North Carolina Community Health Mini-Grant Application

Together We Will Empower & Equip the Community to Turn the Tide of Community Health

The current application cycle is closed. Congratulations to our Winter 2020/2021 Winners! Look for more information about the next grant application period in Fall 2021. For more information and technical support: annie.thornhill@heart.org.

The American Heart Association and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) are proud to announce 21 community health mini-grant awards, totaling nearly $100,000. These local mini-grants focus on blood pressure, healthy eating and physical activity. The mini-grants will impact uninsured and under-insured adults with chronic health conditions, low-income, food insecure families and seniors and neighborhoods without infrastructure to make streets safe for pedestrians and cyclists. These community organizations and companies will be working to improve heart health among North Carolinians who are most at risk for cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

“It is very exciting to continue our efforts with Blue Cross NC to address health equity issues in our communities and to offer community mini-grants to bolster existing programs or inspire new programs to bloom,” shared Annie Thornhill, vice president of community impact for the American Heart Association, Southeast. “Together we are working to build sustainable change in the health of our communities.”

“Blue Cross NC is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all North Carolinians, especially members of communities in under-resourced areas,” said Cheryl Parquet, director of community engagement and marketing activation at Blue Cross NC. “The strain of COVID-19 has highlighted the inadequate access to quality health care across the country, and we’re proud to work with partners to lead the charge in creating a healthier state.”

Community partners in the Triangle (Wake, Durham, and Orange counties), Triad (Guilford and Forsyth counties), and Charlotte (Mecklenburg, Gaston, and Union counties) were encouraged to apply for mini-grants ranging from $2,500 - $10,000 to support heart healthy policies and environments, and programs providing support for community coronavirus relief. The American Heart Association received 166 applications totaling over $1.2 million. The applications were vetted through American Heart Association professionals and evaluated on specific criteria meeting community needs in underserved populations. Grantees were asked to show how their applications would reach under-resourced communities and were linked to sustainable policy and systems changes.

Congratulations to our Winter 2020/2021 Award Winners:

  • Alliance Medical Ministry: Distributing Fresh Produce to Uninsured Adults with Chronic Diseases (Triangle)
  • Bike Durham: Protected Light Individual Transportation (LIT) Lanes and Shared Streets as Areas for Residents to Walk, Ride, and Play (Triangle)
  • Camino Community Center: Camino Vida Teaching Kitchen (Charlotte)
  • Cary Downtown Farmers Market: Farmers Market Bucks (Triangle)
  • Feed My Sheep of Durham: Doing our part in Northeast Central Durham (Triangle)
  • Greensboro Farmers Market: Heart Health Ways 4 Healthy Living: How to Plan/Shop, Cook and Move to Support Your Heart Health (Triad)
  • Guilford Community Care Network: Supporting Healthy Practices for Underserved and Indigent Adults of Guilford County (Triad)
  • Guilford County Department of Health & Human Services – Public: COVID-19 Postpartum Hypertension Self-Management Project (Triad)
  • Heated Seminars, LLC Health Education Consultants: How to Have an Illness and Live a Healthy Life (Triad)
  • H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem: Help Our People Eat (Triad)
  • Hope Street Food Pantry: Operation Raise Funds for a Bigger Box Truck (Charlotte)
  • Lincoln Community Health Center (Durham): Treating hypertension in a high-risk, low-resource population through at home BP monitoring (Triangle)
  • Magnolia House Foundation, Inc.: Continue to improve the health and knowledge of the community (Triad)
  • McLeod Addictive Disease Center, Inc: Residential Patient NRT, CO Monitoring, and Tobacco-Free Campus Signage (Charlotte)
  • N.C. A&T University / CAES Student and Community Farm: Fresh herbs and healthy food demonstrations at NC A&T’s Student and Community Farm (Triad)
  • Neighborhood Markets, Inc.: Green for Greens Fund: Matching SNAP Dollars at a Time of Extraordinary Need (Triad)
  • New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church: Fostering our Faith, Heeding our Health and Caring for our Community: Promoting Healthy Living in the Midst of a Pandemic (Triad)
  • Presbyterian Hospital Foundation (Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation): Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation (Charlotte)
  • Sigma Nu Fraternity Incorporated: High Point University: The Garden (Triad)
  • The Twenty Inc.: Fresh Start Healthy Heart for Families Program (Triad)
  • YMCA of the Triangle: Durham Y Delivers: Heart Healthy Cooking & Healthy Meals for Kids (Triangle)

Spring 2020 Winners

Camino Community Center
Care Ring
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council
Cobblestone Farmers Market
Community Faith Builders Corporation
Cone Health
Durham County Health Department
Farmer Foodshare
Guilford Community Care Network
Holly Springs Food Cupboard
Imprints Cares
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School
Magnolia House Foundation, Inc.
McLeod Addictive Disease Center, Inc.
Neighborhood Markets, Inc.
New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church
Out of the Garden
SEEDS
Shepherd’s Care Medical Clinic
SMSi Healthy Living Solutions, Inc.
The Hope Center at Pullen, Inc.
Time Out Youth Center
Union County Government
WakeUP Wake County