Wholespire, formerly Eat Smart Move More South Carolina, and the South Carolina Office of Rural Health (SCORH) received a grant from the BlueCross® BlueShield® of South Carolina Foundation, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, for a collaborative project to improve the health of South Carolina’s economically vulnerable citizens.

The project will expand upon the current work of both agencies to address the root causes of poor health outcomes across the state. Wholespire and SCORH each have a strong track record of using a coalition-driven approach to effect health transformation in local communities. The two agencies collectively work with coalitions in 38 counties across South Carolina.

The grant will support this work for four years across the state. The primary components of this project will be the creation of a technical assistance model that includes scalable training and coaching, and capacity building, and financial support for urban and rural coalitions across the state to improve population health.

This initiative will build off the successes of SCORH’s Blueprint for Health program and Wholespire’s Let’s Go 3.0 mini-grant initiative that also were funded by the BlueCross® BlueShield® of South Carolina Foundation.

  • Blueprint for Health allowed SCORH to offer funding of up to $25,000 to 12 communities to bring together rural community leaders from multiple sectors to collaborate on solutions to the root causes for poor health and build capacity at the local level to solve community health issues.
  • Let’s Go 3.0 mini-grants offered funding of up to $5,000 each for projects that increased access to healthy foods and safe places for physical activity through policy, systems and environmental change projects.

Funding Opportunities

Healthy Eating, Active Living Mini-Grants (Summer 2022)

The purpose of the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) mini-grant is to increase access to healthy choices and community capacity to address health by providing technical assistance and funding opportunities around the state. The HEAL mini-grants will be used to fund healthy eating and active living projects that support policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes. There will be one grant cycle per year with an application deadline of July 21. One mini-grant is available each year for up to $5000 per applicant.

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Coalition Development Grants APPLICATION OPEN!

The Coalition Development Grants (CDG) provide support for strengthening and increasing the capacity of local coalitions by further developing the potential of their community initiatives and their leaders. Grant funds of up to $25,000 per applicant will be made available to participating coalitions. Selected coalitions will receive technical assistance to build the capacity of their collaboration by creating an action plan that will inform how the grant funds will be utilized to address health or non-health factors.

Apply by November 5, 2021