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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.


COVID19 cancelled the conference this year, but not the minigrants!

Try This awarded 31 minigrants in 2020!

Next opportunity: June 2021. Time to plan! 





Try This Minigrants: 347 healthy-community projects funded  in 7 years!

More than $750,000 awarded!

Click on the lists below to see the healthy- community projects for all years


Here are the project lists, sorted by counties!

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

2014-15 list

2015-16 list

2016-17 list

2017-18 list

2018-19 list

                                                2019-20 list


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!


Because of COVID19, this year is different in so many ways. There will be two rounds of minigrants, one in June and one in October. The deadline for the October round is October 18 at 12:00 midnight.   


When you apply, you will also be asked for your social distancing plan and for the name of at least one team member who is a potential new health leader in your community.


Here is the Word application.  You can download it and print it out.

And here is a Survey Monkey application (new). 

The Survey Monkey version makes it easy to submit, but, it will not let you close out and save. You have to paste the whole thing in at one sitting. So we recommend downloading the Word version, preparing your answers, revise them, then paste them all at once into the Survey Monkey.

There is also an online version of the Try This checklist (part of the application). 

For easiest submission, do the Word version first, then transfer answers to the online version.


The application form will ask you to supply 3 – 5 SMARTgoals for your project. If you aren’t sure what that is, here’s a helpful tutorial and link to a great SMARTgoals video.

>  And here is a handy freestanding version of the budget sheet that you can use to work out your budget before pasting it into the online form.

For a detailed overview, read this basic info: How you can build a team and apply. You can download this sheet to your computer to read. 


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.



Frequently-asked questions


What’s a team?

A team is at least three like-minded people from your community who have agreed to work together on your project. It can be anybody. You just need to convince us that you have what you need to get the job done. More info below.

To be eligible for a minigrant, at least three members of your team must attend the Try This conference June 12-13, where they can get help with the application process. The registration fee is low ($100 early bird, then $125 .)   Since the conference is cancelled this year, this requirement is cancelled for both rounds of 2020 minigrants. 

What must we do to be eligible?

  • include people from at least three community organizations, schools, churches, businesses or groups, to ensure broad community support. No one-agency projects will be funded. (A group can be “teenagers.”)
  • propose projects that will last. No one-day events.
  • use the Try This checklist to review a range of healthy lifestyle priorities for your community, inventorying what’s already been done, prioritizing new work.
  • Identify long-term goals and pledge to set a good example with healthy food at your event
  • If you have questions, email

How are applications scored? 

Here is the scoring sheet.


What is the Try This Checklist?


The Checklist helps you look at what’s already been done in your community and choose priority projects. You can download it to your computer and fill it out with your team.

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. Transfer your answers to the online version for easy submissi

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!

*  Come to the conference! You’ll go away with tons of ideas buzzing around in your head.

* 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 PDF versions of 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. If you have not received a link for this please contact


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







  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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