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**Applications due May 31, 2016**

The Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) is soliciting applications for projects to implementEnvPol-pic and evaluate one or more environmental and policy strategies in the online Physical Activity Implementation Guide for adults with osteoarthritis in at least one of six sectors defined in the guide.

Table of Contents

  1. Purpose
  2. Background
  3. Key Dates
  4. Complete Application Guidelines
  5. Support for 2016 Small Grants Program
  6. FAQ


The purpose of this program is to engage community organizations and to advance the objectives of the 2011  report through its accompanying online Physical Activity Implementation Guide.

Successful applicants will implement one or more strategies outlined in the Physical Activity Implementation Guide.


Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis, is a leading cause of disability and is an under-recognized public health crisis. Currently, more than 27 million adults of all ages, races and ethnicities have OA.

Physical activity is an important strategy for reducing the burden of OA. Physical activity is effective and safe, yet most adults with OA do not engage at recommended levels. Many do not understand or believe that an active life is within their reach.

To address this issue, the OAAA, Arthritis Foundation (AF), and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Arthritis Program began an initiative in response to recommendations contained in A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis (2010). The OA Agenda identifies physical activity as one of 4 recommended interventions for OA and encourages expanded delivery of evidence-based interventions in communities and workplace environments and among individuals with OA nationwide. The subsequent 2011 report, Environmental and Policy Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Adults With Arthritis, focuses on the benefits of physical activity and ways to make physical activity more convenient and accessible to people with arthritis.

Key Dates:

RFA Release date:  April 1, 2016

Applications due:  May 31, 2016

Awards Announcement: July 15, 2016

Project Start date: September 1, 2016

Award Amount:

$5,000 for project duration up to 1 year

Complete Application Guidelines:

Download the application guidelines: MS Word version

Download the application guidelines: PDF version

Support for 2016 Small Grants Program:

The OA Action Alliance appreciates the following member organizations for making the 2016 Small Grants Program possible through their generous contributions:






1. Can organizations outside the US apply for this grant?

Organizations that are not based in the United States may apply as long as the primary service area for work performed under the grant is located in the United States.

2. Are indirect costs allowable?

We will award direct costs only. Indirect costs are not allowed.

3. How many grants will be awarded?

We will fund 4 grants of $5,000 each.

4. How will funds be distributed to awardees?

Awardees will receive one lump sum of $5,000 at the beginning of the project. OAAA staff will work with each awardee directly to facilitate funds transfer. 

5. Will OAAA funds support an effectiveness research study?

No. OAAA funds will not support effectiveness research (i.e., a clinical trial). Proposed projects should measure implementation outcomes(i.e., what worked and didn’t work, was the program appropriate for the population you targeted, will the program be sustained after the grant funding period is over, how feasible was it for your organization to run/manage the program and for users to take part, etc.)

6. Will the OAAA funds support the development and testing of a new physical activity program?

No. OAAA funds will not support development of new physical activity programs. Please use evidence-based approaches in your proposal.

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