay written by you outlining your community and school activities, your employment history, and future goals including what you hope to gain from this education. Include what specific financial needs you have regarding your education (such as tuition, books, babysitting, travel, etc.).
  3. Applicant must be a current resident of the Southern Black Hills.
  4. Applicants are required to be, at a minimum, a part-time student.
  5. Enclose one letter of reference from a teacher, counselor or employer.
  6. Enclose a photo of yourself.
  7. Mail completed application packet to the address below:

Zonta Club of the Black Hills   Applications and documents must be postmarked no later than
Scholarship Committee
PO Box 368
Custer, SD  57730-0368

Applications and documents must be postmarked no later than June 30, 2018.

For questions contact a Zonta member or e-mail to















PHONE: ______________________________Date of Birth___________________________


NAME & ADDRESS of accredited school you are (or will be) attending:





STUDENT ID #:_____________________________________________________________


Have you applied for any other Scholarships or Grants?  YES      NO


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PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Social Services (DSS) in Rapid City is hosting a special art exhibit in partnership with the Rapid City Arts council at the Dahl Arts Center. For the second year, children in foster care have the opportunity to display their art work during the entire month of April.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, the Department of Social Services encourages individuals and organizations to play a role in making Rapid City a better place for children and families.

“April is a time to celebrate the important role that our community plays in protecting children and strengthening families,” said Child Protective Services division director Virgena Wieseler. “By ensuring parents have knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children and families in our community.”

When law enforcement removes children from an unsafe home, the ultimate goal is to have children reunited with their family; however, some children may need placement with relatives or foster families. In order for children to stay connected to their family, community, school and culture, it’s important for a community to have foster families available.

“Children who come into foster care may have medical, emotional or behavioral needs,” said Wieseler. “The Rapid City area has a need for families to care for children of all ages, and a significant need for families who are able to care for children with special needs, sibling groups and for American Indian families to care for American Indian children.”

In Pennington County 356 children are currently in foster care. There are 91 licensed foster families in Pennington County. Over 80 percent of the children who come into care return home to their families within the first 12 months of placement.

The Foster One program was established in 2013 with the help of First Lady Linda Daugaard. The goal of Foster One is to raise awareness of the need for foster families in South Dakota. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent please call 605-343-2598, or visit our website at

Fur Trade History Being Celebrated at Cultural Heritage Center Program

December 7, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. — Activities at two important Upper Missouri River fur trading posts will be brought to life during a program at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

Michael M. Casler, co-editor of “Fort Tecumseh and Fort Pierre Chouteau: Journal and Letter Books, 1830-1850,” will be the guest speaker when the History and Heritage Book Club meets at 7 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Cultural Heritage Center.

Everyone is welcome to attend the free program, sponsored by the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation and the South Dakota Historical Society Press.

“Fort Pierre is celebrating its bicentennial. These two fur trading posts were located near what came to be the city of Fort Pierre and played an important part in Fort Pierre’s history,” said foundation President Michael Lewis.

In 1822, five years after Joseph La Framboise established a trading post at the junction of the Bad and Missouri rivers, the Columbia Fur Company built Fort Tecumseh to the north of La Framboise’s post. The rival American Fur Company bought out Columbia Fur Company in 1827. Workers moved goods from Fort Tecumseh north to the newly constructed Fort Pierre Chouteau in 1832, and Fort Pierre Chouteau succeeded Fort Tecumseh as a key trading location on the Upper Missouri River.

Letter books exist for Fort Tecumseh and Fort Pierre Chouteau for most of the time from 1830 to 1850. These books consist of copies of outgoing letters written by the bourgeois (managers) of the posts to their company officers and subordinates in the field. Company employees recorded daily activities in journals.

Casler said that he and co-editor W. Raymond Wood believed it was time for publication of these documents. Wood transcribed the letters and Casler annotated them.

“The letter books illustrate the nature of commerce in this region and are a rich resource for historians,” said Jay D. Vogt, director of the South Dakota State Historical Society. “Casler and Wood have done a great service to researchers in compiling them into one volume.”

Casler lives in Williston, N.D. The former park ranger with the National Park Service currently works as an independent historical researcher.

“Fort Tecumseh and Fort Pierre Chouteau Journal and Letter Books 1830-1850” was published in September by the South Dakota Historical Society Press. Copies of the book are available at the Heritage Stores at the Cultural Heritage Center and the Capitol, as well as by calling the Press at 605-773-6009.

Please call 605-773-6006 for more information about the program.

Custer Ministerial Alliance announces Details of Annual Custer Community Christmas Project,

November 30, 2017

CUSTER, SD – The Custer Ministerial Alliance announces the details of the annual Custer Community Christmas Project, a multi-faceted program whose over-riding goal is bringing the entire community together to experience the spirit of giving and sharing. The distribution of food baskets and Select-a-Gift, both taking place on Saturday, Dec. 16–bring the project to a culmination.

Names of individuals and families in need who are potential participants are suggested by pastors, Social Services, the Custer Food Pantry, schools and individuals. Letters are already being sent to potential participants, asking if they wish to be part of the dinner, Select-a-Gift, the food basket program or all three. Those persons are asked to return their letters as soon as possible. Anyone who is in need and would appreciate participating but who does not receive a letter is welcome to contact any pastor or Social Services. A person or family can also be suggested for participation by contacting a pastor. The only stipulation is that participants be Custer County residents.

Food Baskets

The Store house is in need of food for over 200 baskets containing the makings for a bountiful Christmas dinner this year. Volunteers fill the bags at the Custer Food Pantry using food items donated to the Pantry and purchased with money donated to the Pantry. A list of needed items for the food baskets will be attached to the canvas Food Pantry bags at the grocery stores.  Community members are encouraged to buy any or all of the items listed.  Items placed in these bags and left at the grocery store, will be delivered to the Pantry. All donated food items not used in baskets are retained at the Custer Food Pantry for distribution there.


Select-A-Gift tree at Custer SHOPKO.    


This phase of the Community Christmas Project ensures that families in need experience the joy of giving and receiving gifts. Gifts are gathered in November and December for all age groups—children, teenagers, mothers and fathers. On Select-A-Gift Day, Dec. 16, participating families pick one gift for each family member. The children as a family pick one present for Mom and one for Dad, and the parents pick one present for each child. These gifts are wrapped on the spot and tagged for opening on Christmas Day.

Trees with gift tags have already been placed in participating area churches. Gift tag trees are also at First Interstate Bank, Shopko, Family Dollar, Dacotah Bank, Highmark Federal Credit Union, True Value Hardware and the Custer High/Middle School Library. Community residents are encouraged to take tags from one of these trees and buy a gift for the person on each tag chosen. Gift suggestions are now printed on the back of the tags or a gift suggestion list appears beside each angel tree at each location.

At this time we are really in need of folks taking “mother” and “father” tags.  This is so the children can get a present for their parents and this also includes single males and females in our community.

Gifts are to be returned unwrapped to the church or business where the tag was picked up by Tuesday, December 12. Then the gifts will be collected for Select-A-Gift distribution at the Custer High School gym, starting at 12:30 p.m. Dec.16. Last year the community’s sharing spirit enabled 91 area families to experience a happier Christmas with over 300 gifts distributed.

Any gifts not given out in Select-A-Gift are donated to WEAVE, the local domestic abuse shelter and  to the Store House for local distribution for families and children in need.

 How the Community Helps

There are numerous ways you as a resident of the community can help in the Custer

Community Christmas Project:

  • Take one or more tags from any of the trees at churches, Curves, or First Interstate Bank, Highmark, Family Dollar, Shopko, Sentinel credit union, True Value Hardware, Dacotah Bank and Custer High/Middle school and elementary school; buy gifts for those persons and return them unwrapped by Dec. 12 to the place where the tags were picked up.
  • Help with the gift wrapping at the Select-A-Gift site at the Custer High School gym. For information on when and where to report, and to volunteer for wrapping contact Janet Warne 673-5364.
  • Donate wrappings, ribbons and bows for the Select-a-Gift wrapping. Call Juli Ames-Curtis (673-2967 or 970-391-9921) for this information
  • Help fill the food baskets at the Custer Food Pantry or help deliver those that are not picked up. For information in helping in this area, call Kim Canete at 673-3753.
  • Contribute a cash donation for purchases of food for the Baskets, or for Select-A-Gift presents. Donations can be given to any pastor or sent to Juli Ames-Curtis, 11936 Hay Creek Rd, Custer, SD 57730. Cash donations can be given to tellers at First Interstate Bank, and Highmark Federal Credit Union and Shopko. Envelopes will be on trees as tags listed “$$ donation”.
  • Respond to letters being sent by the Custer Ministerial Alliance to businesses and individuals asking for cash donations to support all of these Christmas project events.