HEAL Mini-Grants

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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.

Types of projects we have funded

  • Improvements for schools’ outdoor activity spaces, such as water bottle refill stations, playground improvements
  • Support active communities with bike racks and/or crosswalks
  • Establishment or promotion of SNAP/Healthy Bucks at a farmers market
  • Support of a local HYPE team that will implement a PSE project
  • Support community trails, parks and playgrounds by adding signage, benches, trash cans, etc.
  • Add interest to existing trails by adding extra features like a Story Walk or Born Learning Trail

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.

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



Pre-Application Consultation

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.

Alternative Application for Individuals with a Disability or Limited Access

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 Kelsey Sanders at kelsey@wholespire.org.