The Wellmark Foundation is now accepting applications for its Small Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) Grant. Applications are due May 26. The Small MATCH Grant is for up to $25,000 and must be matched at 50 percent with cash or in-kind contributions. At least one-half of the matching support must be in cash.
"The Wellmark Foundation is focusing its efforts on initiatives that will have a positive, long-term impact on the overall health of Iowans and South Dakotans," said Mary Lawyer, executive director for The Wellmark Foundation. "The Small MATCH Grant provides funding for projects that make it easy to eat healthy and engage in daily physical activity."
Examples of sustainable grants – projects that continue after The Wellmark Foundation grant funding ends – include:
- Edible orchards and landscaping
- Community gardens and greenhouses
- Farm, field or garden-to-table projects
- Public playground structures and spaces
- Trails, including links, spurs and connectors
- Safe Routes to School plans and infrastructure
- Share-the-road plans and infrastructure, including safe crossing signs and lights
Successful applicants will be announced in August. The prospective grantee will have 12 weeks to demonstrate the match has been secured. Funding will be awarded in November and grantees will have until December 2022 to complete their projects.