2016 Voices into Action Mini-Grants – Apply Today!

Voices into Action is pleased to offer mini-grants for projects that improve access to healthy, affordable food in Lee County, Western Harnett County and Southeast Raleigh. Physical activity projects that do not require structural or permanent changes (like long-term fitness classes or non-permanent fitness equipment) may also be funded. Mini-grant awards will range from $100-$3,000 depending on the project’s funding needs, level of collaboration with other community organizations, and future sustainability.

As this is Voices into Action’s last cycle of mini-grant funding, projects that emphasize collaborations between two or more community organizations and are focused on future sustainability of the project will be granted funding priority. We estimate we will be able to award approximately 5 mini-grants per county (Note: Previous mini-grant recipients are not guaranteed funding in the 2016 mini-grant cycle).

  • Mini-grant applications are due October 30, 2015 by 5pm (application materials below).
    • We encourage proposals even if you have never written a grant before!
  • All applicants, including previous mini-grant recipients, are strongly encouraged to attend a mini-grant informational workshops in order to learn more about the grants and to receive support on their project proposal (see details below).

Mini-Grant Information Packet:

The Mini-Grant Information Packet provides details on project proposal criteria, funding priorities and restrictions, mini-grant requirements, and application submission instructions. Moreover, all information on this website is explained in greater detail in the Mini-Grant Information Packet. All applicants should review the Mini-Grant Information Packet as it has necessary information for your grant proposal and submission.

Access the 2016 Mini-Grant Information Packet here

Overview of Mini-Grants:

Mandatory Project Criteria:

  • Grant projects must involve improving access to healthy affordable foods. Physical activity projects that do not require structural or permanent changes (like long-term fitness classes or non-permanent fitness equipment) may also be funded.
  • Grant projects must include a policy and/or environmental change to improve access to healthy, affordable foods and/or physical activity.
    • A policy change is a formal or informal rule or common practice to support healthy eating or physical activity.
    • An environmental change is a change to the physical or social environment to support healthy eating or physical activity.

Project Priorities:

Projects will have a better chance of being funded if they:

  • Utilize proven means and methods.
  • Involve collaborations between two or more community organizations.
  • Include a plan for project sustainability.
  • Address community priorities. 

Who Can Apply (Note – Mini-grants are for organizations, not individuals):

Mini-grants are open to groups working in Lee County, Western Harnett County and Southeast Raleigh. Organizations with offices outside these areas may apply if the project is designed to benefit people within the areas noted above. The following are types of organizations that are encouraged to apply:

  • Faith communities
  • Schools or childcare facilities
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Community groups
  • Neighborhood groups
  • Civic groups
  • Local businesses
  • Farmers’ associations

Funding:

Allowable expenses include, but are not limited to: educational materials, marketing materials, signage, gardening tools and supplies, seeds, soil, plants, cooking equipment, printing costs, portable food storage/shelving (e.g. baskets, removable/portable shelves), and portable fitness equipment (e.g. jumpropes, hand weights, sports equipment, exercise DVDs).

Unallowable expenses include: staff/personnel time, travel costs, furniture (e.g. benches, tables, chairs, tents), permanent structures and construction of permanent structures (e.g. playgrounds, paved walking trails, fencing, new building space), and large appliances (e.g. refrigerators, freezers).

Mini-Grant Informational Workshops (attendance at a workshop is strongly recommended):

All applicants (including previous mini-grant recipients) are encouraged to attend an informational workshop. Workshop participants will receive information on Voices into Action, grant requirements, the grant writing/applying process, and receive support/feedback on their project proposals.

  • Lee County:
    • October 5, 2015 (Monday) from 3-5pm at the Lee County Cooperative Extension Office (2420 Tramway Rd., Sanford)
  • Harnett County:
    • October 7, 2015 (Wednesday) from 3-5pm at the Harnett County Cooperative Extension Office (126 Alexander Dr., Lillington)
  • Southeast Raleigh:
    • October 7, 2015 (Wednesday) from 5:30-7:30pm at 512 Brickhaven Dr., Raleigh (Room 203)

Mini-Grant Timeline:

September 2015

  • Call for proposals

October 2015

  • Informational workshops (attendance at a workshop is strongly recommended):
    • Lee County:
      • October 5, 2015 (Monday) from 3-5pm at the Lee County Cooperative Extension Office (2420 Tramway Rd., Sanford)
    • Harnett County:
      • October 7, 2015 (Wednesday) from 3-5pm at the Harnett County Cooperative Extension Office (126 Alexander Dr., Lillington)
    • Southeast Raleigh:
      • October 7, 2015 (Wednesday) from 5:30-7:30pm at 512 Brickhaven Dr., Raleigh (Room 203)
  • Applications due:
    • October 30, 2015 (Friday) by 5:00 pm

Early 2016

  • Grant recipients announced
  • Grant cycle and funding distribution begins

Mini-Grant Application Materials:

Applications must be submitted by October 30, 2015 (Friday) at 5:00 pm.

Mini-Grant Application (click links below to access):

The mini-grant application is available in two format types, Writable PDF and Microsoft Word. Please complete the application in your preferred format type. Both format types contain the same information and questions.

Required Application Add-ons (click links below to access):

Please e-mail, mail or fax completed Mini-Grant Application, mini-grantee agreement (signed), letter(s) of collaboration (on the organization’s letterhead and signed), and completed W-9 forms (signed). Submission details are provided in the Mini-Grant Information Packet found hereApplications must be submitted by October 30, 2015 (Friday) by 5:00 pm.

Questions and Support:

For more information on the mini-grants or for questions related to your project proposal please contact:

Harnett and Lee County Applicants:

Zandra Alford, the Harnett and Lee Outreach Coordinator: 919-513-2858; zandra_alford@ncsu.edu

or

Southeast Raleigh Applicants:

Helen Herrera, the Nutrition and Outreach Associate for SE Raleigh: 919-513-2703; hherrer@ncsu.edu

 

For information about 2014 & 2015 Mini-Grant projects, please view our blog.