Grant application

The 2019 Neighborhood Health Connection Grant application period closed on Feb. 14, 2019. 

Neighborhood Health Connection Grants must create social connections for groups of adults, through healthy eating and/or physical activity. Projects must offer a minimum of six healthy activities for the same group of adults who can be defined geographically or socially. For example, a group could include residents on a neighborhood block or members of a faith community.

All grant-funded activities must take place April 1 to Dec. 31, 2019.


  • Must include a series of at least 6 events, all for the same group of participants.
  • Must benefit adults, ages 18 years or older.
  • May support newly formed groups or help strengthen existing ones.
  • May add a social connection element to existing groups that focus on healthy eating or physical activity (and vice versa).
  • For healthy eating, activity must include programming beyond providing healthy foods or snacks.
  • Priority given to groups made up of people from populations that are more likely to experience health inequities (poor health outcomes). For example, racial/ethnic groups, refugees/immigrants, Native Americans, people in poverty, GLBTQ, veterans or people with disabilities. 

Other application eligibility criteria

  • Grants are only available to community nonprofits and local government. Individuals and for-profit businesses are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants and participants must both be located in a community served by Allina Health.
  • Allina Health will not consider requests that are for the sole benefit of an individual, religious organizations with strictly religious activities, a political organization, or organizations or programs in potential conflict with the mission, vision and values of Allina Health.
  • Past grantees are eligible to apply.
  • Grants are not available for general operating expenses (day-to-day expenses that are not associated with the Neighborhood Health Connection activity such as building repairs).
  • Examples of eligible expenses for funding include staff time for planning and facilitation, child care, transportation, and materials.