2017/2018 Healthier Jupiter Mini Grant Program

The goal of the Mini-Grant Program is to engage the Greater Jupiter community in creating innovative approaches to diabetes prevention and management. Funds available through mini-grants will allow not-for-profit and civic organizations to obtain the needed funds to pilot ideas that will improve our collective community health in one of three focus areas:
1. Increasing access to affordable healthier food choices;
2. Helping individuals become more physically active on a regular basis; or
3. Promoting awareness of diabetes risks and accessing necessary medical care.

Healthier Jupiter is a community initiative addressing health and quality of life issues starting with diabetes. We selected diabetes 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 The Palm HealthCare Foundation. The 2017 Mini-Grant Program plans to award up to $25,000, (consists of ten mini-grants of $2,500 each), to qualified not-for-profit and civic organizations in our community whose innovative proposals are selected by our expert panel.

Click here to see the 2016/2017 Grant Recipients and their proposed programs.

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.

To be selected, all of the following conditions must be met:
1. Interested not-for-profit and civic organizations must have attended a mandatory grants workshop on September 28th. 8am-11am at the Jupiter Community Center – 200 Military Trail, Jupiter.
2. Anyone can attend the workshops, but only proposals from qualified not-for-profit/civic organizations will be considered.
3. A brief application must be completed on-line and submitted by 5 p.m. on October 20, 2017.
4. The proposal must address one of the three focus areas outlined above.
5. The project must take place within the Greater Jupiter area and benefit those who live, work or learn here.

Our review panel will include community leaders from the public and private sectors. If you are a community member (not affiliated with a not-for-profit) with a grant proposal or idea, please contact Carrie Browne to discuss.


Grant Guidelines:

1. Interested organizations must have attended the mandatory September 28th Grant Workshop 8am-11am at the Jupiter Community Center – 200 Military Trail, Jupiter.
2. After attending the September 28th Grant Workshop you will be sent a link for the online application. Use the link provided in your email to submit your Healthier Jupiter Mini-Grant Application online. Please note that ONLY ONLINE applications will be considered.
3. Submit your online application by 5 p.m. on October 20, 2017.
4. To ensure eligibility, ALL of the following must apply:
• You attended the September 28th mini-grant workshop.
• Your proposal primarily targets those in the greater Jupiter area.
• Your idea focuses primarily on one or more of the following: (1) increasing access to affordable healthier food choices; (2) helping individuals become more physically active on a regular basis; (3) creating awareness of diabetes risks and/or accessing necessary medical care
• My organization is a civic organization or not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) or I can partner with one to receive funding.
5. If selected, you will need to be present at the awards announcement on December 4th at 9am. You will also be expected to attend a one-hour update session in July and make a brief final presentation to next year’s mini grant awardees.
For additional information, please contact Carrie Browne.

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 health care issues, neighborhood by neighborhood.