Thursday, July 22, 2010

Federal grant to target tobacco, obesity in Missouri

The Missouri Foundation for Health has been awarded a $2 million federal grant to reduce obesity and tobacco use in low-income communities.

The nonprofit foundation was one of 11 selected nationally to receive the first-ever Social Innovation Fund grants. The money comes from a federal agency known as the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The program uses federal grants to leverage additional private money. The Missouri Foundation for Health plans to add some of its own money to the $2 million grant, then distribute the funds to up to 20 other nonprofit groups across the state.

Those local nonprofits also will have to put up matching funds. The federal grant is expected to result in an $8 million program in Missouri.


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