The MspWellness Microgrant, Community Partner Funding Award program provides small businesses in Minneapolis with funding and technical assistance for wellness-focused activities and programs that improve employee physical and mental health.
Donor Name: mspWellness
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $1000 to $10,000
Grant Duration: 2 Years
These microgrants are funded by the Minnesota Department of Health Statewide Health Improvement Partnership grant (SHIP). They will be administered by the Minneapolis Health Department and awarded by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber.
Employees are an organization’s most valuable asset. Creating healthy work environments and encouraging healthy behaviors can have a positive impact on employee wellbeing and job satisfaction.
Worksite wellness programs can:
- Control or reduce your organization’s health care costs
- Improve productivity
- Reduce employee absenteeism
- Lower employee turnover
- Attract and retain top talent
- Reduce workers’ compensation costs, illness, and disability.
Businesses can apply for up to $2,000 to implement an employee wellness project. Microgrants will be awarded to businesses and organizations that propose projects which identify strategies to support employee wellbeing through organizational policies, practices, systems, and/or environments.
Uses of funds
Projects should implement a workplace policy, system and/or physical environment change that is related to a worksite wellness focus area listed below. Funds must be used for projects that are sustainable and can be continued beyond the funding period. Focus areas are:
- Breastfeeding Support: Providing a supportive, private environment for chest/breastfeeding individuals.
- Tobacco-free Worksite: Committing to become a tobacco-free workplace/grounds and/or promoting cessation.
- Healthy Eating: Improving the eating environment and supporting employees in making nutritious food choices while at work.
- Physical Activity: Increasing access to facilities and opportunities for physical activity and active transportation.
- Wellbeing: Incorporating changes to support employees’ mental and social health.
Eligible project areas include inspiring healthy eating, encouraging physical activity and active modes of transportation, supporting breastfeeding employees and work, commercial tobacco-free workplaces, and improving mental and social health or overall wellbeing.
Business and non-profit organizations are eligible to receive awards if:
- They are located in Minneapolis and/or have a presence (branch) in Minneapolis.
- Have minimum of 10 employees and fewer than 100 employees.
To impact communities with the greatest health disparities, priority will be given to the following workplaces:
- Workplaces with majority of adults over the age of 45. These employees enter an age where preventable chronic diseases are more apparent.
- Industries that have historically offered lower wages (and/or may not offer health care benefits) such as hospitality, retail, service, some manufacturing, and care-provider industries.
- Workplaces that employ a significant number of limited or non-English speaking workers and/or workers who have limited education.
- Workplaces that employ a population with a high percentage of workers who are experiencing health disparities identified through local or county-specific data.
For more information, visit mspWellness.