Published on January 19, 2018

Healthy Community Grants awarded through Crow Wing Energized 2018 Grant Applications Now Open

Crow Wing Energized awarded over $65,0000 in Healthy Community Grants in 2017 to support efforts moving the local community to a place where the healthy choice is the easy choice. Grant recipients included:


  • Baxter Elementary School for Rethink Your Drink Campaign for Kindergarten classes
  • Cuyuna Elementary School for start-up of healthy snack program for youth
  • Discovery Woods School for Expansion on school based-agriculture project
  • Eagle View Elementary School 2nd Grade for Flexible seating options with moveable seating
  • Elementary Schools Walk, Bike, Fun Curriculum Promotion for Training hours paid for from community partners/Bike MN partnership and binders for curriculum for WALK BIKE FUN
  • Garfield Elementary School for expansion on a healthy snack cart project, heart monitors for heart health education for elementary physical education students, Healthy School Snack Policy promotion, and expansion of active recess programming
  • Lincoln Education Center for Expansion on flexible seating options with movable seating
  • Riverside Elementary School for Second Step Skills for Kindergarten Class to support social skills curriculum and active classroom training


  • Baxter Police Department for Police car bike racks and bike patrol support
  • Brainerd HRA ROSS for gardening and healthy eating promotion
  • Brainerd Public Library for Seed Library, healthy eating promotion, and sustainable gardening planning
  • Brainerd YMCA for water equipment for aging population, Matter of Balance (MOB) falls prevention, and National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP)
  • Care Free Living for a community garden for aging population
  • Central Lakes College for Carbon Monoxide reader to promote/educate tobacco reduction efforts
  • Central Lakes College Student Services for Cooking Matters healthy cooking class for college students
  • Crosby Police Department for police car bike racks and bike patrol support
  • Cummings Treasured Time Adult Day Care for a community garden for aging population
  • Cuyuna Community Garden for a community garden
  • Cuyuna Range Youth Center for Carbon Monoxide Reader/Youth Tobacco Reduction Support
  • Emily Food Shelf for Community garden promoting healthy eating efforts for those who are served within the food shelf
  • Essentia Health for MOB class start up kits for newly established community partners, active living promotion for community members and staff, including the incorporation of launching the NDPP lifestyle change program, Breastfeeding promotion for patients, families, and staff
  • Essentia Health Sports Center for water filling stations and Rethink Your Drink campaign
  • Good Samaritan Society Hospice & Bethany for implementation of MOB falls prevention promotion county wide
  • Ideal Green Market for Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) promotion & education at local food coop
  • Lord of Life Church for healthy eating promotion including enhanced breastfeeding mother’s room for staff and church members, active living promotion including walking challenges, evidence based program offerings including NDPP and MOB, and tobacco reduction efforts for youth and adults
  • Lutheran Social Services Meals on Wheels for incorporation of healthy freezer option meals
  • MN Adult and Teen Challenge for a community garden for clients
  • Northland Arboretum for community gardens helping to promote the works of the Gardening 101 classes for youth, as well as healthy eating promotion for the aging population
  • Pointway Church for a community garden for local church and community members, NDPP promotion
  • Port Group Homes for a community garden and healthy eating promotion for youth
  • The Center for active living promotion for aging population and night lights to support the county wide efforts of MOB falls prevention offerings
  • The City of Brainerd for bike fixing stations and comprehensive planning support for health and wellness promotion efforts
  • The Dangerzone Rocksteady Boxing for balance and strength for Parkinson’s patients through MOB falls prevention promotion


  • Bethany Good Samaritan Society for healthy snack stations
  • CLOW Stamping for healthy vending and Rethink Your Drink campaign
  • Crow Wing County Breastfeeding Coalition for Breastfeeding Friendly recognition campaign  geared toward workplace wellness efforts.
  • Crow Wing County community services, highway department, judicial, and land services for healthy snack stations
  • Crow Wing Power for active living promotion for staff, NDPP implementation, and resiliency building
  • Good Samaritan Society Hospice for healthy vending and Rethink Your Drink campaign
  • MN DOT for active living promotion in the workplace
  • The City of Pequot Lakes for Active living promotion

Crow Wing Energized is now accepting grant applications for 2018 Healthy Community Grants.
Organization criteria for applying includes serving or being located within Crow Wing County, including but not limited to: neighborhood, youth, or environmental groups; faith-based organizations; health care organizations; civic or citizens’ associations; economic development agencies; local government entities; local businesses; school districts and other similar groups. Applicants are not required to be incorporated 501(c)3 organizations.
Applicant projects need to align with the Crow Wing Energized guiding principles as well as Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) SHIP’s financial guide:
• Creating and sustaining a united approach to improving health and wellness in Crow Wing County.
• Collaboration toward solutions with multiple stakeholders (e.g. schools, worksites, medical centers) to improve community engagement and commitment focused on improving community health.
• Being anchored in evidence-based efforts around the greatest community good that can be achieved through available resources.
The Healthy Community Grants are made available through Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) funding that was awarded to Crow Wing Energized. Grant applications are reviewed by the Crow Wing Energized Community Leadership Team and Goal Groups:

Healthy Choices goal group develops sustainable strategies and encourages healthy choices by increasing access to healthy foods, increasing active living opportunities, and helping to promote and support the healthy environments.

Mental Fitness goal group encourages and equips citizens in achieving and maintaining mental fitness by building networks throughout the county for achieving resilience, increasing the practice of intentional choices to help reduce stress and anxiety, and educating our communities to increase the knowledge of mental fitness so it will help to make positive choices regarding their overall health.

Workplace Wellness goal group helps to create a healthy and energized workforce by increasing employee satisfaction, maximizing productivity, minimizing absenteeism, and helping to reduce health care costs.

Apply for a 2018 Healthy Communities Grant by visiting: Qualifying grants are provided on a first come basis. Application deadlines for Healthy Community grants are:

January 26, 2018
February 23, 2018
March 27, 2018  

Crow Wing Energized is a grassroots community movement led by Essentia Health and Crow Wing County Community Services to improve health and wellness in the community by making healthy choices essential. To learn more about Crow Wing Energized and what it’s community partners are currently doing, please contact Cassie Carey, Crow Wing Energized Coordinator at or 218-828-7443.

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