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February 14, 2006

Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D.

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Nathan Rudy

Grants Available for Healthy Community Development


The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and the New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sports are urging community teams to develop new programs to improve the health, physical activity levels and wellness in communities throughout the state.  DHSS is offering a "Leaders' Academy for Healthy Community Development" and mini-grants of $2,500 to help municipalities develop and implement programs tailored specifically to their communities.


Mini-grants are not limited to a specific project.  Grants may be used to help communities create walking maps and club brochures; develop websites and walking information; host community events; and acquire larger grants for safer streets, sidewalks, improved lighting, extensive park trails or other activities that will enhance the overall health and well-being of a community.


All municipalities are encouraged to attend the Leaders' Academy and apply for the mini grant.  Between 10 and 20 of the applications will be selected to receive the grants, and all applicants are eligible to attend the Leaders' Academy.  To participate, municipalities must identify a Community Team of three to five people who are dedicated to promoting the health of their residents.  Team members must be present at the Leaders' Academy to receive the competitive grant.


The Leaders’ Academy will be held in Trenton on May 12, 2006 and provide valuable information and tools for promoting health and physical activity at the local level. Expert panels will share successful strategies that: create walkable and bikeable communities; promote physical activity for community residents of all ages; and coordinate and maximize existing community resources.


Grant applications and a $100 registration fee must be submitted by close of business on February 17, 2006.   Individuals are also encouraged to attend for a $25 registration fee, but are not eligible for the mini-grant.  To obtain an application, please contact Karin Mille at (609) 292-1723 or



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