Try This awards mini-grant to FAM


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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Try This W.Va. has awarded the Fun Active Mingo (FAM) Network a mini-grant to be used for the purpose of hiring a full- time VISTA worker to organize student- led physical activity challenges at three local schools.

Try This West Virginia has awarded $105,600 to local teams in 34 counties for 55 healthy-community projects for 2016-17. In the past three years, the group has distributed more than a quarter of a million dollars ($283,810) for 153 projects statewide.

Try This was created in 2014 when a statewide coalition of groups decided to join forces to “help knock West Virginia off the top of the worst health lists,” to quote the group’s mission statement. ​

Mingo County has been awarded Try This mini-grants to help fund past projects. According to the Try This website, a mini grant was awarded for projects in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

The website explains that in 2014-15, a mini grant was awarded by Try This to support the Bike Friendly Matewan project. The goal of the project was to enable the town to take steps toward becoming a Nationally Certified Bike Friendly Community.

According to the website, Try This awarded another mini- grant for 2015-16 to the Matewan Community Arts and Activity Center. The purpose of the project was to create a usable center to host various events and to combine an arts program and a physical activity equipment “library” to loan equipment such as hula hoops, jump ropes and bicycles to community members and visitors.

Try This grants range from $3,000 to $500. Local teams are required use the Try This grants to generate other local contributions. The 2015-16 Try This mini-grant teams finished the year with more than $9 in donations, contributions and volunteer work for every $1 they received from Try This.

“It’s amazing how far the teams can make a little seed money go when they know it’s going to help their community or kids,” said steering committee member Amanda Workman of the WV Community Development Hub, a Try This partner and mini-grant helper.

Try This partners include state agencies like the Office of Child Nutrition, Development Office and Bureau for Public Health, plus private groups such as the WV Food and Farm Coalition the WV Council of Churches, WVU Extension, and KEYS 4HealthyKids. Funders include the Office of Child Nutrition, Development Office, Bureau for Public Health and every major West Virginia foundation, including the Benedum and HighMark foundations, the Sisters of St. Joseph, the McDonough Foundation and others.

For more information on Try This visit http://trythiswv.com/minigrants/.

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