Herkimer County HealthNet Announces Grants Available for Playgrounds, Parks, and Trails
May 14, 2012
HERKIMER – Herkimer County municipalities and 501“c”3 organizations may apply for grants from Herkimer County HealthNet to support the efforts of the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play program funded by the New York State Department of Health. Herkimer County HealthNet is offering grants up to $10,000 to be used for trails and trail improvements and up to $11,100 for playgrounds and playground improvements. The municipality or 501“c”3 organization is expected to demonstrate matching and/or in-kind contributions on their part through a combination of collaboration with community organizations, donated materials and/or volunteer time.
The Creating Healthy Places Grant purpose is to reach out to communities to assist with community improvements that will lead to decreased rates of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes by increasing opportunities for physical activity for local families.
Recommended strategies and measures to help communities tackle the problem of obesity through environmental change and policies that promote physical activity include:
• Increased opportunities for extracurricular physical activity
• Improved access to outdoor recreational facilities
• Enhancing infrastructure supporting bicycling
• Enhancing infrastructure supporting walking
• Enhancing personal safety in areas where persons are or could be physically active
• Enhancing traffic safety in areas where persons are or could be physically active
The deadline for submitting the grant applications is Thursday, May 31, 2012. Grant applications are available at Herkimer County HealthNet’s website; www.herkimerhealthnet.com or by e-mailing Alison J. Swartz, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herkimer County HealthNet’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals who live, work, play, and learn in Herkimer County.
CONTACT: Thomas Curnow, Herkimer County HealthNet, (315) 867-1552 or
Alison J. Swartz, Coordinator of Creating Healthy Places grant initiative, (315) 867-1499