Clackamas County Public Health Division is seeking applications for community-based projects that increase access to healthy foods and physical activity. This program will provide grantees with one-time funding to initiate community projects for the continuation of the County’s Roadmap to Healthy Communities project.
Grants of up to $8,000 are available to develop or enhance projects that build wellness supports for all ages, and to help prevent chronic disease by increasing long-term access to active lifestyle and healthy eating for county residents where they work, live and play. Projects must take place in, and benefit the residents of, Clackamas County. All grant applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2012.
A few of the 15 projects funded in 2012 include:
- Friends of Robinwood Station in West Linn received $7,660.00 to help fund the construction of raised community garden beds, a water catchment system, and instructional classes. Community members will grow fresh produce in the garden and have classes on gardening, food preservation, cooking, and seed sharing. Emphasis will be placed on senior and youth outdoor activities. Extra food that is harvested will be made available to the West Linn Food Pantry.
- Colton School District in Colton received $8,000 to help fund the construction of a 1 mile walking trail that is suitable for all community members from young children to senior citizens. Completion of this path will make it easier for teachers to engage in outdoor learning with students, especially in the areas of physical education and science. Teachers will be able to incorporate longer distance jogging and walking activities into elementary school physical education curricula.
- Child Care Resource and Referral of Clackamas County received $8,000 for their Steps to Health: Fun, Food and Fitness in Child Care classes for childcare providers. Classes will cover brain development and why movement and nutrition matter, strategies to build healthy nutrition preferences in children, and how providers can facilitate developmentally appropriate movement in their childcare settings.
For more information on the Roadmap to Healthy Communities and how you can apply for funding for your own project, visit www.clackamas.us/publichealth/heal.html
For more information, contact Kirsten Ingersoll, Community Engagement Coordinator for Clackamas County Health, Housing, and Human Services, Public Health Division (503)742-5954 or at firstname.lastname@example.org