Foundation / Corporation
The Wellmark Foundation
04/27/18 Midnight - Deadline for Large MATCH grants only
Grants to South Dakota and Iowa nonprofit organizations and government agencies for programs and initiatives that promote the consumption of and access to nutritious foods, and for programs that promote safe and healthy environments. There are two types of grant funding levels available, both of which are matching grants. Large grants of up to $100,000, and small grants of up to $25,000, will be awarded.
The Wellmark Foundation believes everybody deserves to live, work, learn and play in a safe and healthy environment. This includes having a safe and healthy home environment and public spaces that encourage activity. This activity is enhanced when there is access to and consumption of nutritious food. In 2018, the Foundation will fund proposals that can demonstrate measurable outcomes and long term sustainability in these two areas.
Increasing Access To And Consumption Of Nutritious Foods:
Since good nutrition is a cornerstone to optimal health and well-being, The Wellmark Foundation supports sustainable solutions that encourage improved nutrition and access to nutritious foods.
Below are a few examples of sustainable projects:
- Improving access to locally sourced foods. A few examples include establishing or improving the infrastructure of farmers’ markets and establishing or improving community gardens.
- Supporting connections between local food systems and health. Advance the efforts of local, multi-county or statewide food policy councils to positively impact food systems and address the interconnectivity between food and health.
- Improving nutrition in school settings. Examples of potential projects to improve the food environment in school settings include: farm-to-school programs, healthy vending, and lunchroom redesign to encourage consumption of healthy foods.
Promoting Safe and Healthy Environments In Which To Be Active:
The Wellmark Foundation supports addressing local policy and built environment approaches that promote safe and healthy places in which to be active. The built environment refers to infrastructure policies and man-made systems, such as community design, community policy, parks, trails, and other amenities. The characteristics of the built environment can affect residents’ health in multiple ways. The existence of safe and accessible environments is likely to increase physical activity for all age groups.
Here are just a few examples of how communities can influence the built environment with The Wellmark Foundation’s funding support:
- Providing safe, accessible venues for physical activity in a community. An example is joint-use agreements between schools and community groups to leverage community investments and encourage shared space for physical activity.
- Advancing active transportation concepts. This refers to approaches that encourage individuals to bike or walk to their destinations. Examples of projects include Safe Routes to School projects, walking school buses, community walking audits, and adding bicycle parking.
- Promoting trail development. This could include regional trail-planning efforts, promoting pedestrian/bicycle/trail master plans and actual trail construction.
The Wellmark Foundation supports community-based approaches that promote active living/built environment and access to and consumption of healthy foods where people live, work, learn and play. It is required that projects can demonstrate long-term sustainability — meaning they will have a lasting effect after the grant funding is over.
A proposed project is more likely to be funded when the following criteria are met:
- Aligns with The Wellmark Foundation grant-making areas of focus
- Aligns with evidence-based, best practices and/or principles
- Leverages private, public and/or community resources
- Maximizes collaboration with applicable, needed stakeholders
- Outcomes are clearly stated and measurable
- Has a sound evaluation process
- Is a viable prospect to continue beyond The Wellmark Foundation’s grant support (sustainability)
- Can identify “match” sources and opportunities
- Demonstrated priority by the community
- Available to all community members (not restricted to individuals who pay a fee for membership)
GrantWatch ID#: 180088
Each Large MATCH grant awarded in 2018 will be a maximum of $100,000. Each Small MATCH grant awarded in 2018 will be a maximum of $25,000.
Large MATCH projects must be completed within two years. Small MATCH projects must be completed in one year.
To be eligible to receive a grant from The Wellmark Foundation, the primary applicant (grant fiscal agent) must meet all of the following requirements:
- Must be classified as a Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under Internal Revenue Code or a governmental entity.
- Must be an organization within the states of either Iowa or South Dakota or seeking funding support for grant funding restricted for use in Iowa or South Dakota.
- Cannot be a private foundation under Section 509(a).
- Cannot be an individual.
- Cannot have a contractual relationship with Wellmark, Inc., Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Dakota or Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa, Inc. This does not include having health insurance coverage through Wellmark.
The Wellmark Foundation will not consider making grants for the following:
- Biomedical research that will not impact local residents in the immediate future or that does not have a direct application to implementing a community-driven health intervention
- Uncompensated care for direct clinical services or services that are billable for third-party reimbursement
- Disease management programs or projects focused on patient populations with specific diagnosis
- Projects solely requesting support for the acquisition of equipment
- Projects without viable prospects for sustainability
- Temporary food assistance programs
- Organizational indirect costs
- Programs operated by or for the benefit of for-profit organizations
- Debt retirement
- Annual fund drives or capital campaigns
- Fundraising events
- Reimbursement for cost of projects already completed or underway before grant is approved
Large MATCH Grants: Large MATCH grant awards must be matched dollar-for-dollar by resources, either cash or in-kind, identified by the applicant. At least one half of the matching support must be a cash match. Applicants must include assurance of the potential for securing adequate matching funds to be considered for funding.
Small MATCH Grants: The Small MATCH grant awards must be matched $0.50 for every $1.00 granted by The Wellmark Foundation by resources, either cash or in-kind, identified by the applicant. At least one half of the matching support must be a cash match. Applicants must include assurance of the potential for securing adequate matching funds to be considered for funding.
Large MATCH Timeline:
- Proposals are due by midnight, Feb. 23, 2018.
- Grants selected will be announced in May and the prospective grantee will have 16 weeks to demonstrate the match has been secured.
- Grantees meeting the required match will be awarded grant funds in September 2018.
Small MATCH Timeline:
- Applications for the Small MATCH grants will be available April 27, 2018.
- Proposals are due by midnight, June 8, 2018.
- Grants selected will be announced in August and the prospective grantee will have 12 weeks to demonstrate the match has been secured.
- Grantees meeting the required match will be awarded grant funds in December 2018.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit applications to: WellmarkFoundation@Wellmark.com
Manager, The Wellmark Foundation
The Wellmark Foundation
1331 Grand Avenue, Station 5W447
Des Moines, IA 50309
USA: Iowa; South Dakota