SAN DIEGO–San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is soliciting applications for $1.15 million in grant funds to be used in combatting rising obesity rates in the San Diego region by planning communities in ways that support increased physical activity and access to healthy foods.
SANDAG will issue the funds through four pass-through grant programs to local government agencies, tribal governments, community programs, and school districts. The grants are intended to promote public health through innovative community planning, the creation of safe routes to school, and the development of active transportation programs to support biking and walking. At least 19 individual grants will be awarded in March 2011.
SANDAG received the source funding from the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, which is implementing the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.
The four grant programs will be funded through two SANDAG initiatives: the Healthy Communities Campaign and Safe Routes to School planning.
“These grants will help local communities ensure that people can walk or bike to public transit, schools, parks, and vendors of healthy food safely and conveniently,” SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos said.
Applications are due Feb. 15, 2011. All projects must be completed by Feb. 1, 2012. A special workshop will be held Jan. 13, 2011 for prospective applicants. The exact time and location of the workshop will be posted on the SANDAG Web site, along with application forms and background materials, at www.sandag.org/cppw.
The Healthy Communities Campaign includes the following two pass-through grant programs:
- Healthy Community Planning Grant Program will provide a total of $700,000 to incorporate public health into local planning efforts. SANDAG will award a minimum of six grants, with at least one in each supervisorial district in the County of San Diego. Grant awards are expected to range from $50,000 to $75,000 each.
- Active Community Transportation Grant Program will provide a total of $150,000 to promote pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly neighborhoods. SANDAG will award a minimum of three grants for this program. Grant awards are expected to range from $30,000 to $50,000 each.
The Safe Routes to School Implementation grants include the following two pass-through grant programs:
- Safe Routes to School Capacity Building and Planning Grant Program will provide five grants of approximately $50,000 each, for a total of $250,000, to support comprehensive safe routes to school planning.
- Safe Routes to School Education, Encouragement, and Enforcement Grant Program will provide five grants of approximately $10,000 each, for a total of $50,000, to fund programs that encourage and educate students, parents, school officials, and other community stakeholders on safely walking and bicycling to school.