How can the community increase access to healthy foods? The Community Advisory Board of the Center for Healthy Communities is looking for ideas, and is offering mini-grants of up to $500 to help fund projects.
“We want to learn new and better ways of working at the community level to increase access to nutritious food and healthy eating,” said Deborah Ferguson, Director of Outreach and Social Services for the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area and a member of the Community Advisory Board. “Groups may include no more than one representative from a community-based organization, and a budget is required to show resources will be used. Projects that use matching funds or resources in the budget are desirable.”
The mini-grants are available to grassroots community groups that will work to improve access to healthy food in the community. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Community gardens;
  • Improving access to fresh fruits and vegetables;
  • Cooking classes;
  • Nutrition classes;
  • Classes on how to cook with food available from food pantries;
  • Increasing access to farmers markets through increased use of the SNAP EBT card.

Grant proposals will be accepted beginning April. The first grants will be announced April 15. Additional proposals will be accepted until grant funds are exhausted.
For more information on submitting a proposal, contact Dionne Simmons at or (937) 775-8249.