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Active Living

To help cities plan for healthy communities

We bring a multidisciplinary approach to improving places where people live, work, learn, and play. We work with cities and partners to improve accessibility, quality of life, and health outcomes in Hennepin County.

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Funding for equipment to support biking, walking, and physical activity

Hennepin County's Active Living Program aims to make it easier to be active, especially in communities with health disparities. Funding is now available to help cities buy equipment that supports physical activity.

Eligible equipment

  • Biking and walking equipment (e.g. bike racks, benches, bike repair stations, and wayfinding signage)
  • Gear for free rentals (e.g. ice skates, cross country skis, bike fleets, life jackets) that supports equitable access to parks activities for BIPOC and low-income residents
  • Equipment to support access to healthy food (e.g. community garden beds, composters, fruit trees)

Who is eligible?

Applicants can include cities and government agencies within the Hennepin County Public Health jurisdiction (all cities except Bloomington, Edina, Minneapolis, and Richfield).

Application

Have questions or want to discuss equipment ideas? Contact denise.engen@hennepin.us.

Email completed applications to jacob.berger@hennepin.us.

Timeline

  • Application deadline: June 27, 2022
  • Items must be purchased by October 15, 2022

Funding

Up to $30,000 in total is available. Individual projects can request up to $5,000.

Funding and technical assistance for cities

The Active Living program provides funding and technical assistance to cities and government agencies to advance healthy communities, active living, and equity.

Who is eligible for assistance?

Applicants can include cities and government agencies within the Hennepin County Public Health jurisdiction (all cities except Bloomington, Edina, Minneapolis, and Richfield).

Types of projects

Funding and technical assistance are available to help with the following activities:

  • Conducting assessments and education related to bike and walkability
  • Improving biking, walking, or public spaces through demonstration projects or infrastructure changes
  • Developing plans or policies to support physical activity and create healthier communities
  • Engaging traditionally underrepresented populations in the design of public spaces and support for physical activity

Application

The application deadline was April 8, 2022.

Applications can be emailed to denise.engen@hennepin.us

Timeline

  • 2022 application deadline: June 27
  • Projects must be completed by October 2022

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Denise Engen
denise.engen@hennepin.us