Cultivating Healthy Communities grant available

The Aetna Foundation is pleased to announce its 2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities grant program. The foundation recognizes that individual health is rooted in the community: in the places where we live, learn, work, play, and pray. By increasing the opportunities to make healthy choices in these places, the foundation can empower whole communities to lead healthier lives. 

PLEASE NOTE: All Stage 1 applications must be received by April 15th 2016 at 3PM ET.

This year, programming expands beyond its past focus on physical activity, urban farms, and local food. The foundation is still committed to these areas, and they’ll be considered under this RFP. But this year’s program aims to have broader impact and reach more spaces in the community. That’s why the foundation is now focusing on the following five domains:

– Healthy Behaviors: Indicators: Increased access to, and consumption of, fruits and vegetables; increased (at home) healthy meal preparation; increased practice of stress reduction and self-care activities such as meditation, yoga, and mindfulness; increased physical activity (physical fitness)

– Community Safety: Indicators: Reduced incidences of bullying or cyberbullying in schools

– Built Environment: Indicators: Increased access to healthy foods through urban food systems and/or food sustainability; improved walkability, bikeability, and/or green space in your community

– Social/Economic Factors: Indicators: Creation of new jobs through urban agriculture and/or food sustainability

– Environmental Exposures: Indicators: Increase in community-based recycling programs; improved air and water quality

Through this RFP, the Aetna Foundation seeks to support communities’ efforts to become healthier places to live, work, learn, play and pray. The Cultivating Healthy Communities program will support projects that benefit underserved, low-income, and minority communities. The foundation is interested in projects that address the social determinants of health and participants’ physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being. As the health of a community depends on multiple factors, the foundation seeks grantees committed to improving results in up to two of the five domains. Applicants also must use one or more of the indicators within the domain(s) of their choice to measure their program’s impact.

The foundation will consider proposals for both pilot projects and existing programs.

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