Special to 1808Delaware; By 1808Delaware

While Delaware County is a wonderful place to live for many reasons, its many opportunities for healthy living are key to that fact.

These opportunities are enhanced by programs such as the Delaware Public Health District’s Creating Health Communities (CHC) Mini Grant program, which awards partner projects across the county.

This year, the CHC program had four applicant organizations request funding for projects that reflect the interests and goals to promote active living around the county. This year’s opportunity exceeded expectations, with a substantial request for funding totaling $26,139. Due to a very dedicated pool of applicants and competitive project proposals, the review team took careful consideration to award the following projects:

  • City of Sunbury Built Environment Enhancements for Healthy Lifestyles $3,300
  • Liberty Township Drinking Fountain at Liberty Park $2,703
  • Ostrander Youth Athletic Association Walkway-Recreational Project $8,000
  • Village of Ashley New Park Development $5,997

The primary purpose of the CHC Mini Grant is to prevent and reduce chronic disease in Delaware County. Additional objectives of the program aim to increase health equity by improving access to healthy foods and increasing opportunities for engagement in physical activity through collaboration, partnerships, and community engagement. The CHC funds also function to further the mission of the Partnership for a Healthy Delaware County (The Partnership) in supporting the implementation of the 2023-2028 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), and subsequent Delaware County CHIP cycles.

For more information about the CHC program or ways to get involved with The Partnership or the Delaware County CHIP, please contact Josie Bonnette at JBonnette@delawarehealth.org.

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