Regional Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs

Posted by on April 21, 2014

Aetna Foundation Accepting Applications for Regional Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs

The Aetna Foundation is dedicated to promoting wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care while supporting the communities it serves. The foundation’s Regional Grants program funds community wellness initiatives that serve those who are most at risk for poor health — low-income, underserved, and minority populations — in Aetna’s priority cities and states.

In 2014, grants of up to $50,000 will target communities where healthy food can be difficult to buy and where social and environmental factors may limit people’s ability to be physically active. The foundation is particularly interested in programs that provide nutrition education and help increase the availability of affordable fresh fruits and vegetables and/or programs that provide opportunities for physical activity.

Typically, Regional Grants support school-based or afterschool nutrition and fitness programs that help children learn healthy habits at an early age, community-based nutrition education programs for children and families, efforts to increase the availability or affordability of fresh fruits and vegetables in communities, and community gardening and urban farming activities for children and families.

Priority consideration will be given to programs that focus on healthy food choices and physical activity through a racial and ethnic health equity lens.

To be eligible, applicants must be nonprofit organizations with evidence of IRS 501(c)(3) designation or de facto tax-exempt status. A tax identification number is necessary to apply online.

Visit the Aetna Foundation’s Web site for a list of the foundation’s priority cities and states, as well as complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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