Winter Park Health Foundation to Award Grants Supporting Health Programs in Faith Communities

The Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) announces the availability of grants of up to $7,500 to support the development of health programs in faith community settings.  These grants are part of a comprehensive $500,000 initiative launched by WPHF in June 2010 to support faith communities interested in promoting whole person health in Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville.

Faith community health programs promote spiritual, physical, or emotional health.  The programs help people understand the connection between faith and health, and assist the congregation in its mission to promote abundant and full life for its members. The goal is for people of all ages to adopt healthy lifestyles and become better informed so they can make healthier life choices. This will result in healthier communities and an improved, sustainable quality of life for our local residents.

The spiritual nature of faith communities makes them uniquely equipped to support the health and wholeness of their members, whether it is through faith community nurses or other programs designed to meet the specific needs of the community.

By awarding these grants, WPHF hopes faith communities can develop programs and activities that encourage whole person health by promoting healthy behaviors for all ages, social engagement of older adults, health education and by providing support for disease management. The goal is a healthier community for all with support from all.

Grant funding criteria:

a)   Funding can be used to support the development of health programs.  Health programs promote spiritual, physical, or emotional health, often referred to as “Whole Person Health.”  

b)   The objective(s) of the health programs should be one or more of the following:

  • To promote healthy behavior among all populations
  • To promote social engagement of older adults
  • To educate on health topics
  • To address issues relating to physical, emotional or social aspects of health
  • To address health promotion, disease prevention or disease management issues

Who can apply?

While all communities and neighborhoods have health concerns deserving attention, only faith communities with a membership including strong representation from Eatonville, Maitland and Winter Park, Florida, are eligible to apply.  The faith community does not need to be located within the city/town limits of those areas, but it must draw a significant number of members from those communities (zip codes for Eatonville, Maitland, Winter Park are 32789, 32792 and 32751).

Faith communities must also:

• Be not-for-profit organizations, with Articles of Incorporation and exemption from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3)

• Have filed a current or prior year IRS Form 990 or 990EZ

• Have current year-to-date financial statements and current fiscal year budget

How much funding available?

Grants are available to support programs of short duration or up to one-year in length.  Programs must begin in 2011.  Grants are expected to be in the range of $500 – $7,500. 

When is the proposal due?

Important Dates in the Application Process:

•        Invitations to apply issued – Friday, July 22, 2011

•        Optional Question and Answer Conference Call: Friday, July 29, 11:00 a.m.  Call 1-888-537-7715 and use Participant Code:  79199438 to participate in this call.

•        Proposals due to WPHF – Friday, August 19, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

•        Grant awards announced – Friday, September 2, 2011

Examples of health programming eligible for grant funds:

Educational workshops and health fairs that promote health and are focused on nutrition, exercise, emotional health, relationships, stress management, weight loss, brain health, depression recovery, health education, women’s health issues, men’s health issues, self-advocacy

  • Teen Health – Self-Esteem, drug education, abuse
  • Healthy Lifestyles Coaches
  • Telephone Companionship and Education –
  • Safety – Driving, bicycle, pedestrian, childhood safety, domestic violence, child and elder abuse, home safety, disaster preparedness for vulnerable populations
  • Chronic disease management – Health care navigation / transition care; caregiver support classes
  • Health Ministry Team Building– Courses that help church leaders develop  health as a ministry of the church
  • Training and coordinating volunteers – Grief and loss support, Stephen’s Ministry
  • Development of a Community Garden
  • Elder Care – Falls Prevention
  • Transition support – Support given to patients when they move from one phase of disease or treatment to another, such as from hospital care to home care. It involves helping patients and families with medical, practical, and emotional needs as they adjust to different levels and goals of care.
  • Caregiver support
  • Brain health
  • Health Ministry training and ongoing education for faith community staff members whose positions are at least 50% dedicated to health services


Let’s Move – In November 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move Faith and Communities

A Creation Health – a lifestyle transformation program designed to help people live life to the fullest by focusing on the eight universal principles of whole person health God originally gave at Creation.

Health Ministry Training and Team Building – Training and team building for a Health Ministry team:

The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging at NIH – An exercise and physical activity campaign designed to help individuals fit exercise and physical activity into their daily routines. .

National Council on Aging – Improving the lives of older Americans

Please feel free to contact us to discuss your ideas and inquire about specific qualifications.

Lisa Portelli, Program Director                       Diana Silvey, Program Director

Winter Park Health Foundation                     Winter Park Health Foundation

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Winter Park Health Foundation

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