Verdant now seeking childhood obesity prevention program applications

The Verdant Health Commission is now accepting funding proposals focused on childhood obesity. It is seeking programs or projects that address or prevent childhood obesity in South Snohomish County in one of the following areas:

  1. Promote Policies that Increase Access to Affordable, Healthy Foods
  2. Support Healthy Food and Beverage Choices
  3. Encourage Breastfeeding
  4. Encourage Physical Activity and Limit Sedentary Behavior
  5. Create Safe Communities that Support Physical Activity
  6. Encourage Communities to Organize for Change

In addition, Verdant will:

  • Consider applications from individual schools, daycare centers, or other sites with innovative ideas.  It would consider more than one application from organizations.
  • Eligible organizations would include non-profit and government organizations.
  • Programs must serve children and families in Verdant’s service area.

Award Size and Timing

  • Solicit proposals with a deadline of May 5, 2017 at 4 p.m.
  • Expected grant pool of $100,000 with a maximum award size of $25,000 per award. Grants could be allocated to be spent over 1-2 years.

Criteria Used to Evaluate projects:

  • Ability to demonstrate and measure specific results from the project. Strong preference for projects that can demonstrate improvements in health or wellness, rather than just raw activity numbers;
  • Programs tied to evidence-based practices;
  • Budget appropriateness and leverage other funding sources;
  • Sustainability;
  • Innovative practice or idea.

Application materials can be found on Verdant’s website: Questions may also be directed to George Kosovich at (425) 582-8572 or

The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, May 5, 2017 at 4 p.m. Verdant will hold an information session describing the funding availability on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 4-5 p.m. at the Verdant Community Wellness Center in Lynnwood (4710 196th Street SW, Lynnwood). Applicants are not required to attend the information session to apply for funding. In addition to this opportunity, Verdant continues to accept applications for its multi-year and one-time health and wellness programs on an ongoing basis.


About Verdant

Verdant funds a wide range of programs that empower people in South Snohomish County to make healthy decisions and get the care they need to stay well. For nearly half a century, we served the needs of our community by managing the local community hospital. We are now focused on investing in innovative programs that make a lasting impact on the health and well-being of South Snohomish County residents, with many free or low-cost education and prevention classes taking place at the Verdant Community Wellness Center in Lynnwood.