Health Department to Award $5,000 in Community Grants

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This week is the last chance for organizations to apply for one of ten mini-grants form the Cambridge Public Health Department through its Let’s Move Cambridge and Cambridge in Motion initiatives. Eligible organizations have until Friday to submit their applications for review.

“These mini-grants have inspired a lot of creative thinking from the community in the past and led to some outstanding projects,” said Claude-Alix Jacob, Chief Public Health Officer and director of the Cambridge Public Health Department, in a statement.

Let’s Move Cambridge is the local leg of a national campaign led by First Lady Michele Obama. The goal of the program is to promote healthy lifestyles to children and families. Cambridge in Motion, working with parallel goals, is aimed at building environments that help communities promote healthy habits. The two programs are coming together this year to award ten $500 grants funded by the Cambridge Public Health Department and three Whole Foods Market stores located here in Cambridge.

Eligible applicants include any organizations that serve Cambridge residents as well as Cambridge employers. Winners will receive $500 for their project as well as technical and promotional assistance, all provided by the Cambridge Public Health Department.

Last year’s winners include the Cambridge Community Center, which used the money to host a garden program to teach children about growing cooking healthy food, and the North Cambridge Senior Center, who planned to sponsor a free belly dancing class for seniors. This year’s applications are due on Friday, April 3.