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Washington County Community Foundation accepting applications for public health grants

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

WASHINGTON, Kan.— The Washington County Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications to the Kansas Health Foundation Fund for Washington County. Online grant applications are due Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Last fall, Annie Yungeberg, USD 108 Preschool teacher, was awarded a community foundation health grant to help teach her students the importance of healthy eating. Yungeberg used the funds to buy a small refrigerator for her classroom, along with healthy snacks purchased from the local Kier’s Thriftway. Students were able to try fresh foods like raw green beans, mushrooms, pears, mixed nuts, celery, avocado, tomato, cabbage, prunes, tuna, yams, radishes, zucchini, blackberries and cucumbers.

“The kids were able to experience seeing and tasting new foods. We talked about how, sometimes, it takes many tastes to like something, so we should try it each time!” said Yungeberg. “Without this grant, I would not have been able to provide all these tasting and learning experiences. I could have never offered them such an experience without this money.”

Making smoothies with yogurt, berries and spinach. Each child got to help!

This year, more than $3,000 in grant funding is available to promote and protect the health and well-being of Washington County residents. This includes preventative programs, like the preschool healthy snack project, that encourage healthy lifestyles, behaviors and environments. Grants are not intended to fund healthcare or programs for those who are already ill.

Grants are limited to communities in Washington County and will be awarded through a competitive application process. Nonprofit organizations, government and public entities, educational institutions and churches are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on October 1. Detailed grant criteria and application instructions are available online at www.washingtoncountycf.org/search-apply-for-a-grant.