Aetna Foundation Announces 2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program

aetnapicAetna Foundation just announced their 2016 Cultivating Healthy Communities grant program. To empower whole communities to lead healthier lives, their programming is focused on five domains:

  • Healthy Behaviors
  • Community Safety
  • Built Environment
  • Social/Economic Factors
  • Environmental Exposures

There is one RFP for the year and Aetna expects to award up to $2 million in grants to organizations in the continental United States through this program.

USDA 2016 Funding Opportunity

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has announced that funding is available for the fiscal year 2016 Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) and Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). To find information on how to apply to these programs, please visit and Applications are due May 12, 2016.



Scholarship Deadline Feb. 29 for National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

The National Farm to School Network is now accepting applications for scholarships to the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, which will take place in Madison, Wis., June 2-4, 2016. This event is the top national training and networking event for farm to cafeteria professionals working to improve community health, build economic opportunities for farmers and producers, and ensure long-term sustainability for local food efforts nationwide. To ensure the conference reflects the full diversity of the movement, scholarships are prioritized for farmers, farmer support organizations, youth (through age 22), persons of color, food service professionals, farm to college/hospital practitioners, and early care and education providers.

Don’t delay! Scholarship application are due Feb. 29 at 5pm ET. Learn more and submit your application at

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY | Invest Health: Strategies for Healthier Cities

Invest Health is a new initiative that brings together diverse leaders from mid-sized U.S. cities across the nation to develop new strategies for increasing and leveraging private and public investments to accelerate improvements in neighborhoods facing the biggest barriers to better health. The program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Reinvestment Fund.

This initiative was developed to provide an opportunity for mid-sized cities to transform the way local leaders work together to create solution-driven and diverse partnerships. These partnerships will emphasize making changes in low-income neighborhoods to improve resident health and well-being. These changes can focus on increasing access to quality jobs, affordable housing, and nutritious food, and reducing crime rates and environmental hazards.

For more information on this funding opportunity, visit of Intent are due by January 29, 2016 at 5pm EST.