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Funding Opportunities for all HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign Members

For the first time ever, cities and towns across Maryland and Virginia have an opportunity to obtain new resources to increase local options for healthy eating and active living from the HEAL Cities, Towns, and Counties Campaign! The Small Grant program is the newest offering of the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic, which encourages cities and towns to adopt policies that will, over time, expand the options for residents, visitors, and employees to eat healthier food and/or be more physically active.

Grants are available to assist local governments in Maryland and Virginia to implement policies that promote opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity. All cities that join the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign by June 25, 2015 are eligible to apply.  


Up to six cities and towns will receive implementation "kickoff" grants of up to $500 and up to six cities and towns will receive implementation grants between $5,000 and $9,000. Funding for this program has been made through the continued support and generosity of Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States.

The grant application will be available on our website by  May 4, 2015. Here are important dates to be aware of:
  • May 4: Application released
  • June 25: Applications due; Deadline to become a HEAL City/Town in order to be eligible for this year's funding
  • August 3: Awards announced
  • February 12, 2016: Grantee Reports Due

If you are not yet a HEAL City or Town, join the Campaign today or contact Marisa Jones.

HEAL Leaders Club - Are you In?

For the first time ever, the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic has created a formal system to recognize and motivate local governments' continued achievement from the passing of a HEAL Resolution through the implementation of HEAL policies. With each HEAL policy adopted and implemented, a community moves from basic membership to platinum status.


This spring, renew your commitment to the HEAL Campaign by participating in the HEAL Leaders Club by adopting and implementing new HEAL policies. Each level of recognition has its own set of activities with corresponding templates to guide you through the process, and as always, HEAL Staff are available for assistance. Visit the website to read more about the HEAL Leaders Club


The cutoff for recognition will be May 15 for Maryland campaign members and August 15 for Virginia campaign members and formal recognition will coincide with the annual municipal league conference. Any step not documented and submitted to HEAL staff by these dates will be recognized in the following year.



FIRST County to Join the Campaign!
Congratulations to Greensville County, VA!
With the passing of a HEAL Resolution by the County Board of Supervisors on April 6, Greensville is now the first county in the HEAL Cities, Towns, & Counties Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic.

Greensville County, through which Interstate 95 runs, borders North Carolina on the southern boundary of the Commonwealth and encompasses the City of Emporia, another new HEAL Campaign member. In recognition of the serious threat obesity poses to the nearly 12,000 children, adults, and families living in the county, the HEAL Resolution will identify health goals and policies related to access to healthy food. The HEAL Campaign Staff will work with the county's Community Health Advocacy Team to implement the Resolution.
Upcoming Learning Opportunities
LiveWell Colorado, the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign for the State of Colorado, is hosting a webinar on April 16 from 1:00 - 2:00 EST called " Sustaining a Culture of Health through Workplace Policy, Partnerships, and Participation." Registration is now open.

America Walks is hosting a webinar series on various topics aimed at "Taking Action at the Local Level" in April and May 2015, targeting advocates and professionals working to build community and institutional support for walkable design. Registration is now open
for the following three webinars:
  • April 13 - "The Fine Art of Messaging"
  • April 23 - "Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper - and Healthier"
  • May 22 - "The Mayor's Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets"

For additional support, please visit our website, or email me at mjones@institutephi.org. 



Marisa Jones
HEAL Cities, Towns & Counties