Money for your healthy ideas! http://tiny.cc/RevereMiniGrants

 

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 (http://tiny.cc/RevereMiniGrants). For assistance contact Viviana Cataño at vcatano-merino@partners.org and or Dimple Rana at drana@revere.org.

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FAQs

  
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 vcatano-merino@partners.org or Dimple Rana at drana@revere.org
 
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 http://tiny.cc/RevereMiniGrants and follow the instructions.
  
When are applications due?
Sunday, January 6, 2019