ROCKPORT — The Penobscot Bay YMCA of Union Street announced a request for applications for minigrants on behalf of Action Communities for Health, Innovation and EnVironmental ChangE, or ACHIEVE. ACHIEVE is one of Y-USA’s three Healthier Communities Initiatives, which also includes Pioneering Healthier Communities and statewide PHC. All three community-based initiatives empower local stakeholders to implement policy changes that improve physical activity and nutrition and reduce tobacco use.
Troy Curtis, executive director of the Pen Bay Y, said, “The purpose of the ACHIEVE minigrant opportunity is to support organizations and businesses located within, or serving Rockland, in making health and wellness policy changes that provide easy access to healthy, active lifestyles throughout the community in our homes, at our schools, in our workplaces and at our parks, trails, paths and streets.”
Up to $3,000 to fund efforts to make health and wellness policy change will be offered to a minimum of five successful applicants. In order to be eligible, applicants must propose a plan that will create policy, systems or environmental-level changes that will increase access to health and wellness opportunities in its organization or business. The policy change should align with the vision statement of ACHIEVE: To empower individuals and organizations to be a model community that values and embraces the healthy choice as the first choice through collaborative education, policy and initiatives.
The minigrant submission deadline is 4 p.m. Nov. 18, with award notification on Dec. 22.
A one-hour, mandatory participation information and resource session will be provided at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, and 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the Rockland Congregational Church. Grant applications will be made available at the two sessions. More information may be obtained by emailing George Mueller, minigrant coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.