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Organizations can apply for grants to help create healthier communities

Feb. 7, 2014 (MINNEAPOLIS) The City of Minneapolis Health Department will provide grants to three community-based groups to fund their work to improve the health of our community. The City is accepting proposals now through March 10 from groups that will implement projects to make it easier for residents to eat healthfully, be physically active, and/or live tobacco-free. This “Community-Driven Healthy Living” effort will provide up to $30,000 in funding for each of the three groups selected.

Groups that are interested in applying are encouraged to attend an information meeting on Friday, Feb. 14 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The meeting will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, at 4100 Lyndale Ave. S. The request for proposals is available on the Health Department website at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/health/grants/index.htm

 

The Health Department will fund three organizations between April 2014 and June 2015 to fulfill three functions:

o   Implement community defined projects

o   Assist the Health Department with its existing Healthy Living Initiatives

o   Adopt or improve healthy policies and practices within their own organization to create healthier environments for employees and clients

 

To receive these grants, proposed projects should be geared toward these intended outcomes:

o   Make it easier for residents to access and eat healthy foods

o   Limit the availability of unhealthy foods or drinks

o   Make it easier to bike, walk, and/or use transit

o   Make spaces (like apartments or outdoor spaces) tobacco-free

o   Limit youth access to tobacco through convenience stores or other sources

o   Improve recreational physical activity opportunities available on a community

The Health Department released this funding in recognition that community partners are well positioned to successfully implement projects that improve healthy living opportunities for residents, and because changes are more likely to be impactful and sustained when community residents and organizations are involved in defining and implementing community-specific solutions to the health challenges they face.

Eligible applicants for the grants include 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, governmental agencies, or for-profit entities. Proposed projects must benefit Minneapolis residents with higher rates of obesity, tobacco use and related diseases such as diabetes, asthma or heart disease. Projects can be concentrated in specific populations defined by age or race/ethnicity or geographic communities with the highest rates of poverty and poor health conditions.

This “Community-Driven Healthy Living” effort is part of the City’s Healthy Living Initiative that works with community partners to create opportunities for everyone to eat healthy, be physically active, and live tobacco-free. Funding for the Community-Driven Change projects comes from the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) from the Minnesota Department of Health.

 

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Published Feb 7, 2014