In 2015, the UI College of Public Health inaugurated the Business Leadership Network (BLN) Community Grant Project to support projects, programs, and activities that build collaborations and support community well-being.
The purpose of the BLN Community Grant is to foster collaboration in Iowa communities in addressing areas of identified community health or public health need. The intent is also to begin or strengthen partnerships with business and industry and to link with the University of Iowa College of Public Health experts and resources in appropriate topical issues.
“We’re excited to support these locally initiated projects to improve community health,” says Edith Parker, dean of the College of Public Health. “The grant program is one way the college is partnering with communities and business leaders across the state to increase the well-being of Iowans.”
Small grants are awarded on a competitive basis to nonprofit organizations and local government entities in communities that are located within the state of Iowa. The grant program funds, in conjunction with an equal cash or in-kind match from another organization, will be used for public health-related initiatives and projects in the recipient communities.
Additional support from the UI Provost’s Office of Outreach and Engagement, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, and the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust is funding the community grant project.
2019 Grant Awards
The following seven recipients will receive cash grant awards of up to $3,000:
- Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, Mason City
- Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way, Fort Dodge
- Lee County Health Department, Fort Madison
- Living Proof Exhibit, Davenport
- Muscatine Center for Social Action, Muscatine
- North Fayette Valley Community Coalition, Elgin
- Siouxland District Health Department, Sioux City
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Learn more about the Business Leadership Network.