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2016 MATCH Grant Recipients

MATCH grants support promising projects that help individuals, families and communities achieve better health with funding requests up to $100,000. The Wellmark Foundation offers grants to projects that either:

  1. Create a safe environment to be physically active in.
  2. Increases access to and consumption of healthy foods.

The Wellmark Foundation offers two MATCH grants: Small and Large. Get eligibility and application details for the Small and Large MATCH grants.

See the great work that has been accomplished with funding from the MATCH grant.

Armour Walking/Running Track Renovation Project

The Armour School District, in partnership with the community, is rebuilding a 400-meter running/walking track so that it is a safe and healthy place for students and residents to use in their quest to stay healthy or become healthier.

Citywide Trail Master Plan

Development of a citywide trail master plan to support mobility improvements through identification of opportunities for Complete Streets initiatives within the city and prioritization of walkable/bikeable resources planned along arterial, collector and local streets. Design work for a trailhead and marketing for regional recreational assets will also be completed as part of this project.

Wetherby Park Multi-Use Recreational Court

The project involves the installation of a multi-use recreation court in Wetherby Park. This project will allow for expanded recreational opportunities for all Iowa City residents.

Competine Trail, Phase 2

This project will construct a 10-foot wide, paved trail from the end of the existing Competine Trail to South Fifth Street, a distance of 1.08 miles, with a 0.09-mile long spur connection to West Madison Street. This includes a safe bicycle/pedestrian crossing at IA Hwy 14/S Lincoln Street.

Manuel Brothers Park Playground

The project will replace and reconstruct an unsafe playground. The new playground will have safer play areas, dedicated space allowing for free-play among the equipment and a climbing area. A small splash pad will be constructed, consisting of a youth area and a toddler area.

Mill Pond Pedestrian Bridge and Trail Extension

The Mill Pond Pedestrian Bridge will connect Shell Rock River City Park with Old Mill Pond City Park. More than 300 feet of walking trails will connect the bridge to the parking areas in both city parks. The bridge and trails will be 10-feet wide and meet all ADA standards for accessibility.

Healthy Schools-Healthy Community DMPS Food Assessment Project

This two-year project will mobilize resources and forge partnerships with the intent to combat food insecurity among children and youth in Polk County, Iowa, through the enhancement and expansion of supplemental food assistance programming in Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS). A comprehensive assessment of supplemental food programming in DMPS to identify gaps in service, understand nutritional needs of diverse student populations and cull best practices for multi-sector collaboration to enhance programming is the focus of the assessment.

Step It Up: An Action Plan to Increase Walking and Walkability

The MPO will use a walkability action plan to address policy, programming and infrastructure barriers to active transportation around three Des Moines public schools as a replicable model; update and implement the City of Des Moine'' Complete Streets policy; and develop a regional health-in-transportation model to integrate health impacts in the decision-making process.

Spruce Creek Trail-Engineering & Site Preparation

This project includes site preparation, design and oversight in building the Spruce Creek Trail. This project is just one portion of the overall Mississippi Circuit project that connects trails from the City of Dubuque to Bellevue State Park.

Hurstville Trail

The Hurstville Trail is a 1.1 mile, ADA-accessible dedicated trail along Hurstville Road that connects the existing Maquoketa River Trail. This is one component of a regional Parks to People initiative.

Stumptown Trail

The Stumptown Trail is a mountain bike trail located in southwest Cedar Rapids near the Oak Hill Jackson, Czech Village and New Bohemia districts. This trail will give riders an easy connection to existing trails in the area.

Sixth Avenue Corridor Streetscape Phase I

The Sixth Avenue Corridor Streetscape Project will transform the built environment of Sixth Avenue in Des Moines using multiple complete streets principles encouraging healthy, active living and community wellness. The project will dramatically transform a 1.2-mile community and transportation corridor that serves as a central gateway to downtown Des Moines and runs through some of the most diverse, yet economically challenged neighborhoods in Iowa.

Cottonwood Playground Project

The Cottonwood Playground project focuses on engaging children with nature and fulfilling their need to spend more time outdoors. The project is designed to promote healthy benefits in an environment where kids of all skills and abilities can exercise their minds and bodies, utilize problem-solving skills, express creativity and start an adventure.

Des Moines Bicycle Expansion

The Des Moines bike-share network expansion includes adding 10 new stations and 98 B-cycles to the existing system. These facilities will be located throughout the downtown Des Moines area to provide service to east-west and north-south connections and transform the current program into a more viable transportation option. This expansion also includes the program's first satellite station at Drake University.