Crow Wing Energized has opened two grants to support efforts to make the healthy choice is the easy choice.

Grant applications to improve health and wellness in our community by making the healthy choices, the easy choice are currently open. The deadline for both grants is March 1, with an award date of April 1.

Organization criteria for applying includes serving or located within Crow Wing County, including but not limited to: neighborhood, youth, or environmental groups; faith-based organizations; health care organizations; civic or citizens' associations; economic development agencies; local government entities; local businesses; school districts and other similar groups. Applicants are not required to be incorporated 501(c)(3) organizations.

Applicants who have one or more 2021 priority strategies will be given additional consideration.

Those priorities include:

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  • Expand Power of Produce Club,

  • Expand education to new parents about healthy food habits,

  • Gardening and Cooking classes,

  • Engagement with local farmers.

  • Family activities,

  • Safe outdoor activities,

  • One Vegetable One Community,

  • ReThink your Drink.

Grants are made available through Statewide Health Improvement Partnership funding awarded to Crow Wing Energized. Grant applications are reviewed by the Crow Wing Energized Grant Review Committee and scored based on criteria.

Up to $500 will be awarded for Workplace Wellness Grants and up to $2,000 for the Healthy Community Grant.

Accepted grants in 2020 including promoting water consumption at worksites, healthy eating and physical activity for staff, sit/stand desks, breastfeeding and stress management support, promotion and education on vegetable consumption and the ReThink your Drink campaign.

Crow Wing Energized has given approximately $225,000 in grants since 2016.