Community Orgs Grants

Mayo Clinic ‘Hometown Health’ Grants Available to Regional Nonprofits

funds support initiatives addressing mental health, chronic disease, other issues

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For the sixth year, Mayo Clinic Health System is offering its Hometown Health Grant program, which is designed to boost projects that will improve the health of communities in Northwest Wisconsin. The grant application is open to nonprofit organizations in Barron, Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix, and Trempealeau counties.

The Hometown Health Grant program supports innovative efforts to:

  • Improve mental health, with an emphasis on strengthening community mental health services and suicide prevention.
  • Prevent obesity and reduce chronic disease, with a focus on reducing food insecurity and increasing public access to physical activity.
  • Reduce alcohol misuse and substance abuse, with an emphasis on engaging youth.
  • Champion equity, diversity, and inclusion, with an aim of advancing conversations in the community and engaging rural populations.

Grant awards generally range from $5,000 to $20,000, with a maximum of $25,000. Grant awards are made for projects that demonstrate exceptional local significance and impact. In the 2019-2020 seasons, $180,000 was issued in grants to 10 nonprofit organizations from across Northwest Wisconsin.

“Research demonstrates that where people live, work, and play affects their life expectancy, stress levels, and incidence of chronic diseases,” says Sara Carstens, director of Community Engagement and Wellness for Mayo Clinic Health System. “We’ve had the opportunity to support projects that have shown significant impact on top local community health needs.”

For a complete list of application requirements and to apply, visit Applications are due by April 30.