Built Environment Grants
The Tennessee Department of Health's Office of Primary Prevention manages two built environment grant programs. These grants aim to increase access to safe and publicly-accessible places that provide opportunities for physical activity for a diverse group of users, including those who live, visit, work, play, worship, and learn in the community.
Rural Access to Health through Healthy Active Built Environments Grants
In 2017, Tennessee Department of Health made $10,000 of grant funding available to every rural county in Tennessee to increase publicly-accessible, physical activity-promoting built environment infrastructure. Counties embarked on a myriad of projects, including playgrounds, trails, walking tracks, and improvements to parks and greenspaces. A total of 106 projects were funded, including 62 new projects and enhancements to 44 projects already underway. Projects were supported by 266 organizational partnerships, and 53 projects were designed to accomodate users with disabilities.
Access to Health through Healthy Active Built Environments Grants
In 2017, the Tennessee Department of Health announced a competitive built environment grant program available to local governments, state government agencies, non-profits, and non-governmental organizations. The department awarded over $1.8 million in grants to 34 grantees across Tennessee. Two-thirds of the grant-funded projects are located in economically-distressed or at-risk counties, as defined by the TN Department of Economic & Community Development. Grantees are embarking on a diverse set of projects that include convening, programming, planning, and construction of built environment projects that promote physical activity. Funded projects include outdoor fitness equipment, greenway and trails construction, and creating greenspaces and recreation spaces such as playgrounds and walking tracks. Grant applications were received from 75 percent of Tennessee counties, totaling nearly $8 million in requested funding.