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    Neighborhood Health Connection Grants support communities in building social connections among the same group of adults through healthy eating and physical activities.

    The following information is designed to help answer questions about Neighborhood Health Connection Grants. If you have a question not addressed below, email neighborhoodhealthco@allina.com.

    General questions about Neighborhood Health Connection Grants

    What are Neighborhood Health Connection Grants?

    Neighborhood Health Connection Grants fund projects for the same group of adults to increase social connections through healthy eating and physical activity in their local communities. Projects must occur between March 1 and Dec. 31, 2017, and include a series of at least six events, all for the same group of adults.   

    Who can apply for a Neighborhood Health Connection Grant?

    Grants are available for nonprofit organizations and local government entities in areas served by Allina Health. Participant groups can be defined geographically or socially and must be made up of adults from populations more likely to experience health inequities (poorer health outcomes). The 2017 Neighborhood Health Connection Grant application closes on Wednesday, Feb. 1.  

    How much money do the grants provide?

    Grants are available for up to $10,000. In 2016, the grants ranged from $750 to $10,000 and the average grant size was approximately $4,000.

    How are funding decisions made?

    Each Allina Health region decides how funds will be distributed in its area based on the following:

    • Provides good opportunities for participants to build or strengthen lasting social connections with one another and good opportunities for participants to increase healthy behavior
    • Meets a health-related need in the community
    • Priority given to people from populations more likely to experience health inequities (e.g. racial/ethnic groups, Native Americans, refugees/immigrants, people in poverty, GLBTQ, veterans, people with disabilities)
    • Offers a realistic implementation plan 

    What is the 2017 grant timeframe?

    • Monday, Jan. 2: Neighborhood Health Connection Grant applications open.
    • Wednesday, Feb. 1: Applications close at 5 p.m.
      • All applications must be submitted by Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. to be considered.
    • Friday, Feb. 17: Applicants are notified whether or not they received a grant.
    • March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017: Neighborhood Health Connection activities occur.
      • We expect that some of this time will be spent on additional planning for the activity.
      • All activities must begin by Sept. 1.
      • Activities must not extend after Dec. 31.

      What is expected of Neighborhood Health Connection grantees?

      If you are offered a grant you will need to fill out a confirmation form before you can receive your grant funds. This form also describes the evaluation responsibilities of grantees. All Neighborhood Health Connection grantees are required to participate in the evaluation. If you receive a grant, your evaluation responsibilities will include:

      • Providing contact information (either email or mail addresses) for all activity participants
      • Completing a brief survey at the end of your activity and after six months
      • Collecting surveys from participants about their experience in your activity
      • If needed, helping Allina Health staff collect surveys from participants six months after your activity ends