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     Project by project, we can create healthier communities …  and  have fun doing it!

Glenville group minigrant planners (1 of 1)

Calhoun and Gilmer county teams trading ideas and comparing minigrant notes at the conference. The Calhoun team will be creating a countywide wellness collaborative and the Gilmer group will be creating a playground for the Glenville grade school.


Try This Minigrants: 257 healthy-community projects funded  in 5 years!

Click on the list below to see the 55 healthy- community projects for 2018-19.


Here are the project lists, year by year!

Get ideas from what they did. Find people you can consult with!

2014-15 list  (42)

2015-16 list (53)

2016-17 list  (54)

2017-18 list  (53)

2018-19 list (55)


Each project is carried out by a team of people who represent at least three organizations in their community. All projects use the Try This funding as seed money to leverage other funds, community contributions, and volunteers.



Applying for minigrants:

Here’s how you can apply for up to $3,000 for your healthy community project!

Good news! The deadline for applications has been moved back to the end of July. So you will have about six weeks to consult with your team and create a dynamite application.


For now, read this basic info: How you can build a team and apply. Download the sheet to your computer to read.



* Here is the minigrant application. It will come up with a link to your computer files. Simply save it where you want it and look it over!


*How are applications scored? Here is the scoring sheet.


*Here is a downloadable powerpoint  that helps you fill out the application. It is dated 2015, but the info is the same.


* Want to look at what’s already been done in your community and choose a priority project? Here is the Try This checklist. You can download it to your computer.


The checklist does the most good if your group fills it out and discusses it together. It MUST be completed and submitted with the application.




A minigrant gives you much more than money …

* You get a Try This helper who will help you get past roadblocks and help your team brainstorm ways to use your Try This dollars to generate matching money and resources and volunteers.

Bridgeport Farmers Mkt POP club 5

More than 300 kids joined the POP Club (Power of Produce) at the Bridgeport Farmers Market last summer. Fun with veggies and fruit!

* You can get help from experts from the wide array of Try This partners who work with food and healthy activity projects.

*  You’ll build a healthy-community team.

* You’ll be eligible for a workshop to help your community start a multi-year healthy lifestyle plan, with your project as one step along the way.

*  You’ll gain skills as a community leader.

*  As your community team moves from project to project, you’ll become an active part of a statewide movement of West Virginians who arre determined to knock our state off the top of the worst health lists.



What do I have to do to be eligible? 


Try This minigrants and the Try This Web site “how-to” advice give local teams a way to start or expand healthy lifestyle projects. To be funded and eligible for helper support, your team must: Try This conf 2014 (7 of 7)

  • include people from at least three community organizations, businesses or groups, to ensure broad community support. No one-agency projects will be funded.
  • propose projects that help people build healthy habits. No one-day events.
  • send at least three members of your team to the conference
  • fill out the Try This long-range planning tool as a way to review a wide range of possible healthy lifestyle priorities for your community. The review lets you inventory what’s already done and prioritize new work.
  • pledge to set a good example with healthy food at your events

How can I get ideas and examples?

* The entire Try This Web site is a treasure chest of ideas and examples. See the index page and go from there!

*  See our idea sheets for popular projects, below, with estimated budgets and more detail than the Web page supplies.

* Click the links to minigrant lists at the top of the page to see what people have already done and find contacts in your area.


What are the reporting requirements?

Here are the minigrant application / reporting forms. Take a look.  It’s not hard if you keep up your statistics as you go along.

Mid-Year Report: Online

Final Report: Online

Important!  You will not be able to save and return to your report if you do it on the Try This site. You also can’t edit the report once saved. So we recommend downloading a digital version of the mid-year and final report forms so you can work on them at your leisure.

When you’re finished and satisfied with your report, copy and paste it into the online version. Here are two versions of the report forms you can download and edit: (Word doc) (Google doc).


Here are some model project ideas with detailed budget info:


Build a hightunnel greenhouse for a school or community use (two pages, complete with detailed materials list). You can do it for under $3,000!

* Page one       * Page two

Start a year-round community running/walking program for adults and kids.  $3,000 will get you well on your way. Contact Road Runner Clubs of America.

Start a Master Gardener program in your community!  WVU Extension can help you set up a program. People who are trained as master gardeners pledge to do community service, and they can help you do your project.  *  Page one      * Page two

Start a children’s raised-bed gardening program at school or in the community.  A minigrant gives you a great start!   * Page one

October 13-35

Children at Wood County’s Kanawha Elementary rock out every morning for a half hour before school.

Equip your school to keep kids more active before school and during class. Buy simple equipment – hula hoops, bouncy balls, push-up mats, jump ropes, etc. – that make it possible for your school to get kids moving before school every day, instead of just sitting around waiting for school to start!   * Page one    * Page two







 2017-18 Second Stage grants: $5,000 – $15,000.

Deadline for application: December 4, 2017, midnight.


These are grants for teams that have done well with minigrants and/or other grants and have proved they’re ready to tackle a more difficult project that expands opportunities for physical activity and/or fresh food – locally, regionally or statewide.  Click here for downloadable application form.

  • The application process will be very competitive. You are required to consult with us at least once so we can help you (see below). Suggestion: Schedule the consult well before you turn in the application.
  • For this grant, “community” means your local community, a multi-county or multi-town group, or the state of West Virginia. Collaborations among communities are encouraged.
  • Second Stage awardees will be expected to have an effective plan for evaluating success. We will ask awardees to participate in a training to maximize the impact of your project and evaluation plan.


How are Second Stage grants different from minigrants?

Bigger scope: Examples of fundable projects include:

  • a statewide,
  • regional, multi-community or a project that benefits a large number of people.
  • Communities helping communities: a mentoring arrangement in which your group helps other West Virginians get started or move forward (e.g. a community with a successful bicycling program mentors several communities that want to create programs). \
  • A new stage of an existing, successful project that significantly expands the number of people it reaches.
  • A pilot project that serves as a research project other communities can copy


Who is eligible to apply?

  • You must have a team that includes at least five members who belong to at least five community-based organizations. These organizations can be from more than one community. Preference will be given to applications that include people who do not do this work for a living.
  • At least three team members must have attended a Try This Conference.
  • Your lead partner must have been part of the team of a successfully-completed Try This minigrant recipient or have been a presenter at the Try This conference.
  • Your team must include a partner from an organization with 501(c)3 tax status. The money will be sent to that organization. In other words, a 501(c)3 must receive the funds.

Here are basic guidelines. Your project must:

  • make it easier for people in your community to increase opportunities to be physically active or easily get fresh food.
  • include a statement of economic development benefit. Research shows that healthy community work can make your community more attractive to economic development (A farmers market can generate revenue for local farmers, a walking trail can attract tourists and tourism, and a healthy child care center helps build a healthy future workforce).
  • match each grant dollar requested with at least $2 dollars in donations, in-kind contributions, or volunteer time. (We want your community to feel invested in this project.)  If you are asking for $10k, you need a $20k match. Match from several community sources is a positive thing.
  • be sustainable. One-time events or even one-year events will not be funded. Show us how this project will grow over time or make it possible for other projects to build on it.
  • cause people on the team – and others – to work together to achieve the goals. Proposals for equipment or infrastructure alone will not be funded. (Equipment can be part of the project, but the project is people working together to achieve the goals.


Before you submit, you must have at least one 30-minute consult with Kayla Wright and Ashley Starcher at ; or Ashley Starcher at Tip: Don’t wait till the last minute to schedule this. Our aim is to help you put together a proposal that meets guidelines, so you want to leave yourself time to revise if needed.

For more info and the Second Stage application, click here!


  1. I am wondering if it is possible to submit for a mini grant despite the fact that 3 team members did not attend the Try This Conference? I know of several nonprofits that would like to submit, including mine, the Mon River Trails Conservancy. Unfortunately for the past two years you have held the conference on the weekend of National Trails Day (first Saturday in June) and this is our biggest fund-raising event of the year.

    I hope that you will consider changing the conference date because I would love to attend and suspect their are other water trail and rail-trail organizations that are busy with events on that day as well.

    Thanks for considering it, Ella

    • Ella, what you do is partner with some people who CAN come, for instance people from Extension or Peggy Pings or other people who are related to whatever you want to do. You do not have to be at the conference to be on the minigrant team. But you do need to have three people from your team at the conference. In other words, your team can be more than three people. But everyone needs to be contributing!

  2. Town of Hamlin is very interested in this program

    • That’s great, Trina! The whole Web site is like a shopping guide to possible projects. Start thinking about getting together a team for the conference. If you or your team wants to brainstorm ideas, we’d be glad to help.

    • Trina Barrett–I am the coordinator for your county HSTA program. I would love to partner with Hamlin for a community project. You can reach me at 304-942-2014–HSTA Lincoln Co phone number. thanks Kelli Templeton

  3. cool website

  4. I need help! I head our park (Brooke Hills park, Wellsburg, WV) committee for additional amenities that are primarily designed for wellness. I am seeking assistance to to help us w/ the expenses of purchasing necessary equipment & upgrading our facilities. This can come from donations, grants, etc.
    Would you please offer some help.
    Thank you,
    Paul Bud billiard

  5. This looks wonderful. I am in Morgan County. I am wondering when is the conference in 2017?

    • The 2017 conference will be June 2-3. Registration will open here on Jan. 1!

    • Barbara, the 2017 conference is June 2-3 at West Virginia Wesleyan. Registration opens Jan. 1st! We’d love to have you there.

  6. Try This WV has been a great help in getting our project of creating a Multi-Purpose Park well on it’s way to becoming a real asset to our community. The Park upon it completion will encompass a large grassy area for Soft ball, soccer, volley ball, walking track, stage area for outdoor entainment, raised bed gardening and much more. Our goal is to supply an area for adults and children to get outdoors and become active while fellowshipping with one another. By working together on this project, we hope to develop long lasting relationships, of individuals working on heathier life styles, both phyicial and spritual. By involving our youth in it’s construction we help build the future with young strong leaders. Check out the LincolnCountyGo-getters4-Hclub on facebook.

  7. When is the next conference?

  8. When are mini grant applications due for 2018-2019? Where can I get information on the mini grants?

    • Applications are due July 9th by 9am. You can find information on the mini-grant page, application, checklist and score card. Make sure to watch the webinar that maps out our online application and the best tips and tricks for applying. Here’s the link to register: Make sure to register for this year’s conference. Three people must attend the conference to apply for a mini-grant. Don’t worry if you don’t have 3, every year people find partners at the conference.

  9. I am working with two youth sports league and was wondering if there are going to be scholarship this year?

  10. My name is Tess Myers with the Generations saved Project. I am not yet a 501c3. can My County Commission receive the minigrant if I am approved?

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