Rockland Alliance for Health Offering Mini-Grants for 2015
On any given summer day at the George Strayton Center, also known as Venture Quest on Main Street in Sparkill, developmentally disabled adults have the opportunity to step outside this Camp Venture Day Home. Camp Venture calls it their “Without Walls” Program, where 40-43 intrepid adventurers meet. On their travels they can pick a tomato, some green beans, peppers, lettuce, basil, garlic and onions and go inside and make themselves a healthy lunch.
The Camp Venture community garden, which was built around 2008, is a recipient of a 2012 grant, through The Rockland Alliance for Health (RAH), who chose to assist in sustaining the work and funding needed to maintain a garden of this nature. Rockland Alliance for Health (RAH), a grassroots organization, was started with the sole mission to be a leader in prevention and promotion of public health interventions that result in sustainable changes in policy, practice and the environment. Spearheaded by passionate professionals with backgrounds in public health, non-profit leaders and educators, all with strong ties to the community, Rockland Alliance for Health offers various awards to community and faith-based organizations, worksites and school.
“It’s amazing to see,” said Cathy Hanlon, Assistant Site Director at the George Strayton Center, “our adults help with the planting, dirt hauling and certainly the eating! Many are drawn to the work. We have added a hoop house and expect to have about eight beds of vegetables this year.”
Rockland Alliance for Health raises money through RAH Event fundraisers, and grants to assist in extending their reach to Rockland County.
Applications for The Rockland Alliance for Health Mini-Grants are available now. They will be received on a rolling basis untilMarch 15, 2015 by 5PM or when all funds have been committed, whichever comes first.
ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED WITHIN 30 DAYS OF APPLICATION SUBMISSION DATE
OVERVIEW AND PURPOSE OF MINI-AWARDS:
Rockland Alliance for Health (RAH) will provide funding, technical assistance, and evaluation support to not-for-profit organizations and/or schools, that support healthier living and directly impact the conditions of overweight, obesity and diabetes. RAH will fund only one application per organization. Please note: if an organization, for example, a school district wants to apply on behalf of individual school buildings, applications will be accepted for each building as a separate entity.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDABLE, SUSTAINABLE PROJECTS:
Must be able to demonstrate how this will be accomplished and maintained after the funding:
1) Creating spaces/opportunities that are safe and accessible for residents to engage in physical activity.
For example, installing fitness stations along existing paths, improvements to a stairwell using signage to encourage the use of stairs instead of the elevator, the creation of an exercise space and the purchase of exercise supplies, creation of a walking path, building skateboard parks, developing trails, installing bicycle racks, improving curbs and ramps for wheel chairs, designating bicycle lanes or cross walks, developing recreational facilities, implementing a system of trails, providing recreational access for the disabled, enhancement of playground facilities, beautification and physical activity encouragement such as placing permanent signage around property supporting physical activity, making landscape attractive and safe for engaging in physical activity, etc.
2) Creating environments that support and encourage good nutrition
For example, space and equipment to start an on-site farm stand/market, offering a salad bar in the cafeteria, provide healthy vending/ vending machines at worksites/public venues, creating community/worksite gardens, designating breastfeeding spaces, etc.
Approximately $5,000 is available to support projects that make permanent environmental, systems, or policy changes that impact the problem of obesity and diabetes. We anticipate funding several projects with awards up to a maximum of $3,000 per project. RAH will fund only one application per organization. Please note: if an organization, for example, a school district wants to apply on behalf of individual school buildings, applications will be accepted for each building as a separate entity.
February 15, 2015 – October 15, 2015. Mini-awards will be granted pending the availability of funds.
ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE:
Rockland Alliance for Health, LTD.
339 N. Main Street, Suite 3A
New City, NY 10956