America Walks (www.americawalks.org), partners of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, Lyft, WalkBoston, and other generous sponsors, are excited to announce another round of our popular Community Change Grant program. This program will award grantees $1,500.00 in community stipends for projects related to creating healthy, active, and engaged places to live, work, and play.
Funded projects must demonstrate that they will show increased physical activity and active transportation in a specific community, work to engage people and organizations new to the efforts of walking and walkability, and demonstrate a culture of inclusive health. Projects will create healthy, active, and engaged communities that support walking as transportation, health, and recreation.
Awardees will be notified in December 2019. Funds must be used in the 2020 calendar year. Please contact Heidi Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Applications are due through submission of this form by November 8th by 5pm Eastern.
Applications typically open in the fall and grants are awarded for the full calendar year following. The number of grants awarded varies each year dependent upon funds available.
2018 Awardee: Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Health Care System (Salt Lake City, UT)
Last year the VA in Salt Lake City was awarded a grant and they are busy finishing up their great project! The goal of their project is to improve the aesthetic appearance of the stairwells in the VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System (VASLCHCS) to enhance interest and increase use. Photographic murals of local outdoor scenes (i.e., Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Virgin River, Zion National Park) as well as inspirational quotes will be placed in high traffic stairwell locations in the hospital. Motivational signs, such as “Stairwell to Wellness”, will be used to direct Veterans and staff to the stairwells and increase interest in taking the stairs. The project will make it more enjoyable for Veteransand staff to decrease sedentary behavior and increase physical activity by taking the stairs.