The purpose of this mini-grant opportunity is to increase access to healthy choices and community capacity to address health by providing technical assistance and funding opportunities around the state. We believe that lasting change can happen at the community level through partnerships, equitable and evidence-informed strategies, and funding.
Between 2021 and 2024, Wholespire, formerly Eat Smart Move More SC, in partnership with the SC Office of Rural Health (SCORH), will fund mini-grants in amounts up to $5,000. There will be one grant cycle per year with an application deadline in July. The mini-grants will be used to fund healthy eating and active living projects that support policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes. Grantees will receive technical assistance to help complete projects and to connect with other existing local community health initiatives.
Please email Lauren Everett, community coordinator at Wholespire, if you are interested in speaking with a staff person about your project idea.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
Applicants may be a current 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization OR use a fiscal agent who is a current 501(c)(3), school, local government, or faith-based organization. All grant proposals MUST be related to healthy eating and/or active living and implement, promote, or support a PSE change. In addition, strong grant proposals will include:
- A project idea that is ready to be implemented.
- A letter of support for the project from partnering organizations.
- Outline of how the project will address health equity in your community.
Examples, not a complete list, of projects that may be funded through this initiative:
- Improvements for schools’ outdoor activity spaces, such as water bottle refill stations.
- Bike racks and/or crosswalks to support a complete streets effort.
- Establishment or promotion of SNAP/Healthy Bucks at a farmers’ market.
- Support of a local HYPE team project.
- Support for a faith-based HEAL initiative such as Faith Activity Nutrition (FAN).
Frequently Asked Questions
Download our Frequently Asked Questions for additional details about the grant process.What is Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change? What is Health Equity?
June 21: Mini-grant application opens
July 21: Mini-grant application deadline
August 17: Awardees notified
September 1: Funds Released
May 30: Grant period ends
July 1: Final reports due
For questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-667-9810.