The partnership is working with the private sector to develop strategies for reducing childhood obesity. Grant money advances organizational efforts to obtain voluntary commitments from the nonprofit and corporate communities to adopt practices and policies that promote healthy eating and active living.
The nonpartisan membership organization provides inspiration, technical assistance and networking to local elected officials and other dedicated leaders who are working to create healthy, walkable and resource-efficient communities. Funding allows up to 55 leaders from the nation’s port communities and social and environmental justice advocates to participate in the 2015 Moving Forward Network preconference meeting and the 14th annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Baltimore.
The lender and real estate consultant is dedicated to strengthening nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve. Through this two-year grant, IFF is partnering with Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Ill., to create new housing and economic opportunities for working-class residents that help improve community health.
The organization seeks to transform the market for building materials to advance the best environmental, health and social outcomes. A grant funds the establishment of the Affordable Housing Healthy Building Roundtable pilot program to expand the use of healthy building materials in New York City’s affordable-housing market and reduce residents’ exposure to lead, chemicals and asthmagens in building products.
The coalition serves as the fiscal sponsor for the California Environmental Justice Coalition, which is supporting six environmental health coalitions – known as Green Zones – in different parts of the state as they implement projects to foster environmental improvements, economic development and climate resilience in the most highly impacted cities and neighborhoods. Funding supports a transition to a more sustainable funding model for the Green Zones initiative.
The center focuses on community organizing and advocacy in California’s Inland Empire, a region east of Los Angeles that is affected by pollution from heavy freight traffic, transshipping facilities and warehousing areas. It is using grant money to communicate recent research findings and to implement policy recommendations aimed at reducing the health impacts of goods-movement systems on San Bernardino residents.
The foundation works to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations by increasing access to fresh, locally grown food and bolstering revenues for family farmers on a national level.
The nonprofit advocacy organization, also known as WE ACT, works to improve environmental quality and to secure environmental justice in predominately African American and Latino communities. Through this two-year grant, WE ACT is mobilizing a citywide campaign to improve conditions and code enforcement in public and subsidized housing as part of an effort to foster better health for New York City residents living in substandard apartments and homes.
The financing institution, formerly the Lowcountry Housing Trust, supports the development of vibrant, sustainable communities by providing loans, technical assistance and advocacy for affordable housing, healthy-food retail and community facilities and businesses. This two-year grant enables the loan fund to accelerate and expand its healthy-food financing investments and activities.
The national research, communications, capacity-building and advocacy-support organization is working to change land-use planning, urban design and urban food systems in ways that improve the health of low-income and minority communities. Through this grant, PolicyLink is developing a policy agenda and toolkit for integrating health and housing and providing assistance to public and private stakeholders to ensure the effective, equitable implementation of the federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative, which increases urban access to regional healthy-food systems.