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Grants available to help Broward 'BFit'

1/11/2019
 

Community Foundation of Broward offers 'BFit' grants to combat weight-related illnesses


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., --  (Jan. 8, 2019) – The Community Foundation of Broward has issued a call for grant applications for programs that empower Broward adults to take control of their health and prevent and reverse life-threatening weight-related illnesses.  Applications for “BFit” grants of up to $100,000 are due by Feb. 8, 2019.
 
According to Linda Carter, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward, 66 percent of Broward adults are overweight and one in every seven children in Broward is overweight or obese.  Carter cited the statistics from a 2015 Broward County Health Needs Assessment.
 
“National spending on weight-related illnesses costs more than $190 billion every year,” said Carter.  “Diseases related to chronic obesity are the second leading cause of death, behind cigarette smoking.  The obesity epidemic means today’s children are more likely to die at a younger age than their parents, the first time in the history of our country.  For the sake of our community, we must take bold action on this issue.”
 
Ten projects funded by Community Foundation of Broward during the past three years have helped more than 1,700 Broward residents make healthy choices and increase their activity levels.  The Foundation seeks to make a difference in the lives of more people by increasing funding in 2019 and adding more programs into the mix.
 
To qualify for support from the Community Foundation, potential projects must target adults with chronic health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  Programs must take place or target adults who live in a Broward “food desert,” as determined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The Foundation has determined that Broward neighborhoods marked by poverty are cut off from resources that promote wellness.
 
Online applications are being accepted through Feb. 8, 2019.  Multiple grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded in April, 2019.  To be eligible, applicants must be 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations providing services to Broward County residents.  City and county agencies are also eligible, if their projects demonstrate charitable intent.  Individuals are not eligible.  Here is the link to begin the online grant applications process: http://www.cfbroward.org/Issues-that-Matter/BFit
 
For more information about the BFit grants, please email Angelica Rosas, Grants Manager at the Community Foundation, at arosas@cfbroward.org or call 954-761-9503.
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