The Building Healthy Communities Hub Committee released its application for community members interested in mini-grants ranging from $250 to $1,000.
BHC Southwest Merced/East Merced County said a mini-grant is intended to pay for projects that will help BHC's central mission: to build a healthy community in which youngsters and families are healthy, safe and ready to learn.
The mini-grant will directly pay for projects in the four communities identified within the BHC area — Planada, Le Grand, South Merced, Franklin/Beachwood areas of Merced County — or that involve community members from the four identified areas that make up the BHC site. Mini-grants should improve youth leadership, community involvement and behaviors related to developing healthy and safe communities. Examples of potential projects include educational trips, cultural arts, music or video projects, etc., that focus on the three prioritized outcomes for BHC Southwest Merced/East Merced County:
--Children and their families are safe from violence in their homes and neighborhoods --Communities support healthy youth development--Community Health improvements are linked to economic development
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Funding amounts can vary from $250 to $1,000, depending on the project and funding available. The total funding available annually is $12,500.Mini-grant application workshops will be available at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at United Way of Merced County, Senior Annex Building, 658 West Main Street in Merced; and Thursday, Sept. 22, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at 9167 East Stanford, Planada.
Completed applications are due on Oct. 21 for the first cycle of funds and March 23, 2012, for the second cycle of funds. Applications must be received or postmarked by 5 p.m. at the United Way office.
Funded projects will be announced on Dec. 14 for the first disbursement, and May 9, 2012, for the second disbursement.
To receive a mini-grant application, please call See Lee at (209) 580-6413 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Building Healthy Communities is a 10-year, $1 billion plan of The California Endowment. In connection with staff-led, statewide policy initiatives, 14 communities, including Southwest Merced/East Merced County, are taking action to make where they live healthier. The endowment also funds a health care reporter for the Sun-Star.