Finding Funding for Injury and Violence Prevention

Finding Funding for Injury and Violence Prevention

“How can we stretch out limited dollars to maximize our impact?”

“Our injury prevention funding is never secure. It varies every year, depending on the federal budget and state priorities.”

Sound familiar? There is a critical lack of funding for core public health functions to support both statewide and community-based injury and violence prevention programs.

Here are some tips for finding funding

  • Understand your needs
  • Be timely
  • Find a champion
  • Have a good plan
  • Use data to illustrate risks and benefits
  • Integrate
  • Partner
  • Become a “cause”
  • Have persistence
  • Demonstrate that  you are worthy of funding
  • Stay connected

Following are some examples for places and ideas to find funding:

Federal agency funding can come from the Health Resources and Services Administration/Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, CDC's Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, and CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health. State public health resources can come from line items in state budgets, funded legislative mandates, and regulations that require others to use their resources.

Corporate sponsorships can come from companies or branches of the company that are located in your state, insurance companies, cause-related marketing and in-kind donations. Foundation funding can come from national foundations and/or state and local foundations that only fund programs in their own state or jurisdiction.

Unique resources can be found in partnering at the state level with agencies such as State Highway Traffic Safety Departments, State Departments of Education, and State Mental Health Services. Another avenue that has been successful for some includes establishing fees, fines and funds. For example, ticket proceeds for having a child unrestrained, or fines for leaving a child unattended in a car can be applied to safety programs. Some states have specialized vanity license plates that can provide thousands of dollars for programs. For state-specific examples, download the CSN fact sheet, “Finding Funding for Injury and Violence Prevention”.

For information on foundations providing resources to local health agencies for injury and violence prevention, check out NACCHO’s website for the Foundation Funding Guide:



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