The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas recently awarded a record-breaking 242 mini-grants to community projects throughout Arkansas to help communities live healthier, $1,000 at a time.
“These mini-grants are used to fund such things as health fairs, exercise or healthy eating programs, community gardens, health education or the purchase of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for use in public buildings,” said Patrick O’Sullivan, executive director of the Blue & You Foundation.
The Blue & You Foundation is a charitable foundation established and funded by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield to promote better health in Arkansas. The poor health status of Arkansans contributes to rising medical costs. By providing funding and working with other organizations, the foundation hopes to support healthcare projects that will benefit all Arkansans.
More information on the mini-grants listed below, and all previous grants, can be found on the foundation’s website: blueandyoufoundationarkansas.org.
The foundation anticipates awarding approximately $2.5 million in grants annually to programs that positively affect the health of Arkansans. Any 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, public charity, public school, church, non-profit hospital or governmental organization in Arkansas is eligible to apply for a grant.
Grants of $1,000 each were made to these South Arkansas organizations.
Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Health and Resource Outreach Fair will hold a health fair for the African-American community in Columbia County.
Columbia District Baptist Association. Mold Remediation Project will remove mold from two buildings.
Free Union Missionary Baptist Church. Community-Wide Vacation Bible School seeks to educate Magnolia youth on how to deal with issues that impact youth today.
Boys & Girls Club of Magnolia. After School Snacks program seeks to provide healthy snacks for children at the club.
A Healthy Ouachita County/ Fight Against Obesity seeks to reduce obesity in the community by purchasing exercise equipment and supplies.
Liberty Baptist Association. Upgrading southside Community Garden will improve the garden that provides fresh vegetables to the Liberty Baptist Food Pantry.
South Arkansas Fights Aids. Prescription co-pay projects seeks to assist needy HIV/AIDS clients in south Arkansas by paying prescription co-pays and providing nutritional supplements.
El Dorado School District. Fitness for Everyone will purchase a new commercial elliptical machine for the school fitness center.
KidsNGolf. Project Golf TEE: Together Everyone Excels seeks to purchase golf equipment to increase physical activity for kids in the El Dorado area.
Union County Sheriff's Office. UCCJF Health and Wellness seeks to purchase first aid supplies.
LIFE Coalition. LIFE Health Coalition seeks to help complete a local park in Stamps.
Ward Chapel AME Church. Feeding Ministry purchases food for feeding-the-hungry program.
Bethel A.M.E. Church. Bethel A.M.E. Church seeks to provide health access information to 100-150 residents of Nevada County.