Please join us in congratulating the 2019 Revere CARES Mini Grant Program Recipients. (February 2019)

This year, over $15,000 dollars was awarded to individuals, organizations, and groups interested in funding to promote healthy eating and active living, prevent substance use disorders, improve mental well-being, and engage young people in positive activities. The Mini-Grant Review Committee selected the following proposals for funding:
Stress Less Week: Awarded $900 to the School Redesign Improvement Team and the Youth Health Leadership Council at Revere High School to organize a week-long event to help students practice positive coping skills to reduce stress. Activities will include dancing, singing, painting a resilience mural, and a social media and flyer campaign for handling stress and promoting mental health awareness.
Public Stair Restoration in Beachmont: Awarded $3,076 to the Beachmont Improvement Committee in support of the restoration effort of the public stairs connecting Endicott Avenue to Bellingham Avenue.  Beachmont is a walking community, and residents use these stairs at various times of the day to walk from one side of the community to the other. The stairs need structural reinforcement and lighting.
Peer Leaders’ Blue Ocean Project: Awarded $1,300 to MGH Youth Zone for the creation of the Blue Ocean Project. The MGH Youth Zone Peer Leaders would like to begin an environmental clean-up project for the City of Revere. The project will empower youth to take the initiative and responsibility for protecting the world around them. The project is multi-faceted and will include, among other things, monthly clean-ups after school in downtown Revere and/or the beach; collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to assess, collect, and report beach trash; participation in Beautify Revere; a field trip with an environmental activist to Rumney Marsh; and, an interactive presentation by whale and ocean researcher, Dr. Iain Kerr, CEO of Ocean Alliance.
Juice Plus Tower Garden for Seniors: Awarded $1,395 to Prospect House to share with seniors the experience of growing healthy food indoors. Programming will include games to learn about herbs and produce, and incorporating the harvested items into recipes for residents. 
Afterschool STEAM Club: Awarded $1,959 to the Beachmont Elementary School to pilot the creation of a new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Club. The after-school STEAM Club will give students who might not have science and engineering opportunities at home the chance to stretch their minds and enrich their experiences. The Club will collaborate with Northeastern University engineering students. 
Group Therapy Program for "Newcomers" at the Garfield Middle: Awarded $378.84 to North Suffolk Mental Health Association in partnership with Garfield Middle School to support the creation of a group therapy program in the spring of 2019. The group will be for students who identify as “newcomers” to the country and the Revere community. The group will focus on social skills, positive bonding activities, coping skills and confidence building activities.
Field Trip for the Garfield Elementary: Awarded $840 to the Garfield Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization in support of their enrichment field trips.
Camping Trip to Mount Cardigan Lodge: Awarded $940 to the RHS Outdoors Club for a two day 2-day camping trip to Mount Cardigan Lodge, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The trip will provide students with an unforgettable experience of hiking and camping; setting up tents and camping equipment; practicing the environmental ethic leave-no-trace; engaging in hands-on learning with local floral; learning about basic first aid, as well as opportunities for team building.
Revere Youth Soccer: Awarded $1000 to Revere Youth Soccer in support of their efforts to engage youth of all economic backgrounds.
Educational Theater: Awarded $3,210 to the Seacoast High School for Deana’s Educational Theater to conduct performances and discussion that will address issues associated with relationship violence, bystander intervention, and cyberbullying. The project will also include professional development for teachers by the Improbable Players, a theater group lead by actors in recovery from Substance Use Disorders. 





Money for your healthy ideas!


REVERE (November 5, 2018)— You got ideas, and we’re funding them. The mini-grant program, hosted by the Revere CARES coalition, is now accepting applications until January 6th for innovative ideas that promote a healthier community for all. Since its creation in 2012, the mini-grant program has provided over $100,000 dollars to fund community ideas that make Revere a healthy environment to live, work, and play. The mini-grant program is a collaboration between the MGH Revere CARES coalition and Revere on the Move. This year, $15,000 dollars are available for individuals, organization, or groups interested in receiving funds to promote healthy eating, active living, prevent substance use disorders, improve mental wellbeing, and engage young people in positive activities.

“Our ultimate goal for these mini-grants is to put money in the hands of our community members to do things we may not have thought of or been able to do. Community problems require community solutions. 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.

Examples of previously funded projects  include

Seacoast High School - Awarded $1,000 to expand an aquaponics lab for their Botany andUrban Growers class. The expansion coincided with their existing community garden, herb garden, and hydroponics lab, providing students with a comprehensive urban farming tool-kit. (System and environmental change)

Half Day Hoops Program: Awarded $1,605 to the Revere Police Department to offer free mini basketball clinics for middle and high school students. These mini-clinics will increase physical activity among youth and will help address substance abuse issues. 
(Active living, prevention, and positive youth engagement)

Sidewalk Butlers for Cigarette Butts: Awarded $852 to the Revere Community Committee (through The Neighborhood Developers) to install five cigarette butlers in the Shirley Ave. business district. This environmental strategy is meant to promote cleanliness and increase mental health due to an environmental change in the Shirley Ave. neighborhood.
(Environmental change)

Improbable Players: Awarded $1615 to the Rumney Marsh Academy for a performance from Improbable Players. The show, presented by young actors who are in long-term recovery, incorporates dramatic performances and theatre workshops that help people recognize situations in their own lives and seek the help they need. 
(Prevention activity encouraging positive decisions among youth)

Girls Empowerment Club: Awarded $770 dollars to Kamilla Calle and Rebecca Villatoro, students at Revere High School, to create a Girls Empowerment Club to help empower and build relationships among elementary and middle school girls.
(Positive youth engagement led by a young person) 

“It’s important that mini-grant ideas outlast the funding. They should be sustainable with a lasting impact for years to come. Policy, systems and environmental changes are ways of modifying the structure of where we live to make the healthy choice the easy choice. By changing laws and shaping physical landscapes, a big impact can be made with little time and resources,” says Dimple Rana, Director of Healthy Community Initiatives and Co-Leader of Revere on the Move. While brainstorming for ideas, consider ones that will have permanent benefits for the community. These include changes to existing policies (e.g. requiring fruit options at school events), environmental changes (e.g. aquaponics lab & urban trails), and systems changes (e.g. starting a bicycle club & yoga hour). 

To ensure a smooth application process for applicants, 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 needs assistance with the application, they can call or email us and we can provide guidance. The goal is to make these great ideas work,” said Viviana Cataño, Program and Communications Manager at Revere CARES.

For more details and to complete the online application by January 6th, 2019, visit ( For assistance contact Viviana Cataño at and or Dimple Rana at




Does my idea fit with the grant? What if I have never done a grant before?
Anyone can email the staff with any questions about mini-grants! We want to make your idea as successful as possible. For assistance contact Viviana Cataño at or Dimple Rana at
Who can Apply?
Community organizations, neighborhood groups, city departments, schools, businesses, youth, and any others who want to take on a project to help make Revere a healthier community.
Where can I find an application?
Visit and follow the instructions.
When are applications due?
Sunday, January 6, 2019