MINNEAPOLIS; RIVER FALLS, Wis.
February 1, 2016 is the deadline to apply for a 2016 Allina Health Neighborhood Health Connection Grant.
Online applications are being accepted from Monday, January 4 through 5 p.m. on February 1 at neighborhoodhealthconnection.org. Grantees will be notified of decisions via email on February 19.
Allina Health will award grants to community nonprofits and local government organizations in Minnesota and western Wisconsin who submit ideas for bringing people together to do healthy activities.
The purpose of a Neighborhood Health Connection Grant is to support ongoing activities that promote social connections through healthy eating or physical activity among groups of adults, older adults and families in local communities.
Visit neighborhoodhealthconnection.org for lists of recipients from previous years.
Western Wisconsin grant recipients
Western Wisconsin grant award recipients in 2015 included Greater Twin Cities YMCA (Senior fitness programming in River Falls); Hillcrest Elementary, Ellsworth (Walking/running/strength training program for school employees); Journey House Campus Ministry, River Falls (Bowling, walking and nutrition program for students); Westside Elementary, River Falls (Freezer meal program for Westside parents); River Falls Community Education (Early morning walking program); Ellsworth Senior Center (Senior fitness programs); River Falls Community Education (Preschool gym program); Have-a-Heart, River Falls (Raised garden bed program).
Over the past two years, 18 groups and organizations in western Wisconsin have received almost $50,000 in grants under the Neighborhood Health Connection Grant program.
One of the 2015 recipients, the River Falls Community Education Early Morning Walking program, was able to expand its offerings as a result of the $1,800 grant it received last summer. Walking shoes and healthy breakfasts were available to participants thanks to the grant.
"Part of our mission is preventing illness and so we are out in community working with partners to help people get healthy and stay healthy," said Heather Logelin, director of foundation and community engagement at River Falls Area Hospital. "By offering support and funds for healthy activities, we can make a difference in the health of our communities."