Health Department Seeks Green Space Improvement Project Proposals
CHARLEVOIX – The Health Department of Northwest Michigan invites local communities to apply for funds to implement infrastructure, policy, and physical activity enhancements to public greenspaces.
The grant, Building Healthy Places (formerly Building Healthy Communities), is part of continued work by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan to ensure all residents have an opportunity to live a healthy life. A portion of the grant aims to fund sustainable public greenspace enhancements that will create a lasting impact on the health of the community.
“Our physical environment has a direct influence on our health and wellbeing. We are thrilled to be able to again offer the Building Healthy Places Greenspace grant to communities,” said Natalie Kasiborski, Director of Community Health at the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. “It provides an opportunity to improve aesthetics, accessibility and safety of public greenspaces to increase the number of people using these spaces, and ultimately, improve the health of our community. Previous years’ request for proposals have been extremely successful, and we are excited to see what this year will bring.”
Eligible applicants include any local government department, agency, special purpose district, public school district, Indian Tribal organization, or 501(c)(3). Several grants will be awarded, with individual grants limited to $10,000. Entities with public greenspace sites in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Otsego, or Wexford counties are eligible to apply. Letters of Intent should be submitted by Friday, November 22, 2019 and the submission deadline is Friday, December 13, 2019. An informational call will take place on Monday, November 25, 2019. For additional information including the application and requirements, visit nwhealth.org/gip.html or call Community Health Coordinator, Kirstyn Horan at 231-347-5362.
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties.