You got ideas, and we’re funding them. The mini-grant program, hosted by the Revere CARES coalition, is now accepting applications until January 21th for innovative ideas that promote a healthier community for all. Since its creation in 2012, the mini-grant program has provided over $160,000 dollars funding ninety-four ideas that make Revere a healthy environment to live, work, and play. The mini-grant program is a collaboration between the MGH Revere CARES coalition and Revere on the Move. This year, $20,000 dollars are available for individuals, organization, or groups interested in receiving funds to promote healthy eating, active living, prevent substance use disorders, improve mental wellbeing, and engage young people in positive activities.
This year, we will also consider proposals for activities that promote connections among residents. This can include community-building events in neighborhoods or wards. Mini-grants to build relationships among neighbors may apply for up to $600 dollars.
“Our ultimate goal for these mini-grants is to put money in the hands of our community members to do things we may not have thought of or been able to do. Community problems require community solutions. The community knows best how to improve the health of the city, and what would work or not work,” said Sylvia Chiang, Director of Revere CARES.
Examples of previously funded projects include,
Seacoast High School – Awarded $1,000 to expand an aquaponics lab for their Botany and Urban Growers class. The expansion coincided with their existing community garden, herb garden, and hydroponics lab, providing students with a comprehensive urban farming tool-kit. (System and environmental change)
Sidewalk Butlers for Cigarette Butts: Awarded $852 to the Revere Community Committee (through The Neighborhood Developers) to install five cigarette butlers in the Shirley Ave. business district. This environmental strategy is meant to promote cleanliness and increase mental health due to an environmental change in the Shirley Ave. neighborhood.
Girls Empowerment Club: Awarded $770 dollars to students at Revere High School, to create a Girls Empowerment Club to help empower and build relationships among elementary and middle school girls.
(Positive youth engagement led by a young person)
“It’s important that mini-grant ideas outlast the funding. They should be sustainable with a lasting impact for years to come. Policy, systems and environmental changes are ways of modifying the structure of where we live to make the healthy choice the easy choice. By changing laws and shaping physical landscapes, a big impact can be made with little time and resources,” says Dimple Rana, Director of Community Health and Engagement and Co-Leader of Revere on the Move. While brainstorming for ideas, consider ones that will have permanent benefits for the community. These include changes to existing policies (e.g. requiring fruit options at school events), environmental changes (e.g. aquaponics lab & urban trails), and systems changes (e.g. starting a bicycle club & exercise hour).
To ensure a smooth application process for applicants, free technical assistance is available to all who wish to apply. “We want to help the community’s ideas be as strong as possible and to make implementing them as successful as we can. If someone has an idea that they aren’t sure quite fits or needs assistance with the application, they can call or email us and we can provide guidance. The goal is to make these great ideas work,” said Viviana Cataño, Program and Communications Manager at Revere CARES.
Revere CARES will be hosting a virtual meeting on December 14 at 6:00 PM to provide an overview of the mini-grant program and answer questions. To sign up to participate visit: https://bit.ly/SignUpforRevereMiniGrantOverview
For more details and to complete the online application by January 21, 2022, visit (https://bit.ly/RevereCARESMiniGrants2022). For assistance contact Viviana Cataño at [email protected]