For the third year, we’re partnering with the 7th Episcopal District of the AME Church on the Healthy Young People Empowerment (HYPE) Project. This partnership empowers Young People’s Division (YPD) youth to increase access to healthy foods or physical activity in their church or community.

YPDs can receive a mini-grant in the amount of up to $900 to fund healthy eating and active living projects that support policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes. You must submit your application by 5:00 pm on February 1, 2021.

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Eligibility and Selection Criteria

All applicants must be an active YPD in the 7th Episcopal District of the AME Church. You must be willing to work on projects related to healthy eating and/or active living and projects that promote or support a PSE change. All AME churches in the 7th Episcopal District of the AME Church, regardless of their level of youth engagement and health-related activities, can apply.

New Applicants
If your YPD team was not previously funded, please complete the application below. 

Returning Applicants
If your YPD team was previously funded, you are eligible to apply again. You must upload an action plan when completing the application. All supporting documents must be in pdf format.

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Below are examples of past HYPE projects:

Pine Grove AME Church planted a garden and worked with church leaders to adopt the following church policies: water as a beverage option at all church hosted events; fruits and vegetables in all church hosted meals and/or snacks; and physical activity time during church meetings.

St. Peter’s AME Churchsuccessfully advocated to include healthy eating and active living messages in the church bulletin. They also partnered with a local food bank to provide healthy food to a local apartment complex.

Brown’s Chapel AME Church revitalized a community basketball court and increased access to a safe place to play. 


Oak Grove AME Church installed railings and safety signage at the church, created policies for healthy eating and active living, shared health info in church bulletins, and planted an herb garden.

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Key Dates

Submit an Application

To complete an application, you must first register below. If you have already registered and wish to continue a saved application or start a new application, you must login.

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Application Deadline: February 1 @ 5:00 p.m.