Building Healthy Communities- South Kern (BHC-SK) has opened its grant program, which awards up to $500 for projects that aim to improve community health in South Kern.
Grants to Build Healthy Communities
The Grants for Blocks Program will provide up to $500 in materials/supplies to groups of residents or youth from South Kern to complete projects that will improve our community.
What is Building Healthy Communities – South Kern?
Building Healthy Communities – South Kern is an effort to positively change the health of our communities through a shared vision, goals, and Action Plan. Residents, youth, businesses, and organizations in Arvin, Lamont, Weedpatch and the unincorporated areas of Greenfield are working together to make our communities healthier, and to create a brighter future for our children.
Who can apply for Grants to Build Healthy Communities?
Applications can be made by any group of residents, youth, or community partners such as parent groups, groups of neighbors, youth or student groups, or others. Groups should be from the communities of Arvin, Lamont, Weedpatch, or the unincorporated areas of Greenfield.
What can funds be used for?
Funds can be used for any project that would benefit the communities of Arvin, Lamont, Weedpatch, and the unincorporated areas of Greenfield. Funds can only be used for materials or supplies and not to pay for services or the time it takes to complete the projects. Projects must be completed by November 30, 2015.
What factors will be used to decide which projects are funded?
Projects will be scored based on showing that they are:
- Addressing a significant need in the communities of South Kern;
- Meeting this need by making real and lasting improvements in our communities;
- Led by residents or youth from South Kern;
- Bringing different people and groups together, especially new groups or residents;
- Using the $500 available for reasonable and pre-defined project expenses;
- Bring additional resources beyond the $500 grant amount, such as additional funds or volunteer time;
- Helping make our communities healthier places to live, work, and play;
- Innovative or unique;
- Supporting BHC-SK priorities (Education, Environment, Health, Recreation, and Economic Development).
How do I apply for funding?
- Fill out and submit the application. For Spanish click here.
- Submit the application to 7839 Burgundy Avenue in Lamont. Applications received by 5:00 on the 5th of each month will be considered at the following Steering Committee meeting.
- We expect to fund $9,000 in projects this year.
- Funded applications will be limited to one per Group/Resident
- Groups/Residents will be notified if their application will be considered for funding once a decision has been made
- Finalists will be asked to present to the BHC-SK Steering Committee.
- Funds must be spent by November 30th 2016
For more details about the grant or application process, or for any other questions, visit our website, www.healthysouthkern.org or contact Marina Ugues, BHC-SK Program Assistant at the Lamont/Weedpatch Family Resource Center, 661-845-2724, 7839 Burgundy Avenue, Lamont.