The Penobscot Bay YMCA announced a request for applications for mini grants on behalf of Action Communities for Health, Innovation and EnVironmental ChangE (ACHIEVE).

ACHIEVE is one of Y-USA’s three Healthier Communities Initiatives, which also includes Pioneering Healthier Communities and Statewide PHC. All three community-based initiatives empower local stakeholders to implement policy changes that improve physical activity and nutrition and reduce tobacco use.

“The purpose of this ACHIEVE Mini Grant opportunity is to support organizations and businesses located within, or serving Rockland, Maine, in making health and wellness policy changes that provide easy access to healthy, active lifestyles throughout the community in our homes, at our schools, in our workplaces and at our parks, trails, paths and streets,” said Pen Bay Y Executive Director Troy Curtis in a news release.

Up to $3,000 to fund efforts to make health and wellness policy change will be offered to a minimum of five successful applicants, totaling $15,000. In order to be eligible, applicants must propose a plan that will create policy, systems or environmental-level changes that will increase access to health and wellness opportunities in its organization or business. The policy change should align with the vision statement of ACHIEVE: To empower individuals and catalyze organizations to be a model community that values and embraces the healthy choice as the first choice through collaborative education, policy and initiatives. The mini grant submission deadline is Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. with award notification on Dec. 22.

A one-hour mandatory participation Information and Resource Session will be provided on two available dates at the Rockland Congregational Church. The first will be Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. and the second on Friday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. Grant applications will be made available at these two sessions. More information can be obtained by emailing George Mueller, mini grant coordinator, at mba3948@gmail.com.

ACHIEVE is a partnership between local communities and national organizations, including Ys, state and local health departments, and parks and recreation departments, joined in a national movement to create healthier places to live, work, learn and play.