West Virginia Bureau for Public Health
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Grant Opportunities

Take Action: Healthy People, Places and Practices in Communities Project
Deadline: March 30, 2007
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Public Health and Science, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Regional Health Administrators are requesting proposals from community-based organizations and others to evaluate the impact of a unique set of healthy lifestyles activities in local settings that support the President’s HealthierUS initiative. As part of the Take Action: Healthy People, Places and Practices in Communities Project, the proposed activities should address one or more of the four parts of the President's HealthierUS initiative: 1) be physically active, 2) eat a nutritious diet, 3) get preventive screenings, and 4) make healthy choices/avoid risky behaviors.
Not-for-profit, community-based organizations including faith-based groups, after school programs, coalitions and others are encouraged to submit proposals. The one-year project period will run from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008. Funding for these activities will be between $2,000 and $5,000 and a national evaluation of the project will be conducted.. Download PDF file of background information on the project, proposal instructions and forms.
Red Laces Program to Fight Childhood Obesity
Stride Rite and Saucony
Deadline: March 30, 2007
Stride Rite and Saucony are accepting applications for its Red Laces Program to Fight Childhood Obesity. The purpose of this program is to support communities and nonprofit organizations that provide after-school physical fitness programs for kids. Programs should emphasize increased participation in running. 
Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations.
For complete program information and application guidelines, please visit http://www.sauconyrunforgood.com/

Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics (RIDGE): Examining the Impact of Food Assistance on Nutrition
 Deadline: April 2, 2007 (letter of intent)
May 1, 2007 (postmarked proposal)
Program in International and Community Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis
Sponsored by the Economic Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research
Application Deadline: May 16, 2007
Active Living Research is a $12.5-million national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that stimulates and supports research to identify environmental factors and policies that influence physical activity. The purpose of this call for proposals is to increase our understanding of how environments and policies affect children's physical activity in community and school settings. Grants will be awarded for two research topics:
*  Examination of how children's and parents' perceptions of community and recreation environments are related to objective attributes of the environments and how those perceptions affect their desire to use the environments for physical activity
*  Evaluation of policy interventions to promote physical activity in schools.
Research funded under this call for proposals will inform the Foundation's efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research Dissertation Awards
Application Deadline: May 16, 2007
Dissertation awards are a priority for Active Living Research because they both help build the evidence base and increase the number of investigators in this new field of study. Doctoral candidates in any field or discipline may request up to $25,000 total for up to two years as support for their doctoral dissertations. Projects must have clear relevance to the overall mission of Active Living Research, and preference will be given to proposals that are relevant to preventing childhood obesity. However, projects do not have to address the specific topics in the Active Living Research call for proposals.

Ongoing Grants
West Virginia’s Safe Routes to School can answer questions about federal funding for this proven program, and how you can use that funding to lead the effort to launch a Safe Routes to School program in your community.
RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Medicine/Health. The Foundation's primary interests within Education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education. Within Community, the Foundation supports a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. Human service programs of particular interest to the Foundation include children and family services, early childhood development, and parenting education. The Foundation's current interests in the area of Medicine/Health include programs that promote the health and well-being of children, programs that promote access to health services, and Foundation-initiated programs focusing on ALS. http://www.rgkfoundation.org/guidelines.php

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