The New Jersey Department of Health is accepting proposals for their ShapingNJ Healthy Community Grant cycle — Promoting Systems, Policy and Environmental Change for Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention at the Local Level.  Shaping NJ is the state partnership for nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention with a goal of preventing obesity and i8mrpove the health of populations that are at risk for poor health outcomes in New Jersey by making “the healthy choice, the easy choice.”

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), Family Health Services – Community Health & Wellness and the New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (NJCPFS) invite applications to implement healthy community strategies including Safe Routes to School and Complete Street initiatives. Increasing physical activity, improvement in the food environment and physical changes in the built environment that encourage – not hinder – physical activity are healthy changes that can positively impact the health of the community.

Small grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations, working with local partners, to implement systems, policy and environmental changes that prevent chronic diseases. Communities at high risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity are especially encouraged to apply.  Eligible applicants for this award include New Jersey public and private non-profit entities such as municipalities, parks and recreation programs, schools/districts, local health departments, hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, YW-YMCA’s and other community based organizations capable of conducting the initiative as outlined. Only one application per municipality or locale will be funded. Collaboration with external partners is required.

For more information, go to: http://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/shapingnj/news/grant/#sthash.mv7guJad.dpuf

To review the SHapingNJ Healthy Community Grants Request for Applications, click http://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/shapingnj/news/grant/2014_10_24_RFA.pdf

Those interested must submit a letter of intent by 5:00 pm on November 14th, directed to Pamela.Howard@doh.state.nj.us.  Completed final applications are due electronically (application, work plan and budget) by 5:00pm November 25, 2014.

For any questions about the grant, please email shapingnj.onf@doh.state.nj.us.