Grants Offered for Community Wellness Projects

The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports is seeking proposals to provide funding for the development of new community wellness initiatives, improvement of existing community wellness programs, or collaboration between worksites and community wellness initiatives across the state of Vermont.  The purpose of the Community Wellness grant is to offer funding assistance with the development of a new wellness program, improve an existing wellness program, or pursue new wellness initiatives that will have an impact on the health and well-being of community members within the state of VT.

The grant is guided by the principles of Exercise is Medicine (EIM), a global health initiative led by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). EIM is committed to the belief that physical activity plays an integral role in the prevention, treatment and management of chronic diseases and should therefore be considered and promoted as a vital sign of health. EIM not only strives to integrate physical activity into healthcare but also seeks to link patients to community resources with the ultimate goal of implementing interventions that will slow, stop, and reverse the progression of chronic diseases.  By encouraging and supporting healthy physical activity habits, community groups have potential to positively impact the health of their communities.

Eligible Applicants include:

  • Community groups including recreation departments, faith-based groups, non-profit organizations, schools, community-based health centers
  • Worksites with a community link (primary worksite should be within the state of Vermont)

A total of $6,000 is available for this award period. The total number of grants and amounts awarded will be based upon the number received and reviewer evaluations.   The anticipated grant period will be 1/1/17 through 12/31/17, with no option to renew.

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For more information, contact Janet Franz, Chairperson, Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports,  vermontfitness@vermont.gov

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