Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) - Large Grant

The Wellmark Foundation

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Predicted deadline: Feb 17, 2022 3:00pm PST

Grant amount: US $25,000 - US $100,000

Fields of work: Recreation Nutrition & Healthy Eating Wellness & Healthy Living Food Access & Hunger Physical Fitness Trail Creation & Maintenance Parks & Public Spaces Playgrounds Show all

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Iowa, South Dakota

Location of residency: Iowa, South Dakota

990 Snapshot



One of the greatest health challenges facing Iowans and South Dakotans is chronic disease, which results in individuals having a diminished ability to live their best life. Many chronic diseases are the result of lifestyle choices.

There is increasing evidence showing where we live and what is available to us can have a significant impact on our health. If a community doesn’t have adequate sidewalks or walking paths, or if roads make it dangerous to ride a bike, then how do residents find ways to be
active? If there aren’t community gardens, nutrition programming or balanced school lunches, how do residents make healthy food choices?

The Wellmark Foundation’s goal is to help eliminate those barriers.

The American Public Health Association reports the way we design and build our communities affects our physical and mental health. “When communities have plenty of walkable sidewalks and bike-friendly routes for kids to take to school, students are more active. When people can walk where they need to go, car traffic decreases and that can improve air quality and respiratory health.”

The Wellmark Foundation seeks to help Iowans and South Dakotans create communities that support healthy and active lifestyles.

Grant Focus Areas

Access to and the consumption of healthy foods.
Because good nutrition is a cornerstone to optimal health and well-being.

Safe environments to be physically active in.
Built environment approaches — infrastructure and man-made systems, such as community design, parks, trails and other amenities — make it easy to engage in active living, which is likely to increase physical activity for all age groups.

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