HAC - Equipment-Only Grant Cycles

To achieve the Healthy Active Communities vision of North Carolinians of all ages having access to opportunities for physical activity and/or healthy, local food, the BCBSNC Foundation offers both Healthy Eating Equipment Grants and Physical Activity Equipment Grants on an annual basis.

Equipment-only grant cycles provide an opportunity for organizations to access the tools they need to start, enhance or expand their work towards helping their communities achieve the health gains of increased physical activity and access to healthy food.

Equipment-only grants are for requests up to $5000, for one year.  This is a competitive grant cycle.  We are seeking to invest in those proposals showing the strongest anticipated health gains as well as the greatest intensity and duration of use/interaction to achieve those health gains.  Each grant cycle may have differing parameters regarding area of focus, both in terms of agency and geographic location. Please review the specific parameters for the current grant cycle to determine if this opportunity is a fit for your agency.

Physical Activity Equipment Grant Cycle

The next physical activity grant cycle will be made available in the fall of 2014.

We are seeking to invest in projects that result in increased physical activity. Our investments will be prioritized by the strongest correlation between equipment purchased and subsequent increase in physical activity, with the most competitive proposals being those that demonstrate a significant increase in activity at least 20 minutes per day /three times per week over the course of the project for the target population.

Examples of equipment that may be purchased as a part of a Physical Activity Equipment Grant include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • In-class physical activity: Wii Fit, Walking Classroom
  • Portable play/physical education equipment: Balls, scooters, sports equipment, parachutes, bikes/trikes
  • Portable exercise equipment: Pedometers, resistance bands, jump ropes, free weights, kettle bells, exercise balls, aerobic steps
  • Fixed exercise equipment: Treadmill, elliptical, stationary bicycle, step machine, rowing machine
  • Playground Equipment: Both commercial and natural
  • Materials to develop/extend a trail or to enhance an outdoor learning environment

2014 Healthy Eating Equipment Grant Cycle

The Healthy Eating Equipment Grant application is now closed. All applications were due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 24.

In partnership with the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA), and to help advance the NCRPA Wellness Initiative the BCBSNC Foundation is focusing the 2014 Healthy Eating Equipment Grants on local government parks and recreation agencies statewide.

We are seeking to invest in projects that result in increased access to healthy, local food. Our investments will be prioritized by the strongest correlation between equipment purchased and subsequent increase in access to healthy local food, with the most competitive proposals being those that demonstrate a significant increase in access at least three times per week over the course of the project for the target population.  

In order to be eligible for this grant opportunity an organization must be:

  • a local parks and recreation department in North Carolina AND
  • a current NCRPA Agency Member

As the focus of this cycle is to help advance the NCRPA Wellness Initiative, applicant organizations must also commit to the following action items, if the agency’s project is selected for funding:

  • Agency representative must attend a half-day NCRPA Wellness Initiative Workshop, hosted by NCRPA.  These workshops will be held this spring at various locations around the state.
  • Agency representative must participate in at least two NCRPA Wellness Initiative webinars that will typically be 30 minutes in length and will be offered throughout 2014.

Please note that each agency may only submit one proposal for consideration.

Examples of equipment that may be purchased as a part of a Healthy Eating Equipment Grant include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Commercial refrigerators, freezers or dishwashers
  • Kitchen equipment (pots, pans, slicers, sectionizers, non-disposable tableware and utensils, etc.)
  • Materials and supplies for a garden, cooking demonstrations, etc.
  • Food transport (vans, trucks, etc.)

Erin Crouse NCRPA’s graduate assistant, will be available to answer questions and to provide additional assistance during the application  phase of the current grant cycle.  She can be reached via email at erin@ncrpa.net or by phone 919-832-5868.

Key Dates for the 2014 Healthy Eating Equipment Cycle

  • February 11: Grant opens, all materials available online
  • February 19: Webinar - “Grant Cycle Overview and How to Apply”
  • March 24: Grant proposals due by 5:00 p.m.
  • Week of April 21: Grant recipients announced
  • April 30: Webinar at Noon - “Grantee Communications, Results and Reporting” 

*The webinar recording requires Adobe Flash Player for viewing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does an agency need to be an NCRPA member in order to apply? 

This grant cycle is open to public parks and recreation agencies only. Those agencies must either have an active NCRPA Agency membership or become a member prior to the grant deadline.

Why is this grant cycle in partnership with NCRPA? 

NCRPA is a grantee of the Foundation, and has been working since 2009 to align local parks and recreation departments with community health goals, by increasing physical activity and access to healthy local food for both staff and the community members they serve.  This grant cycle will help advance the efforts of NCRPA to assist more local parks and recreation departments change policies and practices around healthy eating. 

Will healthy eating equipment grants always focus on parks and recreation?

No.  The Healthy Active Communities focus area seeks to increase physical activity and healthy eating in child care, schools, faith and community settings; and over time grant opportunities will reflect that comprehensive vision.

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