HEAL Grants available to promote community health

From: Todd Loggan, Clackamas County Public & Government Affairs, 503-742-4562

Media and Interested Parties

Grant funding totaling $50,000 is now available for 2017 Healthy Eating Active Living projects to promote a healthier Clackamas County.

Grants of up to $8,000 are available to develop or enhance projects that:

  • build wellness supports for all ages
  • help prevent chronic disease by increasing long-term access to active lifestyles
  • promote healthy eating for county residents 

Projects must take place in, and benefit the residents of, Clackamas County. All grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that chronic diseases — such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes — are among the most prevalent, costly and preventable of all health problems. The goal of the HEAL grant effort is to empower residents to take steps toward improvement of their health.

A few of the 14 projects funded in 2016 include:

  • Alliance Charter Academy: Will create a multi-use community garden and outdoor education space in Oregon City. $8,000
  • Vibrant Futures Coalition: Addressed youth wellness by making presentations on mindfulness and will create stress reduction zones in schools in North Clackamas. $2,676
  • YMCA of Columbia Willamette: Created an innovative pilot project to design and implement the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program (YDPP) within the county. They will build service infrastructure through partnerships to provide diabetes prevention to county residents. $8,000

Visit the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL Grants) webpage for more information or to apply.

For more information, members of the media or public may contact Community Engagement Coordinator Kirsten Ingersoll at 503-742-5954.