HEAL Mini-Grants

Dillon County HYPE team member using the new water fountain.

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The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, awarded Wholespire a grant to promote the health of South Carolina’s economically challenged population. Our method of achieving community health improvement connects policy, systems and environmental (PSE) changes to healthy eating and active living (HEAL). This sustainable method means modifying the environment to make healthy choices practical and available to all community members. By changing policies and shaping physical landscapes, a significant impact can be made with little time and resources.

What is the HEAL Mini-Grant?

The HEAL Mini-Grant is a funding opportunity designed to support healthy eating or active living projects focused on policy, systems, and environmental change in community health. Our grants can serve as seed money for new projects, help progress existing ones, or provide the final push to complete ongoing initiatives. Our staff are here to support grantees throughout their journey. We offer guidance in executing projects, troubleshooting issues, and fostering connections with other local community health initiatives.

Who’s eligible to apply?

Organization Status

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Municipalities, coalitions, or schools are also eligible to apply. If the applicant is not a 501(c)(3), they can use a fiscal agent that qualifies.

Focus Area

All grant proposals must be related to healthy eating and/or active living and implement or support a policy, systems, or environmental change project.


The project ideas must be ready to be implemented and completed within 9 months of receiving funding.

Health Equity

An application that clearly outlines how the project will address health equity in your community is recommended.

June 3, 2024
Application opens
July 17, 2024
Application deadline
September 6, 2024
Awardees notified
May 1, 2025
Grant period ends
June 1, 2025
Final reports due

Do you have questions about your project proposal? Request a pre-application consultation with us to discuss potential projects and receive advice on your application. Contact us at info@wholespire.org.

We make it easier for people with disabilities or those with limited internet access to apply. You may request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to apply for a mini-grant. You can request reasonable accommodations by contacting us at info@wholespire.org.

Types of Projects

We support communities by offering them tools and resources to create opportunities for equitable access to healthy food and safe places to be active because the choices we make are influenced by the choices that we have. Examples of the types of PSE projects we fund are:

Increase opportunities for community members, students, employees, or devout individuals to make healthy choices.

Examples include establishing or promoting SNAP/Healthy Bucks at the farmers market and creating a sustainable food-gleaning station at the local recreation center.

Increase opportunities for community members, students, employees, or devout individuals to engage in physical activity and spend more time outdoors.

Examples include installing water bottle refill stations and improving playgrounds at school or in community parks, supporting active communities with bike racks and crosswalks in destination areas, and supporting community trails by adding signage, benches, trash cans, and extra features like a Story Walk or Born Learning Trail.

Support youth engagement through The HYPE Project®, which will implement a PSE project.

Learn more about HYPE!


HEAL Mini-Grant Success Stories

Oconee County Students, Community Get Active Pathways  

Learn how Tamassee-Salem Elementary used a HEAL Mini-Grant to integrate physical activity into the daily lives of students.

Students at SC School for the Deaf and Blind get safe, open space to be active

An old, unsafe tennis court on the school campus has been repaved and turned into a free-play zone.

CareSouth organizes community gardens to fight food insecurity in Society Hill

Driving 30-45 minutes to buy groceries is a burden for Society Hill residents. CareSouth and community volunteers are changing that with a HEAL Mini-Grant.

City of Clinton, YMCA and others partner to feed the community

Residents in Clinton and its surrounding areas have limited opportunities to get nutritious food. Local leaders are changing that with the help of a HEAL Mini-Grant.

The City of West Columbia will fulfill residents’ requests for bike racks

With a HEAL Mini-Grant, the addition of bicycle racks will complement the connectivity of West Columbia’s parks, trails, and bike lanes and provide cyclists with a safe way to temporarily store their bikes.

From school playgrounds to community gardens, Wholespire awards mini-grants to 13 communities across the state

Wholespire experienced a 111% increase in mini-grant applications. Find out who’s getting a HEAL Mini-Grant.

Project Discovery Palmetto Trail: Increasing physical activity through outdoor family connection

Wholespire Richland County uses HEAL Mini-Grant to improve the use of The Wateree Passage of the Palmetto Trail in Eastover.

Marion County Library Connects Literacy to Active Living with Storyscape Project

There’s a cool feature at the Marion Hike and Bike Trail created by the library at the onset of COVID-19. They applied for a HEAL mini-grant to make Storyscape weather-resistant and last longer. Learn about their Storyscape project.

HYPE Success Stories

Motivate local teens to lead a civic action project through The HYPE Project®

Are you interested in hosting a Healthy Young People Empowerment (HYPE) team to increase access to healthy choices in your community?

Pickens County leader looks back on HYPE experience 10 years later

We caught up with Pickens County resident and one of the first HYPE adult advisors in the state Cathy Breazeale for the 10th anniversary to learn about her experiences with The HYPE Project.

YPD youth address food deserts and access through their churches

Teens are becoming influencers of healthy change in their churches, thanks to their garden projects.

Teens use health-related policies to support HEAL at church

When teens lead the policy charge, encouraging adult leaders to adopt health-related policies can be simple.

Linking youth and congregations to PSE change for a greater outcome

Youth advocates hold the key to creating healthier church environments and population health improvements.

HYPE team working to become Champions of Change

From pedestrian signs and flashing school lights to abandoned parks and community gardens, Laurens County youth are making changes to their community for the better.

Third Round of AME Churches get Funded for The HYPE Project

Eight AME churches were selected through a competitive application and review process to receive mini-grants and form church-based HYPE teams. Find out who they are!