2017 Mini Grants Now Open

Nov 28, 2017 Comments Off on 2017 Mini Grants Now Open admin Mini Grants Will Fund Residents’ Ideas for a Healthier Revere

Total of Over $21,500 Available for Community Proposals

REVERE (November 28, 2017)—Once again, Revere on the Move and the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Task Force (ATOD) will offer mini grants to fund residents’ ideas that continue to make  Revere a healthy place to work, play, and raise our families. Both initiatives of the Revere CARES Coalition and their community partners encourage  organizations, city departments, schools, neighborhood groups, businesses or youth with great ideas 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 works and what doesn’t,” said Sylvia Chiang, Director of Revere CARES.

Revere on the Move is 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.

Mini grants are also available for youth. The Coalition believes that it is important for young people to have a voice in solving the issues that affect them directly and has set aside $3,000 to fund projects driven by youth leaders.

Youth applicants can decide if they want to use the funds to promote mental health and prevent substance misuse or create opportunities for healthy eating/active living among their peers. The youth application will be reviewed by the members of the Youth Health Leadership Council, a group of students learning and promoting health in Revere.

To make the application and financial processes as smooth as possible, free technical assistance is available to anyone wishing to apply. “We want to help strengthen the community’s ideas and 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 will help them. And, we will help awardees when they hit bumps in the road. The goal is to make these great ideas work,” said Viviana Cataño, ATOD Task Force Manager at Revere CARES.

Applications are due Sunday, January 14th. For more details and to download the application, visit http://tiny.cc/RevereMiniGrants. For assistance with an ATOD mini grant, contact Viviana Cataño at vcatano-merino@partners.org, and for assistance with Revere on the Move mini grants contact Dimple Rana at drana@revere.org.