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Need A Little Seed Money?

One way to help communities become healthier is through a little “seed” money, as small investments can lead to big changes.

Mini Grant Image^ 2020 LHCC Mini-Grantee Market Umbrella/ Crescent City Farmers Market adapted their market operations to include safe home delivery of local produce during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo taken by Katie Sikora Photography.

Think of smoke-free signs, better lighting for a park trail so people feel comfortable walking at night, or even a crosswalk that allows people to safely cross a major thoroughfare. That’s why LHCC is offering grants to communities

To apply, please read through the grant information packet, fill out the grant form, and then submit your project proposal to

For a brief training on the types of intervention we aim to fund, please Register and Enroll in the course "Action for Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change: A Training.”

The Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition (LHCC) fights death and disease, by going after the two biggest causes of chronic disease: tobacco and obesity. 

One way to help communities fight those factors is through a little “seed” money, as small investments can lead to big changes. That’s why we are excited to announce in this round of grants that it will be awarding grantees $1,000 to $3,000 for obesity-related projects increasing access to healthy foods, including fruits and vegetables, for communities experiencing poor health. 

LHCC seeks to fund innovative ideas doing the above through policy, system, and environmental (PSE) change approaches. What do we mean by PSE? Check out our explanation and examples* of fundable projects below.

Policy & System Change

Definition: Policy and system change often work together to change processes or rules of an organization, institution, or system.


Environmental Change

Definition: Physically changing the environment. Environmental changes are best implemented when backed by a policy.


  • Establish infrastructure to support storage (refrigerators, freezers) or distribution (transportation costs) of fresh or frozen produce for a local food pantry, or other community organization. (Organization should also consider adopting a policy to stock fresh or frozen produce.)

  • Start or expand a community garden. (Organization should also consider policies to ensure space maintenance and use of what is grown.) 

  • Plant fruit trees or an orchard in public spaces. (Organization should also consider policies to ensure space maintenance and use of what is grown.)

*This list is not comprehensive of all fundable projects. LHCC grant funds CANNOT be used to purchase food.

Many PSE changes include combinations of policy, systems and environmental change. To learn more about PSE change, visit

As part of building a healthy community, 2020-2021 grantees will be connected to resources to help implement a tobacco-free policy at their proposed project site if it doesn’t currently have one. 

To Apply

Choose ONE option to apply: (1) Submit using our online application submitted though Google Form OR (2) our fillable form submitted though email to

Important Dates:
  • Applications Open: Monday, November 9, 2020 at 9 am

  • grant Info Session and Q&A: Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 2 pm - Click here to register!

  • Applications Due: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 11:59 pm

  • Applicants Notified: Friday, January 15, 2021 

  • Funds Received: No later than Friday, February 5, 2021

  • Project Completion Deadline: Monday, May 31, 2021

Basic FAQ

How many applications will be funded?
We anticipate funding about five (5) applications.

Why is LHCC only funding food systems projects this year?
While LHCC is funded through Tobacco-Free Living and CDC, our CDC funds are limited to obesity prevention by increasing access to healthy foods. We hope to fund tobacco and built environment projects in the future. grantees will be connected to resources to help them implement a tobacco-free policy at their proposed project site should a tobacco-free policy not yet exist. 

What are past examples of funded projects?
Check out this farmers market project we funded in Central Louisiana. For a list of other ideas, please see the top of this webpage. 

Who can apply for an LHCC grant?
Eligible organizations include non-profits (with 501c3 status), government entities (e.g. village, town, city, or parish governments), universities, schools, and other community-based organizations (e.g. community health centers, FQHCs, or churches). LHCC does not fund individuals, but they are welcome to partner with an eligible organization. 

What is a PSE change?
Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) changes are the "upstream" factors that can improve our health. You can visit to take the course "Action for Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change: A Training” and learn more. For our 2020-2021 grants, we’ve provided examples of fundable PSE projects at the top of this webpage. 

Can this funding be used to continue or expand existing projects (even from prior years)?
Yes. However, applications that are copy and pasted from the previous year's application will be disqualified.

Our grant application was not funded previously. Can we apply for this cycle?
Yes, complete a new application for consideration this grant cycle.

Are there any restrictions associated with this grant?
Yes, read our restriction document for more information about what is allowed.

How will my application be scored?
Your grant application will be scored on the following aspects:

  • Completeness of application

  • Innovation

  • Partnership building (collaboration with regional LHCC and/or other local coalition)

  • Alignment with LHCC values and mission

  • Community need 

  • Organizational capacity to execute project

  • Degree that proposal aligns with policy, system, or environmental change to improve access to healthy foods

  • Intervention’s impact for public good

  • Impact on health disparities

  • Sustainability of project beyond grant funding

  • Environmental friendliness

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