Posted on September 22, 2009 6:46 AM
Grant Opportunities for Healthy Communities (9-22-09)
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Procurement and Grants Office announced a new funding opportunity for “Communities Putting Prevention to Work” grants. Approximately $373 million will be available in fiscal year 2009 to fund 30 to 40 awards. The grant is to create healthier communities through sustainable, proven, population-based approaches such as broad-based policy, systems, organizational and environmental changes in communities and schools. Eligible applicants include health departments of large cities, urban areas, or state-coordinated small cities and rural health areas, and tribal communities.
Two categories of issues can be addressed: obesity, physical activity, and nutrition, or tobacco prevention and control. Many of the strategies discussed in the announcement relate closely to community planning: accessible places for activity, including enhanced bicycling and walking infrastructure; promoting activity, public transit, and walking and cycling; Transportation planning; and pedestrian-scale signage for walkable and mixed use areas, among many others.
It is recommended by the CDC that awardees include a strong focus on the needs of populations who suffer disproportionately from the burden of disease. A conference call regarding the grant for eligible applicants located in the Central time zone will be held on October 1, details of the call are listed in the grant announcement. A letter of intent is required by October 30.