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Grants available to promote community walkability

September 19, 2016

Walking increases physical activity and reduces risk of chronic diseases

Organizations can apply for grants now. Funding supports eliminating barriers to physical activity.

TACOMA, Wash. – Want to get your community moving? Now through 3 p.m. on Sept. 30, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is accepting grant applications from organizations that aim to increase physical activity through community walkability.

Priority consideration will go to organizations that work with underserved populations in communities such as Hilltop and the Eastside in Tacoma, Parkland North and South, Springbrook, and Spanaway.

“No matter where people live in Pierce County, the same opportunities to access safe and healthy recreational activities, like walking, should be available,” said Shelley Wallace, health promotion coordinator at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

Agencies and organizations across the county that focus on adults can apply. These include local government agencies, faith-based and community-based organizations, and community and senior centers.

Examples of possible projects include a walking audit to identify barriers to active living, signage that promotes walking, biking, or other physical activity, or community artwork that encourages people to walk or interact with their environment. Go to www.tpchd.org/news.php?nid=941 for a list of last year’s grantees.

Grants are from the Health Department and the State Department of Health and range in amount from $5,000 to $10,000, depending on the activities organizations have planned. Go to www.tpchd.org/walkability or contact Wallace at swallace@tpchd.org to get an application.

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