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Request for Application (RFA) #22-10853

LBTQ Health Equity Initiative: LBTQ Research Among California Communities

Request for Application (RFA) Background and Information:

CDPH is implementing a new initiative to address health inequities experienced by 2.5 million Californians who identify as lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LBTQ). Funding was authorized as part of the Budget Act of 2019, SEC. 2, Item 4265-111-0001, Schedule 2, Provisions 4(a) and (b). The LBTQ Health Equity Initiative (LBTQ Initiative) will address well-documented but largely unaddressed health inequities that result from a range of challenges including deeply rooted systemic anti-LBTQ bias, lack of culturally responsive care, and an alarming lack of medical services and research tailored to lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer women as well as transgender men, non-binary, and gender non-conforming persons. Funding for the LBTQ Health Equity Initiative was appropriated by the legislature in 2019 after stakeholders presented compelling evidence of these inequities.

Four strategies will be funded through contracts: healthcare access demonstration projects (HCADPs), community education and outreach projects (CE&OPs), service provider capacity building projects (SPCBPs), and LBTQ research projects. The current RFA opportunity will fund LBTQ research projects.

The funding of RFA #22-10853 provides an opportunity for established and emerging researchers to address gaps in research regarding the needs of, experiences with, attitudes towards, and barriers to accessing and obtaining health care services of LBTQ Californians. It is the hope that the funded research will produce credible and detailed data to inform policy making at the state and community levels, operations of health care facilities and programs, and to serve as a basis for further research regarding LBTQ health access and provision. CDPH anticipates funding up to 6 program contracts, up to $150,000 per year, up to 2 years each.


Key Dates:

All deadlines are due before 5:00 p.m. PST unless otherwise indicated.



On or before 10/18/2022

​Release draft RFA for public comment

​Last day to comment on draft RFA
RFA released for application (PDF)
Budget Sheet Template posted (Excel)
​12/7/2022 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
​Pre-Application Conference (optional)
​Deadline for written question submission
​Responses to written questions posted on CDPH website
​Deadline to request changes to requirements
​Addendums to RFA posted, if necessary
​Deadline for final application submission
​Notice of Intent to Award posted at CDPH (PDF)​

Public Information Opportunities and Sessions

  • Informal comment period 
    • The draft RFA will be released on or before October 11, 2022 and CDPH will accept comments, feedback, and suggestions for modification through November 1, 2022. Stakeholders and community members may email with any thoughts or concerns regarding the draft RFA. CDPH does not guarantee that any changes or adjustments to the RFA will be made based on public comment.
  • Pre-Application Conference (Optional) 
    • An optional pre-application conference will be held December 7, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and will take place virtually on Zoom. Registration link will be provided in advance of the event. 
    • CDPH strives to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and will ensure that the pre-application conference is accessible to persons with disabilities, and ensuring this notice is available to the public in appropriate alternative formats when requested. For individuals with disabilities, CDPH will provide assistive services such as sign-language interpretation, real-time captioning, note takers, reading or writing assistance, and conversion of meeting materials into Braille, large print, audiocassette, or electronic form. To request such services, please email before 5:00 p.m. on December 1, 2022. 

Contact :

Amy Lanteigne​​

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