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Grant Funding for Healthy Lifestyles in 2016 (Part Two): Stop Smoking.  Eat Heathfully.

Tue, Jan 12, 2016 @ 09:01 AM / by Mary Ross

Continuing with our two-part blog on New Year’s Resolutions, we will now look new_year_2.jpgat more grants to support good health, in two specific areas. With new laws in place that keep smokers outside, more and more people who suffer from the harmful effects of smoking and looking for programs to help. Below are three resources that can help if you are looking to fund an anti-smoking program.  After that are several programs that support healthful eating habits.


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers grants for both smoking cessation and prevention programs at the state level. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, provides information on locating and applying for current program funding opportunities and grants related to smoking and tobacco use prevention.” supplies a list of grants to support anti-smoking programs. From promoting healthy lifestyles to researching the effects of smoking, the list includes many opportunities you could apply for.


Pfizer is currently taking letters of interest from programs to support “organizations for healthcare quality improvement and education projects related to tobacco dependence" through its Independent Grants for Learning and Change (IGLC) program. From their web site: "IGLC’s goal is to increase the number of people who stop smoking by improving the frequency and effectiveness of treatment interventions (e.g., counseling and/or evidence-based pharmacotherapy) provided by health care professionals.” Although this particular request is for the European region, other funded areas are also available. You can read the entire proposal request put out by Pfizer.  This grant is a maximum of $2 million; Pfizer is worth looking at to see if your program may fit their goals.


The American Lung Associations goal is to defeat lung cancer. According to their website, “Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S., killing close to half a million people each year.” Grants ranging from $32,000/year to $130,000/year are available for research to end lung cancer. A complete list of grants, application requirements, and deadlines is now availible.  Another, non-research based program available through The American Lung Association is Partnering with Spark. Through this program colleges and universities can get materials on how to create a smoke-free-campus and apply for “mini-spark grants” (currently only available in WI).    


Many of us have resolved to eat better in the coming year—or to help others to eat healthier. Here are three grants that are also working toward this goal.


One of the four pillars of the Newman’s Own Foundation is nutrition. Supporting organizations that are working in underserved communities to improve issues of hunger and nutrition is one of the founding principles of this organization. The Newman’s Own Foundation has supported a variety of school and community groups working to improve healthy eating. Newman’s Own supports programs for the long term through capacity building and program expansion. Since its inception in 1982, the Foundation has given $450 million to charities and funded over 800 grants. Currently the foundation is accepting applications by invitation only, but a complete list of who they are funding is available, and they like to work with organizations who reach out to others. Check to see what’s available in your community to partner with someone who can draw the attention of the Newman’s Own Foundation.        


The Allen Foundation Inc. is committed to improving diet in order to improve health through nutritional programs, education, training, and research. While many programs support food banks dealing with immediate hunger concerns, The Allen Foundation Inc. gives higher priority to programs that teach people how a healthy diet leads to a healthy lifestyle. Applications are accepted year round and all applications are reviewed after the yearly Dec. 31 deadline. Grants have been awarded from $3,000 to over $200,000. For more information on who The Allen Foundation Inc. has funded in the past and to take their eligibility quiz, follow the link here to their webpage.


School physical fitness programs, gardens and nature trails are all programs supported by Lowe’s Toolbox for Education. To see a list of sample projects that would gain support, check out their webpage. Lowe’s offers grants of up to $5,000 and is accepting on-line applications for spring 2016 now through Feb. 16. Lowe’s Toolbox for Education is a great place to start for your school-based health program.  


The time is right for New Year’s Resolutions, and your program can get the support it needs to help make these resolutions realities. We can help you expand your potential funding opportunities with our search experience and subscriptions to many grant database services. Contact to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.


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