Announcement: New Grants Available for 2019 Community Wellness Projects

The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports seeks proposals to provide funding for the development of new community wellness initiatives or improvement of existing community wellness initiatives in Vermont.  The Community Wellness grant supports projects that will positively influence the health and well-being of community members within Vermont by encouraging and supporting healthy physical activity habits. Click here for a copy of the grant application.

The grant is guided by the principles of Exercise is Medicine (EIM), a global health initiative led by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). EIM is committed to the belief that physical activity plays an integral role in the prevention, treatment, and management of chronic diseases and should, therefore, be considered and promoted as a vital sign of health. EIM strives to integrate physical activity into healthcare and link patients to community resources with the ultimate goal of implementing interventions that will slow, stop, and reverse the progression of chronic diseases.

Eligible Applicants include community-based health centers, recreation departments, faith-based groups, non-profit organizations, schools and worksites with a community link. Past recipients used grant funds to support chair-based exercise classes for people with mobility challenges, trauma-informed yoga classes, subsidized registration fees for youth recreation activities, balance bikes and instructors for a learn-to-bike program and health coaching for people at risk for chronic disease.

A total of $20,000 is available for this award period, January 1-December 31, 2019. The grant is a one-time award that can pay for materials and personnel expenses related to the establishment or improvement of a wellness program with measurable health objectives and outcomes. The grant will not fund one-time events (i.e. blood pressure screening day) or equipment only requests (i.e. standing desks). Although several aspects of wellness (i.e. mental health, social well-being) will be considered for this funding mechanism, special consideration will be given to those including physical activity as a primary component.

The total number of grants and amounts awarded will be based upon the number received and reviewer evaluations.  Each community group, or collaborating worksite and community group selected will have different goals for their wellness program, but they must have measurable outcomes with clear strategies for assessing and sustaining these outcomes. The Grant Request for Proposals provides guidance on defining outcomes and strategies.

Proposals must be submitted by Friday, September 7, 2018. A team of reviewers will determine if each proposal is sufficiently responsive to the RFP to permit a complete evaluation of the Proposal. Applicants will receive notification of grant status in October and funds will be issued in December.

The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports promotes health and wellness through physical activity for people of all fitness and ability levels. The council raises funds through the annual Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race and the Vermont Worksite Wellness Conference.

For more information, contact Janet Franz, Chair of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, at janet.franz@partner.vermont.gov or (802) 238-8182. Click on the link to download a copy of the Governor’s Council Community Wellness Grants RFP

 

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