Funding Opportunity for ACORNS

The California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc. (CRIHB) is excited to invite the submission of proposals for the Advancing California Opportunity to Renew Native health Systems (ACORNS) program. CRIHB was awarded funds to implement ACORNS for another 5 years from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country cooperative agreement. CRIHB will be accepting application for the first year of this funding.

The long-term goal of the ACORNS program is to reduce rates of death and disability from commercial tobacco use, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and reduce the prevalence of obesity and other chronic disease risk factors in California Tribal communities.

ACORNS will provide funding annually, subject to available funds, to eligible applicants as they implement and evaluate approved project strategies and approaches that support the ACORNS project outcomes.

Year 1 Focus: Assessing needs and assets, building staff and organizational capacity, engaging stakeholders (i.e. staff, community, leadership, etc.), developing partnerships, and planning for strategy implementation.

  • All applicants must propose to complete all activities outlined in the Project Requirements for the Tier they are applying for.
  • All funded applicants will complete a Tribal Readiness Assessment and administer Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patients’ Assets, Risks, and Experiences (PRAPARE) Tool in order to identify patient and organizational needs.

Years 2-5 Focus: Implementing and evaluating strategies which address needs identified in Year 1, building staff and organizational capacity, developing partnerships, creating culturally-adapted health messages and communication strategies.

Requests for Proposals (RFP) were released on November 4, 2019, and applications are due on December 6, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. (PST).


This RFP has three separate, competitive tiers with eligibility and scope of work requirements for each. Applicants may only apply for one tier and must reapply annually for continued funding.All applicants must have sufficient capacity and resources to complete the planned project activities within the project timeframe.

Additionally, applicants for

Tier 1 must:

  • Be a CRIHB member Tribal Health Program that represents two or more federally recognized Tribes;

Tier 2 must:

  • Be a CRIHB member Tribal Health Program that represents at least one federally recognized Tribe;

Tier 3 must:

  • Be a CRIHB member Tribe.

Technical Assistance:

Additional application training and technical assistance is available and can be requested by completing the Technical Assistance Request Form and submitting it to Julie Villa ( You can also subscribe to CRIHB’s Public Health YouTube channel and watch application assistance videos.

For more information, please contact:

Julie Villa
Health Education Specialist
916-929-9761, ext. 1512

Efraim Lopez
Health Education Specialist
916-929-9761, ext. 1514

Farheen Faruk
Program Evaluator
916-929-9761, ext. 1546