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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 8, 2006
Mary Ann O’Garro, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services, 360-786-5581 Ext. 17038

Grant Money Available for Active Communities Projects

​Olympia- Continuing efforts to encourage healthy lifestyles, the Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Department is making grant funding available for neighborhood-based projects that support walking and bicycling.  A total of $50,000 is being provided to support collaborative projects that will create more active-friendly residential areas within Thurston County .

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to eligible organizations that propose ways to: 

  • Create neighborhood-based walking or bicycle clubs that offer physical activity programs to area residents.
  • Add features or enhancements to neighborhoods that improve the ability of area residents to live a more active lifestyle.

Grant funds are available through the Steps to a Healthier WA in Thurston County program, administered by the Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Department in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health.  Funding will be awarded through a competitive process.  Interested parties must follow application guidelines to apply.

Application materials and detailed information can be found on the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services website at www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/steps

Interested parties may also call Mary Ann O'Garro at 360-786-5581 Ext. 17038.

The deadline for Active Communities grant applications is March 3, 2006.

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3