For more than twenty-five 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. Social determinants of health include access to healthy food options as well as surroundings designed for physical engagement.
To advance this mission, the foundation welcomes applications for its Matching Assets to Community Health grants program. Through the program, grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of sustainable initiatives that positively impact health by increasing access to, and consumption of, nutritious foods, as well as those that create safe and healthy environments in which residents of Iowa and South Dakota can be active.
Potential projects include 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 sport courts or fields; public swimming pools, splash parks, and aquatic centers; trail development (including links, spurs, and connectors); accessible and safe walking paths or routes; hydration stations; safe Routes to School plans and infrastructure; accessible and safe walking paths or routes; share-the-road plans and infrastructure, including safe crossing signs and lights; way-finding signage, trail markers, and kiosks and bike-share program infrastructure.
To be 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.
All grant awards require a match of 50 percent in cash or in-kind contributions.
See the Wellmark Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.