2019 Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities Program

The Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program is now accepting applications for awards for eleven grantee communities in 2019. The Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program provides tailored technical assistance for eleven communities to develop Safe Routes to Parks action plans and awards $12,500 to each community to begin implementation of those plans.

From February through September 2019, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership will provide training, individualized consultation and technical assistance, peer community learning exchanges, an in-person workshop in their community, and grants of $12,500 each to develop and begin to implement Safe Routes to Parks action plans. At the end of the grant period, awardees will have a customized action plan to improve safe, equitable local park access that includes ideas for how to fund and sustain their efforts and will have implemented at least one action from the plan.

Find more information about the program and instructions on how to apply.

Stories Can Save Lives (and Win!)

Preparedness contest

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is calling for young people to submit a creative 60-second video showing how they help others stay safe and resilient.  Submissions can gain national recognition and win cash prizes. To widen the initiative’s impact, participants are encouraged to share their videos on social media with the hashtag #WatchMePrep.

If you’re between the ages of 14 and 23, send a short video—up to 60 seconds long—that answers the question, “How are you helping family, friends, and community protect their health during disasters and every day?” Whether it’s volunteering in a health center or with your local Medical Reserve Corps Unit, learning first aid skills, developing an emergency plan, preparing an emergency kit, or anything else you’re doing to keep your community healthy and resilient, they want to see it. Tap into your creative side. Form a team if you want. Your video could be used to inspire others to help their communities prepare for disasters and emergencies.

Submission Dates : Jan 04, 2016 – Mar 29, 2016
Public Voting Dates : Apr 11, 2016 – Apr 22, 2016
Judging Dates : Apr 25, 2016 – Apr 29, 2016
Winners Announced: May 09, 2016

Visit My Preparedness Story Video Challenge for more information.