Healthy Eating Active Living

Grants to Spartanburg County, South Carolina Nonprofits
and Agencies for Fitness and Nutrition Initiatives

GrantWatch ID#: 177169
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Mary Black Foundation

08/15/17 5:00 PM

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Grants averaging $70,000 to Spartanburg County, South Carolina nonprofits and government agencies for projects that promote the health and wellness of local residents. Applicants must meet with Foundation staff prior to applying, at least 30 days prior to the grant deadline.

Proposed initiatives should aim to: (a) promote increased access to affordable, healthy foods (i.e., "Healthy Eating" proposals), and (b) create opportunities for physical activity (i.e., "Active Living" proposals).

The Foundation defines "Healthy Eating" and "Active Living" as follows:

1. Healthy Eating:

Healthy Eating refers to the availability and affordability of fresh healthy foods in communities, schools, workplaces, and places of worship, regardless of income and geographic location.

Poor eating choices and a lack of exercise are primary risk factors for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, certain cancers, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and osteoporosis. They are also associated with depression, isolation, and mental illness.

Efforts to increase the availability and affordability of fresh, healthy foods will include:

(1) Addressing the underlying causes – i.e. food desert mitigation strategies,
(2) Reducing barriers to making healthy eating decisions, and
(3) Encouraging connections between existing infrastructure, such as farms and schools, to help create better community access to healthy foods.

2. Active Living:

Active Living refers to a way of life that integrates physical activity into daily routines. In addition to recreational exercise, active living includes moderate forms of activity such as walking or bicycling for transportation, taking the stairs, or working in the yard.

Improving the health and wellness of Spartanburg County through increased physical activity will require efforts that:

(1) Remove barriers to engaging in physical activity,
(2) Create more opportunities for active transportation and physical activity, and
(3) Encourage the use of existing active transportation infrastructure and physical activity resources.

Grants vary greatly, with an average size of $70,000.

The Foundation provides multi-year funding for these grants.

In order to receive funding from the Mary Black Foundation, an organization must be a current 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, as classified by the IRS, or a governmental agency.

The Mary Black Foundation provides funding to nonprofit organizations for the following:

- General Operating Support: To cover day-to-day activities and ongoing expenses.
- Programs and Services: Activities directly targeting individuals to achieve specific results.
- Policies and Places: Activities to change or modify policies or to create new or improved places that increase opportunities for the residents of Spartanburg County.
- Planning and Capacity Building: To plan for or study future projects or to implement efforts that improve the capacity of the organization to achieve results.

The Mary Black Foundation generally does not fund:

- Activities that are discriminatory or organizations engaged in discriminatory practices, including, but not limited to, written or informal policies and procedures regarding staff and/or volunteer requirements, program content, or participant eligibility that are discriminatory.
- Direct grants or scholarships (including tuition assistance) for individuals;
- Grants that further political or religious activities;
- Medical, scientific, or academic research;
- Vans or buses used to transport people;
- Activities and/or programs that duplicate efforts that are, have been, or should be offered at local hospitals;
- Activities, projects, or programs that will have been completed before funding becomes available;
- Endowments or other reserve funds or the payment of debt;
- Fundraising events, celebrations, or dinners; or
- Individual schools unless the project is district or county-wide and is supported by the superintendent(s).

Before submitting an application for a grant, potential applicants must meet with the Foundation’s program staff. The Foundation strongly recommends that you meet with staff at least 30 days prior to the grant deadline. Contact Amy Page at the email address listed in the contact information section below to schedule a grant consultation.

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A link to the applications will be posted by June 30.

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

For questions about the applications or the application process:
Amy Page

General Contact Information:

Mary Black Foundation
349 East Main Street, Suite 100
Spartanburg, SC 29302

Phone: 864-573-9500
Fax: 864-573-5805

Spartanburg County

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