Applications now open for Community Impact Grants

Community Impact Grants helped fund programs at the Boilermaker Urban Garden

The American Heart Association wants to help local organizations create a healthier Mohawk Valley. Applications are now open for the American Heart Association’s Community Impact Grants. The grants help local groups start or continue projects aimed at improving the health of our community.

 The American Heart Association is looking for innovative programs that address social determinants of health and work to increase the consumption of healthy foods, increase the number of individuals who meet the recommended amount of physical activity, reduce tobacco use and increase access to blood pressure screenings and education that can be tied to health outcomes in the underserved populations.

  1. Healthy eating – improving access to and consumption of healthy foods
  2. Physical activity – increasing % of youth and adults that meet physical activity guidelines
  3. Tobacco use – eliminate tobacco and e-cigarette use and exposure to secondhand smoke
  4. Blood pressure – reduce hypertension and improve blood pressure control rates in underserved populations

Grants funding is available for up to $10,000 per project, with a total of $40,000 available. The term of the proposed project is 12 months from June 1, 2020-May 31, 2021.

Grant applications can be submitted online here. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the American Heart Association’s Grant Application Workshop on January 14th from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. at the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce Landmark Building in Downtown Utica. Applicants can RSVP to or by calling (315) 580-3963.

Since 2011, the local American Heart Association has been able to award $290,000 with 72 Community Impact Grants to 32 deserving organizations who are working to improve the health of the Mohawk Valley.

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