Healthy Living Grant Program

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The Healthy Living Grant 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.

Eligible activities

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.

Ineligible activities

  • 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
  • Medication
  • Tobacco, drugs or alcohol
  • Activities that do not include community building
  • Activities that not inclusive or alignment with the city's racial equity initiative

Applicant requirements

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:

  1. Be designed for those within St. Louis Park
  2. Reside in St. Louis Park boundaries
  3. 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.

Award limits

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 lsmith@stlouispark.org, faxed to 952.924.2645, or mailed or dropped of 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.

Deadline

The grant application must be submitted two months prior to the program start date.

Funding reimbursement

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.

Old grants

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.

Contact

Laura Smith, Volunteer and Wellness Coordinator
952.928.2847
lsmith@stlouispark.org

City contact for capital improvements:
Rick Beane
952.928.2854
rbeane@stlouispark.org