The Wellmark Foundation grant applications available

DES MOINES ? The Wellmark Foundation is now accepting applications for its small Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grants.

Applications are due by 12 a.m. on June 8. The small match grants are for up to $25,000 and must be matched at 50 percent.

These grants support promising projects that can help individuals, families and communities achieve better health.

Examples of sustainable grants or projects that continue after The Wellmark Foundation grant funding ends include:

? Improving access to locally sourced foods by establishing or improving infrastructure of farmers markets and establishing or improving community gardens

? Supporting connections between local food systems and health by advancing the efforts of local, multicounty or statewide food policy councils

? Improving nutrition in school settings with farm-to-school programs, healthy vending and lunchroom redesign to encourage consumption of healthy foods

? Advancing active transportation concepts with safe routes to school projects, walking school busses, community walking audits and adding bicycle parking

? Promoting trail development and regional trail-planning efforts, promoting pedestrian, bicycle or trail master plans and actual trail construction

? Providing safe, accessible venues for physical activity in a community