For the third year, Mayo Clinic Health System is pleased to offer its Hometown Health Grant program to help improve the health of communities in northwest Wisconsin. The grant application is open to nonprofit organizations in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix and Trempealeau counties.

The Hometown Health Grant program supports innovative efforts that help to prevent and reduce obesity (with an emphasis on children), reduce and help manage chronic conditions, and impact mental health and well being. Annually offered to recipients is a total of $25,000. Grant funding can be used to launch new projects or improve existing projects. For a complete list of application requirements, visit the Hometown Health Grant page at mayoclinichealthsystem.org.

“We are thrilled to invest funds into community health improvement efforts through this competitive grant process,” says Sara Carstens, Community Engagement & Wellness director. “We’ve had the opportunity to support programs focused on creating healthier communities across northwest Wisconsin. We look forward to building additional partnerships that make a lasting impact.”

Last year, $200,000 was issued in grants to 11 nonprofit organizations that targeted work in the areas of nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease prevention.

To apply, submit a letter of intent by 4 p.m. March 3. Mayo Clinic Health System will conduct a review and invite those selected to complete a formal application.