For more than twenty years, the Wellmark Foundation has been committed to the health and well-being of residents of Iowa and South Dakota. According to the foundation, one of the greatest health challenges facing the residents of the two states is chronic disease. A common driver of chronic disease is obesity, and one of the keys to addressing obesity is healthy nutrition and physical activity.
To advance this mission, the foundation is accepting applications for its Matching Assets to Community Health program. Through the program, grants of up to $100,000 over up to two years will be awarded in support of initiatives that positively impact health by increasing access to, and the consumption of, nutritious foods, as well as those that create safe and healthy environments in which South Dakotans and Iowans can be active.
All grant awards require a dollar-for-dollar match with cash or in-kind contributions.
Potential projects include edible orchards; community gardens and greenhouses; food preparation methods; farm/field/garden-to-table projects; policies or councils working to create access to healthy foods and nutrition education; public playground structures and spaces; outdoor recreation and sports fields/courts; public swimming pools, splash parks, and aquatic centers; trail development (including links, spurs, and connectors); accessible and safe walking paths or routes; share-the-road plans and infrastructure; and bike-share program infrastructure.
Eligible applicants must be classified as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a governmental entity in the states of Iowa or South Dakota.
See the Wellmark Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.