The Healthy Living Grant Program was launched in 2017 to support new and innovative community-driven well-being activities. The program supports communities in building social connections through healthy eating, physical activity, mental health awareness and community building. Research shows we are more likely to stick with healthy activities if we do them with other people we feel connected to.
Because St. Louis Park is committed to being a connected and engaged community, the Healthy Living Grant’s purpose is to increase wellbeing through community-driven action. Healthy Living Grants support neighborhoods, individuals and organizations that collaborate with members of their communities in the places where they live, learn, work and play.
Activities supported by the Healthy Living Grant Program should meet the following criteria:
- New program, initiative or activity
- Support or improve physical or mental well-being
- Support or improve social connections
- Be inclusive for all the program is designed for
- Have well defined goals for the community the program is designed for
Examples of eligible uses for grant funds:
- Promotional materials
- Healthy foods and refreshments at wellness activities
- Mental health support groups
- Meditation classes
- Exercise equipment for public use
- Gardening materials
- Tobacco cessation groups
- Space rental and event materials
Applicants are not limited to these examples and are encouraged to be creative.
- Personal membership fees to health clubs or weight-loss organizations
- Medical services or treatment for medical conditions
- Exercise equipment or other items for personal use
- Tobacco, drugs or alcohol
- Activities that do not include community building
- Activities that not inclusive or alignment with the city's racial equity initiative
- A program, initiative or activity that is already in place
In order to be eligible for the Healthy Living Grant, the applicant must be a resident, volunteer or employee of a St. Louis Park organization. City of St. Louis Park employees are ineligible to apply for grant funds. Activities and programs must:
- Be designed for those within St. Louis Park
- Reside in St. Louis Park boundaries
- Be inclusive and equitable
Applicants are required to get input from individuals the program and projects are designed for. This is included as part of the grant application.
There is a $1,000 grant award limit per applicant and activity or program. There is a $200 limit per application is available for the purchase of insurance.
How to apply
Applicants must review the grant program guidelines before completing the Healthy Living Grant Program application. Completed applications must be received two months prior to the project start date. Grants may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 952.924.2645, or mailed or dropped off to Laura Smith, City of St. Louis Park City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd.
City staff and volunteers will review the grant proposals and make recommendations for approval to the city manager. Final authorization of grant awards will be approved by the city manager or designee.
Within two weeks of approval, recipient will receive a grant agreement from the city. The agreement must be signed and returned prior to any funds being released.
The grant application must be submitted two months prior to the program start date.
Grant funds are distributed as reimbursements after the reimbursement form and applicable receipts are submitted. View the grant program guidelines for more details on reimbursements.
Repeat grant applications
Grant applications for the same or similar program are not eligible in the same calendar year. Each December, a call will be made for application submissions for repeat programs to applicants. Applications received by the deadline will be considered for the next year’s funding, not to exceed 25 percent of total grants funds.
Individuals with a previous grant must close out their account before new grant funds are awarded. The deadline to close out grant reimbursements is the last day of the calendar year the grant was awarded.
Laura Smith, Volunteer and Wellness Coordinator
City contact for capital improvements: