Calling all worksites, community organizations, health care partners, schools and childcare providers!
The Stronger Together Coalition is awarding partnership grants to support projects and initiatives that improve the health and wellbeing of the communities within Faribault & Martin Counties!
Applications for Stronger Together Partnership Grants, funded by the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership of Faribault, Martin & Watonwan Counties (FMW SHIP) will be awarded to create wellness across our communities through community-driven, evidence-based, and people focused initiatives that tackle the root causes of chronic disease.
The grant awards are designed for Faribault and Martin County residents of all ages to have access to:
1) increased opportunities to be physically active at school, work and in the community,
2) increased opportunities to access healthy foods for all people in our community,
3) increased mental and physical health and wellness for every community member in every setting (school, work, community, health care),
4) improving access to breastfeeding supports in our community, and
5) work with our communities to reduce tobacco use.
Funding amounts for 2024 - 2025 will vary based on the amount of people the project impacts and need. Organizations including schools, daycares, businesses, healthcare entities, and community settings are strongly encouraged to apply for partnership grants. The deadline for applications is January 19, 2024.
If your organization is interested in partnering to implement a project over the next two years that aligns with these priorities, please complete this form.
Need ideas? Learn more about some of our past projects:
We've partnered with communities to establish community garden sites and programs that support locally grown foods, including supporting Farmer's Markets with signage and programs to increase sales of produce. We've supported restaurants, corner/convenience stores and food shelves to support healthy food access by providing funding to update menus, purchase cooling/refrigeration units, purchase shelving and signage.
Learn how we worked with Butterfield Hardware to support access to grocery store in their community!
We've partnered with worksites to start healthy snack stations and increase access to drinking water in the office or on the job site.
We've partnered with community groups to purchase and maintain a fleet of bikes that can be used at bike rodeos and in schools' physical education programs that support biking education. We've worked to reclaim old and worn tennis courts and revitalize into a new, painted activity area to engage youth. We've worked with community groups to plan and advocate for sidewalks and safe places to walk and biking - working to connect sidewalks, identify walking and biking routes with signage and maps, install bike repair stations, etc.
We've support trainings to support mental wellbeing and promote recovery from trauma, supporting and implementing practices that can be used in any situation to support reducing feelings of anxiety and stress. This includes providing training and supports to teachers to manage stress and anxiety in the classroom, supporting wellness rooms in workplaces that offer a tranquil place to take a break.