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Active Transportation Assessment Collaboration

In-Kind Grant to a South Dakota Community to
Promote and Integrate Physical Activity into Daily Routines

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South Dakota Department of Health (SDDOH) - Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Deadline Date:

12/03/18 5:00 PM CT


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In-kind technical assistance to a South Dakota community to develop built environments that promote physical activity. The community will receive an assessment and design plan to integrate physical activity into daily routines through active transportation principles.

The South Dakota Department of Health will provide one SD community (or two communities as an inter-community project) with technical assistance (provided by the SDSU Landscape Architecture Program) in conducting various active transportation assessments and providing recommendations for improving the built environment to increase walkability and active transportation within that community or joint communities.

Active transportation integrates physical activity into daily routines such as walking or biking to destinations such as work, school, grocery stores, or parks. Active transportation policies and practices in community design, land use, and facility access have been proven effective to increase physical activity. Improving the built environment conducive to active transportation also improves community aesthetics, enhances the economy of a community, and improves overall community connectedness and quality of life.

The intent of this assessment opportunity is to provide recommendations on increasing active travel to destinations within the selected community to increase physical activity, and is not meant to solely assess and recommend the placement of walking paths or recreational trails that do not connect to other community facilities and services.

Deliverables to Community: Assessment results, analysis, reports, maps, diagrams, sketches, detailed drawings, and other materials for community to use toward planning and improving the built environment. Completion of assessment also aligns the community in a better position to seek out other available funds to implement recommended plans.

Additional Benefits to Community: Access to a wealth of resources, expertise, and ongoing technical assistance. This assessment provides the catalyst for communities with an interest in implementing active transportation strategies but have lacked the expertise, staffing or information to initiate such assessments. The intent of this technical assistance is to provide the assessment phase of a longer-term community investment in improving active transportation.

Costs: There are no direct financial costs to the selected community, however the community is expected to arrange hosting facilities, provide refreshments, and staff/indirect support dedicated to this project. SDSU project expenses will be supported by the SD Department of Health.

Community Specifications and Requirements:
-An interest in improving active transportation and the built environment to increase physical activity and improve community viability and vitality
-Complete pre & post survey provided by SDDOH to establish baseline and performance data; also participate in any future program evaluation efforts.
-An ability to pull together and sustain community leaders and stakeholders from several sectors to assist in this effort
-An intent to complete this project and thoughtfully consider the final recommendations as resources and community commitment allows
-Provide meeting facilities for SDSU students and professor(s)
-Ability to complete all necessary forms, compile requested community information, and review report drafts in a timely manner
-Accommodate scheduling needs of students to conduct assessments and present final recommendations
-Assist in the development of a final project report, follow-up, and evaluation needs by communicating successes and overall experiences with SDSU and the SD Department of Health

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177127

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The South Dakota Department of Health will provide one SD community (or two communities as an inter-community project) with technical assistance.

Term of Contract:

The assessment project period will occur January 2019-April 2019. SDSU students’ final presentation to the selected community will most likely occur late April 2019 but final date will be determined by professor(s).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to communities, led by elected officials and city leaders.

Who Should Apply: Elected or Appointed Officials, Civic Leaders, Public Works, Parks and Rec, Transit Authority, Planning Professionals, Landscape Architect Professionals, Engineering and Transportation Professionals, Walking/Bicycling Advocacy Groups, School Administrators, Law Enforcement, Business/Commerce Professionals or others working closely with city officials.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications due December 3, 2018 by 5:00pm (Central Time)

The successful community will be selected and notified on or by December 21, 2018.

Overview: SDSU-LA City Planning students and professor(s) will make a 2-3 day onsite visit(s) to the selected community early winter 2019 (typically late January) to meet with community leaders, gather information, and conduct assessments. Based on community assessments, students will develop recommendations (during the spring semester) and return to the community late spring 2019 (typically late April) to present findings to all stakeholders.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Beth A. Davis
Physical Activity Practitioner in Public Health
Physical Activity Coordinator, Nutrition and Physical Activity Program
(605) 280-2429

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Dakota