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Pioneering Healthier Communities Teen Advocacy Mini-Grants Available

The North Carolina Alliance of YMCAs is pleased to announce the Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities Teen Advocacy Mini-Grants (SPHC TAG) program. This mini-grant program will be awarded through a competitive application process to coalitions, groups or organizations that have an existing or budding youth advocacy component. This mini-grant program supports the YMCA’s mission of strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Funding for this mini-grant program comes from the Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities (SPHC) grant awarded in 2013 to the NC Alliance of YMCAs through the YMCA of the USA and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

Grant Purpose

The purpose of this mini-grant program is to engage North Carolina’s teens in advocacy for healthy food and physical activity access for all members of a given community, to reduce health inequity (differences in the health of individuals and groups of people because of where they reside or their social position – race, socio-economic status, etc.) and improve the health of the state’s citizens. The work may lead to local government or organizational policy, systems or environmental changes. The teens may also have opportunities to advocate for state level public policy change as it relates to these two specific areas: 1) funding of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, such as bike lanes or paths, greenways, sidewalks, etc. and 2) healthy food financing and corner store initiatives. Awards will include funding of up to $3,000 to support grassroots advocacy action plan implementation. In addition, each team will be provided Advocacy and Action Planning Training and technical assistance from Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) to ensure each team is equipped with the skills and consultation to be successful.

Grant Application Process

  • Letter of Intent: A letter of intent is required and should be submitted to the Executive Director of the NC Alliance of YMCAs via email at by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18th. A simple letter stating intentions to apply and the name of the organization and applicant will suffice.
  •  Application: One to two team representatives (one adult leader and one teen is ideal) should complete the application and submit to the Executive Director of the NC Alliance of YMCAs via email at by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29, 2014.
  • Grant Awards: Applications will be reviewed by the SPHC Advisory Committee and applicants who are approved will be notified by Friday, February 14th.
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