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AHA improves the health and well-being of Wake County residents by facilitating and supporting community initiatives.

Funding for Healthy Communities in Wake County

AHA is pleased to serve in an advisory role to the John Rex Endowment for its upcoming Wake County Healthy Community Grants funding opportunity. These three-year grants are intended to improve policies and implement changes to the built environment that increase children’s access to healthy foods and active living opportunities in Wake County municipalities. Funded municipalities will also participate in a grantee learning network, to foster peer exchange and engagement across Wake County. This is an incredible opportunity to receive both funding and technical assistance to shift policies and the physical environment in our communities to promote health.

The John Rex Endowment has partnered with Active Living By Design (ALBD) to provide overall consultation and technical assistance to grantees, manage the grantee learning network, and coordinate evaluation of the grants. Working with the John Rex Endowment and ALBD, AHA will contribute its local expertise and community knowledge to guide and support this work.

AHA is excited to partner with the John Rex Endowment and ALBD on the Wake County Healthy Community Grants as this focus mirrors AHA’s mission is to improve access to healthy food and physical activity in Wake County through changes in policy, systems and environments. AHA is working to make the healthy choice the easy choice for all residents in Wake County through the continued implementation of its Strategic Plan.

Wake County mayors and town/city managers received the Wake County Healthy Community Grants Request for Proposals (RFP) on January 6, 2014.  Full details are outlined in the RFP.  Although only Wake County municipal governments may apply for this funding opportunity, the intent of the grants is to engage many organizations, groups and residents across Wake County.  Letters of Intent from interested municipalities are due February 21, 2014.

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