Healthier Jupiter recently hosted more than 50 people representing 30 organizations at the Town of Jupiter Community Center for a workshop to prepare local not for profit and civic organizations to apply for mini-grants to fund innovative health ideas. The Mini-Grant Program is intended to engage the Greater Jupiter community in creating innovative approaches to diabetes prevention and management. Healthier Jupiter will award up to ten $2500 mini-grants to qualified not-for-profit or civic organizations in our community to pilot ideas that will improve our collective community health in one of three focus areas: increasing access to affordable healthier food choices; helping individuals become more physically active on a regular basis; or promoting awareness of diabetes risks and accessing necessary medical care.
Farmer Jay (Jason McCobb) from Farmer Jay Pure Organics was the keynote speaker and inspired the group to be creative with his talk about his gardening initiatives with various groups in our county and his work with local schools and children. Professional grant writers attended to facilitate hands on sessions to assist organizations with outlining their grant applications.
Applications will be submitted by October 20, 2017. The proposals must address one of the three focus areas outlined above and the funded projects must take place within the Greater Jupiter area and benefit those who live, work or learn here. The proposal review panel will include community leaders from both the public and private sectors. Awards will be presented on Monday, December 4, 2017.
About Healthier Jupiter
Healthier Jupiter is a community initiative addressing health and quality of life issues starting with diabetes. Diabetes was selected because promoting healthy lifestyles can lower diabetes risk and complications as well as many other chronic diseases. Healthier Jupiter is funded through a generous grant from Palm Healthcare Foundation as part of its Healthier Together Initiative. Healthier Together is a long-term, place based funding approach designed to solve the community’s most complex healthcare issues, neighborhood by neighborhood.