The Wellmark Foundation is now accepting applications for its second and smaller Matching Assets to Community Health grant program this year. The small MATCH grant is designed to support projects that build on the assets unique to a community and address the local health needs in Iowa and South Dakota. The term “matching grant” means an organization is required to raise some money to match the grant amount.


“We support promising policies and sustainable projects that can help individuals, families and communities achieve better health through safe and healthy environments that encourage physical activity and consumption of nutritious foods now, and for generations to come,” said Becky Wampler, executive director for The Wellmark Foundation. “Simply put, when our grant funding ends, we want to see the project continue to live on in the community.”


Request for proposals are being accepted for the Small MATCH grant. This grant is for up to $25,000 and must be matched at 50 percent.


Examples of sustainable projects 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 efforts of food policy councils


· Improving nutrition in school settings — farm-to-school programs, healthy vending options and lunchroom redesign to encourage consumption of healthy foods


· Advancing active transportation concepts — Safe Routes to School projects, walking school buses and adding bicycle parking


· Providing safe, accessible venues for physical activity in a community


The Small MATCH grant request for proposal is available online. Applications are due by midnight on June 16.


For more information and to view previous Wellmark Foundation MATCH grant recipients, visit Wellmark.com/Foundation.