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American Heart Association to offer Community Action Grants

Published: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

Local nonprofit organizations can apply for Community Action Grants up to $5,000 through the American Heart Association.

The goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of the community; and to help the AHA reduce cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent.  

Projects must be open to the public and broadly serve and impact the community. They should not be limited to members of a specific organization. They should focus on one or more of “Life’s Simple 7” outlined on, obesity, blood pressure, cholesterol, physical activity, blood sugar, nutrition and quitting smoking; or one of AHA’s strategic focus areas, advocacy, CPR and first aid, quality and systems improvement and health equity. 

AHA encourages innovative approaches; the use of social media and networking strategies to reach the intended audience; the use of American Heart Association tools and resources; and collaboration between non-profits or between non-profit and for-profit entities. The grant, however, can only be awarded to a nonprofit partner. 

Areas for funding include educational materials, preferably AHA materials; equipment or supplies that are consumable or go home with participants; instructor reimbursement if matching funds also are provided by the institution or registration fees; promotional expenses; printing and copying; telephone; travel expenses or mileage, which is 14 cents per mile; office supplies; and postage and shipping.

Areas not allowed include bricks, mortar and building materials; indirect costs, including administrative overhead; equipment, such as television and audio-visual equipment, computer equipment, hospital equipment and CPR mannequins or equipment – with the exception of CPR Anytime kits and AED equipment. 

Applications must be submitted electronically to by 5 p.m. Feb. 14.

Go to to download an application.

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