Eight local organizations recently received LiveWell Community Wellness Grants for projects that increase access to healthy food and make it easier for people in Douglas County to be physically active.
Here are the grantees and their projects:
City of Lawrence Parks and Recreation will install directional signage along trails that make up the Lawrence Loop.
Douglas County Housing, Inc. will provide fitness programming for seniors.
Eudora Schools Foundation will construct an Outdoor Wellness and Learning Center at Eudora Middle School.
Friends of Lawrence Area Trails will use funds to help launch a nonprofit that will raise funds and advocate for a vibrant local trails system.
K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County will lead a healthy corner store initiative to increase access to healthy foods in food deserts.
Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will work on improving safe routes to schools in the Pinckney School and Old West Lawrence areas.
The Lawrence Public Library Foundation will provide a garden seed library that will distribute thousands of seed packets in Douglas County.
Lawrence Public Schools will receive three grants. Liberty Memorial Central Middle School will receive support for its Smart Strength after-school fitness and health program. The school district will receive funding for a bicycle fleet for high school PE, indoor bike trainers and accessories for an adapted PE triathlon. It will also receive funding for expansion of school gardens.
LiveWell Community Wellness Grants are distributed each fall to Douglas County organizations through a competitive grant process. For more information, contact Lori Trenholm at firstname.lastname@example.org.