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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grants can fund bicycle and pedestrian campaigns, programs and initiatives that increase physical activity.


CDC Releases Application for Hundreds of Millions in Prevention Funding

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Federal funds are available to promote healthy activity

in communities across America


Communities Putting Prevention to Work provides an important opportunity for bicycle and pedestrian professionals, advocates, and health officials, to act quickly to get your city or state to:
1. Apply for the funding (construction projects are NOT eligible);
2. Educate the health department about the range of bike/ped interventions that can be included in their application and action plan; and
3. Include your organization as a partner in the effort.

Lead Applicants:
Local and State Health Departments

Letter of Intent Deadline: October 30, 2009
Application Deadline: December 1, 2009

There are two recent opportunities for funding bicycle and pedestrian programs and promotions. Eligible bike/ped organizations should contact local and state Health Departments.

On September 17, 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new program: Communities Putting Prevention to Work. Thirty to forty communities will receive a total of $373 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) dollars through this competitive grant program to support interventions that reduce obesity (through improved physical activity and nutrition) and/or reduce tobacco use. Communities can apply for either focus area or both. This landmark opportunity is aimed at mobilizing community resources toward broad-based policy, systems, organizational and environmental changes. The application places an emphasis on communities demonstrating effective coalitions, and notes that special consideration should be given to the inclusion of populations disproportionately affected by chronic diseases.

On September 29, 2009 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of $120 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for prevention and wellness programs for U.S. states and territories, building on the recent announcement of the $373 million funding opportunity for communities and tribes around the country. In all, the comprehensive Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative will make $650 million available for public health efforts to address obesity, increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and decrease smoking.

America Bikes and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership have prepared a list of sample bike/ped activities that fit within the five categories of evidence-based interventions that are required as part of this CDC application. We encourage you to review these sample activities and assess which would work well in your community. Funds are available to make these projects a reality-so it is in your interest to work with your health department to develop the bike/ped aspects of the CDC application for obesity prevention, and to demonstrate how your organization can be a resource to them.

Act Now to Contact Your Health Department and City Officials: Now is the time to contact your health department and city officials to encourage them to apply, and to share your ideas on bike/ped interventions. Don't wait - health departments are making decisions now about whether to apply, and what to propose in their grant applications.

Application Focus:

The CDC Request for Proposals notes that the "key to the success of this initiative, Communities Putting Prevention to Work, will be to implement community-wide policies, systems, and environmental changes that reach across all levels of the socio-ecological model and include the full engagement of the leadership in city government, boards of health, schools, businesses, community and faith-based organizations, community developers, transportation and land use planners, parks and recreation officials, health care purchasers, health plans, health care providers, academic institutions, foundations, other Recovery Act-funded community activities, and many other community sectors working together to promote health and prevent chronic diseases. Funded programs need to build on, but not duplicate current Federal programs as well as state, local, or community programs and coordinate fully with existing programs and resources in the community."


CDC wants to see evidence of the five "evidence-based strategies" Media, Access, Point of decision information, Price and, Social support services" in both communities and schools

MEDIA can include:

Suggested Bike/Ped MEDIA Activities for Communities to include in CDC Grant Applications:

ACCESS can include:

Suggested Bike/Ped ACCESS Activities for Communities to include in CDC Grant Applications:


Suggested Bike/Ped POINT OF PURCHASE/PROMOTION Activities for Communities to include in CDC Grant Applications:

PRICE can include:

Suggested Bike/Ped POINT OF PURCHASE/PROMOTION Activities for Communities to include in CDC Grant Applications:


Suggested Bike/Ped SOCIAL SUPPORT & SERVICES Activities for Communities to include in CDC Grant Applications:


According to CDC the goals of the funding are to: "Reach across both components (community and school) is necessary to achieve behavior change in youth and to sustain healthy behavior into adulthood. Awardees will work from a prescribed menu of MAPPS strategies and interventions (referenced in recipient activities) and will be required to implement specific high priority interventions, including implementing comprehensive smoke free air policies, using evidence-based pricing strategies that discourage tobacco use, and/or limiting availability of unhealthy food and beverages. Awardees may also propose evidence-based interventions not listed within the prescribed MAPPS menu, but must provide a strong justification of how the proposed intervention will have sufficient reach and potential impact consistent with the short and long-term goals of the initiative. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide community programmatic support and tools to strengthen and develop effective strategies tailored to community needs."


For more information on funding ideas and case studies visit Safe Routes to School

See details at for Communities Putting Prevention to Work grants

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