Targeted Results

The goal of our investment in healthy eating and active living is for more people in Spartanburg County, SC to have access to healthy foods and to become more physically active. To achieve our goal, we invest in Programs & Services; Policies & Places; and Planning & Capacity Building.

The Foundation has three applications for healthy eating and active living grants. Please read each description carefully and select the application that best fits your organization’s proposal. NOTE: Clicking on one of the links below will create a NEW application. If you have already started an application, please refer to the Welcome email you received from the Mary Black Foundation to access the existing application.

1. Programs & Services help people access healthy foods and become more physically active – either for recreation or for transportation.

The results we seek are an increase in (1) the number of people who can access healthy foods and (2) who move from sedentary to active lifestyles. We will give priority to projects that:

  • Use proven-effective or innovative approaches that are grounded in healthy eating and active living research.
  • Target people at high risk of poor health outcomes due to sedentary living and lack of access to healthy foods.
  • Are of sufficient duration and intensity to make a difference in the health of its participants.
  • Clearly demonstrate how they will sustain the increase in people who are (1) more physically active and (2) have access to healthy foods.

2. Policies & Places have a direct impact on whether people have the opportunity to be active or have access to affordable, healthy foods. For example, a change in policies can lead to improved infrastructure, new funding mechanisms, or a shift in norms that increases the number of people walking or biking for transportation or increases community or school-based gardens.  Furthermore, having new or enhanced places to be physically active, like trails, bike lanes, recreation facilities, and parks, will increase the number of people who get active. Similarly, having new or improved outlets for the sale and distribution of healthy foods will increase the number of people consuming healthy foods.

The results we seek are (1) the presence of more specific policies that provide resources (venues, land, money, political will, media coverage, etc.) for active living and healthy eating and (2) more places created or improved that are used by people to (1) increase their activity and (1) access healthy foods. We give priority to projects that:

  • Clearly demonstrate sufficient community support to achieve the change in policy or place.
  • Increase the availability and affordability of fresh and healthy food through increased use of Supplemental Nutrition Program, increased number of community or school-based gardens, and farm-to-school programs, and an increase in the number of outlets for the sale and distribution of healthy foods.
  • Increase the connectivity among existing opportunities for physical activity.
  • Connect opportunities for physical activity with other destinations (places to shop, eat, work, etc.).
  • Encourage physical activity for transportation and recreation.

Clearly demonstrate the impact the change in policy or place will have on the number of people who are physically active or have access to healthy foods.

Apply for a Policies & Places Grant

3. Planning & Capacity Building for organizations that have as part of their core mission to increase access to healthy foods and/or increase active living. Investments in this area strengthen organizations so that they can achieve and sustain stronger results.

We give priority to projects that:

  • Clearly demonstrate how an investment in planning or capacity building will strengthen the ability of the organization to increase opportunities for active living and access to healthy foods.

Apply for a Planning & Capacity Building Grant