April 26, 2018
Des Moines, IA — The Wellmark Foundation is now accepting applications for its small Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grants. Applications are due by midnight on June 8. The small MATCH grants are for up to $25,000 and must be matched at 50 percent. These grants support promising projects that can help individuals, families and communities achieve better health.
"The Wellmark Foundation’s goal is to be a catalyst in bringing groups together to positively impact health within in a community," said Becky Wampler, executive director for The Wellmark Foundation. "This can be done by creating safe and healthy environments that encourage physical activity and access to and consumption of nutritious foods now, and for generations to come."
Examples of sustainable grants — projects that continue after The Wellmark Foundation grant funding ends — include:
- Improving access to locally sourced foods — establishing or improving infrastructure of farmers' markets and establishing or improving community gardens
- Supporting connections between local food systems and health — advancing the efforts of local, multi-county or statewide food policy councils
- Improving nutrition in school settings — farm-to-school programs, healthy vending and lunchroom redesign to encourage consumption of healthy foods
- Advancing active transportation concepts — Safe Routes to School projects, walking school busses, community walking audits and adding bicycle parking
- Promoting trail development — regional trail-planning efforts, promoting pedestrian, bicycle, or trail master plans and actual trail construction
- Providing safe, accessible venues for physical activity in a community
Applications for the small MATCH grants must be submitted by midnight on June 8. View previous Wellmark Foundation MATCH grant recipients.