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Wellmark Foundation grant funds awarded to 19 organizations

Grant recipients will encourage healthier lifestyles in their communities

May 8, 2014

Today, the Wellmark Foundation announced 19 recipients of its 2014 Healthy Communities small grant program. The Healthy Communities small grant program supports projects of $25,000 or less with the goal of being a catalyst in bringing groups together within a community to impact health improvement.


“We are pleased to support these 19 community-focused projects in Iowa and South Dakota,” said Stephanie Perry, The Wellmark Foundation. “These grants provide communities support to help implement or enhance childhood obesity prevention initiatives and/or community-based wellness and prevention programs.”


A total of 112 applications were received for this year’s Healthy Communities small grant program. The 15 selected to receive funding in Iowa include:

  • Buchanan County Conservation Board, $10,313
    Project: Cedar Valley Nature Trail Surfacing Project Partnership

  • Buchanan County Health Trust, $9,885
    Project: Igniting the SPARK

  • Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, $24,951
    Project: Staywell: Cultivate Healthy Communities

  • City of Atlantic, $25,000
    Project: Bull Creek Trail Reconstruction Project

  • City of Manning, $25,000
    Project: City Park Connector Trail

  • City of Mason City - Youth Task Force, $25,000
    Project: Outdoor Fitness Stations

  • Clinton County Board of Health (Healthy Lifestyles Coalition), $20,652
    Project: A Healthy Behaviors Educational and Motivation Program

  • Community Health Partners of Sioux County, $21,400
    Project: Let’s Go Sioux County

  • Dallas County Public Health, $19,190
    Project: Perry Elementary Walking School Bus Program

  • Goodwill of the Great Plains, $17,976
    Project: YouthBuild Skills & Grills

  • Mills County Public Health, $25,000
    Project: Eat Healthy Mills County

  • Siouxland District Health Department, $25,000
    Project: Sioux City Walking School Bus Infrastructure Project
  • University of Northern Iowa Foundation, $24,200
    Project: FRED: Food, Resource & Education Demonstration

  • United Way of Central Iowa, $25,000
    Project: United Way Health Connect Pilot Project

  • YMCA of the Metropolitan Cedar Rapids Area - $7,208
    Project: Enhance Fitness in the Cedar Rapids Metro Area

The four selected to receive funding in South Dakota include:

  • Black Hills State University, $24,800
    Project: Spearfish Local

  • City of Sioux Falls Health Department, $25,000
    Project: Helping Sioux Falls Residents Eat Well and Live Well

  • Dakota Rural Action, $25,000
    Project: South Dakota Farm to School Program

  • South Dakota 4-H Foundation, $24,220
    Project: Get Active. Stay Active


The Wellmark Foundation is proud to award a cumulative total of over $404,000 to these 19 grant recipients.  View a summary of each recipient’s Healthy Communities small grant. 



About The Wellmark Foundation

The Wellmark Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation created by Wellmark, Inc., doing business as Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. Please visit The Wellmark Foundation's Web site to learn more about our grant program, as well as a list of previous grant recipients. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and The Wellmark Foundation are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.











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