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Endeavor Foundation to Award $400,000 in Grants

June 25, 2013

Grant Application Launches Today to Support Healthy Eating, Active Living

Endeavor Foundation announced today that it is releasing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for $400,000 in available grants to support EnergizeNWA’s mission to increase access to healthy foods and physical activity in Northwest Arkansas. Government agencies, schools, school districts, nonprofits and other community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements and selection criteria are encouraged to apply.

The EnergizeNWA initiative was launched Jan. 31 at a summit that brought together 200 community leaders to discuss how to make Northwest Arkansas residents and families healthier and more active. The RFP is available at http://www.energizenwa.org and www.endeavorfoundation.net. Grant proposals will be accepted through Friday, August 9, 2013.

“At the EnergizeNWA summit, we heard many great ideas about the ways this community can work together to make the healthy choice the easy choice,” said Anita Scism, President and CEO of Endeavor Foundation. “Today marks one of the few times in our history that Endeavor has opened our grant application process in this competitive way. It’s our hope that we’ll receive proposals showcasing the solutions that hold the most promise for our region’s healthy future.”

The RFP focuses on a set of common goals reflecting input from the diverse community leaders at the recent summit. These goals—encouraging biking and walking as alternate transportation, increasing access to recreational facilities, expanding physical education activities for children, increasing availability/affordability of healthy foods and beverages, and pursuing initiatives that support healthy food choices—align with best practice recommendations from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Leadership for Healthy Communities, the Institute of Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“EnergizeNWA supports the vision of a Northwest Arkansas where healthy, affordable food is available in every neighborhood and every school cafeteria; where bicycling and walking become viable alternatives to driving; and where health and wellness activities are part of the fabric of everyday life,” said Dennis Smiley, President and CEO of Arvest Bank Bentonville and Chair, Endeavor Foundation Board of Directors. “Endeavor is excited to help put some of these transformative ideas into action with our 2013 grant cycle.” 

Endeavor will support programs, policies and infrastructure that increase access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities in Northwest Arkansas. Ideal applications will include multi-sector partnerships and a regional focus; support the needs of underserved populations; and help achieve progress toward long-term systemic change.  Endeavor is also looking to support new ideas, help expand existing work in new ways, and replicate best practices in Northwest Arkansas that have worked in other communities.

About Endeavor Foundation

Endeavor Foundation is a community foundation serving Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington Counties in Northwest Arkansas. As a public charity with approximately 80 separate funds totaling more than $160 million in assets, the Foundation provides flexible, tax-efficient ways for donors to invest in meaningful philanthropy throughout Northwest Arkansas. Since 1999, Endeavor Foundation and its donors have made more than 3,000 grants totaling more than $70 million.

The EnergizeNWA grant commitment for 2013 includes support from Care Foundation (Endeavor’s supporting organization), the EnergizeNWA Strategic Focus Fund, and the Convergence Partnership. The Convergence Partnership is a collaboration of funders who have come together with the shared goal of changing policies and environments to better achieve the vision of healthy people living in healthy places. Endeavor Foundation is the recipient of a National Innovation Fund grant from the Convergence Partnership Innovation Fund  to help advance EnergizeNWA.

About EnergizeNWA

EnergizeNWA is a community initiative that emerged from the Community Vitality pillar of the Greater Northwest Arkansas Development Strategy that included input from thousands of leaders on strategic focus areas key to the successful future of Northwest Arkansas. The mission of EnergizeNWA is to create community-led change by working with local partners to build a culture around—and environment supportive of—healthy eating and active living.

Contact Information & Interviews

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Jill Kaplan, VP, Strategy and Communications, Endeavor Foundation. Jill can be reached at jill@endeavorfoundation.net or by phone at (479) 361-4624 (office) or (502) 424-9566 (mobile).