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MINI GRANT OVERVIEW:

The Healthiest State Initiative (HSI) and the Iowa Parks & Recreation Association (IPRA) are pleased to provide mini grant opportunity for IPRA members to receive funding to support walkability efforts in their community.

Parks and recreation departments are invited to apply for the Community Walk Mini Grant (up to $500) to help plan and execute a 2022 Healthiest State Annual Walk in their community. To be eligible for funding, parks and recreation departments must have also a completed Annual Walk registration at IowaHealthiestState.com/Walk.

The Healthiest State Initiative will determine which proposal(s) will be funded. Preference will be given to applicants whose grant requests demonstrate the "Walk More. Connect More." theme and promote social connectedness and walking within the community. Awardees will be notified on Sept. 16 and acknowledged publicly at the IPRA Fall Workshop on Oct. 4. (NOTE: You do not need to be present at the Fall Workshop to receive your funding, if selected.)

Funding request examples:
  • Create a "Story Walk" in collaboration with the local library 
  • Creative Annual Walk event ("Meet Me in the Middle" or "Walking Progressive Meal") or event that involves multiple community organizations
  • Development of community walking map routes that can be used beyond the Annual Walk event
  • Creation of a Community Walking Club
  • Activities at the Annual Walk event that encourage social connectedness between community members

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., September 9, 2022.

Thank you! If you have questions about this mini grant application, please email info@iowahealthieststate.com.

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* 1. Community Name:

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* 2. Contact Name:

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* 4. Email Address:

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* 5. Have you registered for the Healthiest State Annual Walk on October 5? (NOTE: This is a requirement.)

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* 6. Is your community a member of the Iowa Parks & Recreation Association? (NOTE: This is a requirement.)

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* 7. Please describe how you would use the mini grant award to promote walking and social connectedness through your community's Healthiest State Annual Walk event? (Please limit response to 250 words or less.)

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* 8. Please provide a brief budget breakdown of your mini grant request (up to $500). 

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