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OUR GRANTS

Somerset County is typically ranked as one of the "healthiest" counties in New Jersey, by the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

However, two towns in the County, Bound Brook and South Bound Brook, have challenges to good health because of current social, economic, and environmental conditions.

SANOFI GRANT

2021

Sanofi awarded "Building Bridges to Better Health" a $40,000 grant to improve health in Bound Brook and South Bound Brook by funding systemic, policy, and environmental changes. Initiatives include park enhancements, Complete Streets projects such as safer crosswalks, and economic revitalization efforts. BBBH also launched a mini-grant opportunity to foster civic engagement and community involvement in improving the social determinants of health.

NJHI CULTURE OF HEALTH GRANT

2016-2021

Seeking to improve health in Bound Brook and South Bound Brook, the Healthier Somerset coalition received a 4-year, $200,000 grant from New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI). It was extended for an additional year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant is part of NJHI's "Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey – Communities Moving to Action" initiative.

 

NJHI is the statewide grantmaking program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). NJHI strives to build a Culture of Health right here in New Jersey, the Foundation's home state, that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come.

RWJF EXPEDITED GRANT

2020

NJHI and RWJF created a short-term grant to support current grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The "Building Bridges to Better Health" initiative received $20,000 in supplemental funding to support COVID-19 prevention, food access, and Complete Streets implementation.

STUDENT AMBASSADORS FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH

2017-2020

4-H Youth Development Program and Middle Earth received a $200,000 grant from NJHI for "Student Ambassadors for Community Health". In this 3-year project, a total of 28 youth from Bound Brook and South Bound Brook, ages 15-20, implemented self-designed projects to make their communities healthier. They worked with coaches to learn about population health and develop leadership, citizenship, and collaboration skills. Their projects serve the community’s specific needs by addressing priorities from the Blueprint for Action.

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AARP COMMUNITY CHALLENGE GRANT

2018

The Healthier Somerset coalition received a "quick-action" grant of $8,700 from the AARP Community Challenge. These grants are intended to jumpstart progress to support community residents of all ages, for instance to "create vibrant public places in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities." The grant was used by the Student Ambassadors for Community Health to develop murals and a parklet.