In 2008, The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) recognized the need to fund and support community based activities that addressed our mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. In 2010, reacting to the increasing childhood obesity rates around the country the Community Impact Grants began to target its funding to improving the cardiovascular health of young people. Since its inception Community Impact Grants have funded 22 diverse community programs, 17 of which were focused on the health education of young people. The community reach of these diverse programs is in excess of 50,000 people and they have been awarded more than half a million dollars in the past 5 years.
This year the focus will be in the areas of Physical Activity. Physical Activity is defined as a project or program which is focused on increasing the physical activity of a group/groups, community, or those who trains physical activity leaders/instructors and/or contributes to a system change in the five boroughs of NYC.
The Community Impact Grant is seeking to award organizations with a strong track-record, leadership and the largest community impact in one or more of these focused areas. Grants will also be determined according to the community reach of each program.