New Round of Mini Grants Opened!

Oct 28, 2016 Comments Off on New Round of Mini Grants Opened! admin Louis Pasteur Park, Rebuilt in 2014

Mini Grants Will Fund Residents’ Ideas for a Healthier Revere

Total of Over $23,000 Available for Community Proposals

REVERE (November 2, 2016)—Once again this year  Revere on the Move and  the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Task Force will offer mini grants to fund residents’ ideas that continue making Revere a healthy place to work, play, and raise our families. Both initiatives of the Revere CARES Coalition and their community partners welcome ideas from community organizations, City departments, schools, neighborhood organizations, businesses or youth groups to apply for funds.

“Our ultimate goal for these mini grants is to put money in the hands of our community to do things we may not have thought of or been able to do. The community knows best how to improve the health of the city, and what would work or not work,” said Sylvia Chiang, Director of Revere CARES.

New this year, will be the youth mini grants. “We think it is important for young people to have a voice in solving the issues that affect them directly. With this in mind, we want to set aside money specifically to fund projects driven by youth leaders.” said Andie Janota, Co-Leader of Revere on the Move.

Revere on the Move, a partnership between MGH Revere CARES and the City of Revere, will be providing $3,000 dollars for the youth mini grants, and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Task force will be grant up to $2,000 dollars. Members of the Youth Health Leadership Council, a group of students learning and promoting health in Revere, will take the lead in creating the application for youth and reviewing the submissions.

As always, Revere on the Move is once again offering two types of mini grants. Up to $7,500 is available for permanent changes to the community. These include changes to policies, the environment, and systems (the way organizations do things). Examples include ensuring fruit options are available at school events (policy change), installing community gardens or urban trails (environmental changes), and a bicycle club (systems change). An additional $3,000 is available for programs that may not have a permanent effect but may teach valuable skills or ready the community for longer-term changes.  Examples include healthy shopping, cooking programs, and pedestrian trainings around Revere.

The Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Task Force (ATOD) is offering up to $8,000 to fund community ideas that reduce youth substance use, improve their mental health, and increase opportunities for positive youth engagement. Examples for reducing substance use in youth include implementing activities from the Above the Influence Campaign Toolkit, setting up peer-to-peer mental health support groups, providing small trainings on stress reduction and management, and running positive alternative activities for youth

To make the application and financial processes as smooth as possible, free technical assistance is available to all who wish to apply. “We want to help the community’s ideas be as strong as possible and to make implementing them as successful as we can. If someone has an idea that they aren’t sure quite fits, or they need help with the application, they can call or email us and we can help them. And we can also give help to awardees when they hit bumps in the road. The goal is to make these great ideas work,” said Viviana Cataño-Merino, ATOD Task Force Manager at Revere CARES.

Applications are due Sunday, January 8, 2016

For assistance with an ATOD mini grants, contact Viviana Cataño at and for assistance Revere on the Move mini grants contact  Dimple Rana at