Healthy Eating | Active Living Grants
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Predicted Deadline

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Next predicted deadline:
May 1, 2021 (Letter of inquiry)

Later predicted deadlines:
Jun 30, 2021 3:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Grant amount:
US $5,000 – US $150,000

Fields of work:

Nutrition & Healthy Eating

Physical Fitness

Pedestrian & Bike-Friendly Infrastructure

Applicant type:
Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses:
Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project:
Spartanburg County, South Carolina

Location of residency:
United States

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About this funder:



NOTE: Before submitting an application for a grant in Early Childhood Development or Healthy Eating | Active Living, potential applicants must meet with the Foundation’s program staff. We strongly recommend that you meet with staff at least 30 days prior (‘letter of inquiry’ deadline) to the grant deadline (‘full proposal’ deadline)

What is Healthy Eating | Active Living?

Healthy Eating refers to the availability and affordability of fresh healthy foods in communities, schools, workplaces, and places of worship, regardless of income and geographic location.

Active Living refers to a way of life that integrates physical activity into daily routines. In addition to recreational exercise, active living includes moderate forms of activity such as walking or bicycling for transportation, taking the stairs, or working in the yard.

We believe an increase in access to healthy foods and an increase in active living will improve the health and wellness of the people and communities of Spartanburg County.

Poor eating choices and lack of exercise are primary risk factors for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, certain cancers, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and osteoporosis. They are also associated with depression, isolation, and mental illness.

Efforts to increase the availability and affordability of fresh, healthy foods will include:

  • addressing the underlying causes – i.e. food desert mitigation strategies,
  • reducing barriers to making healthy eating decisions, and
  • encouraging connections between existing infrastructure, such as farms and schools, to help create better community access to healthy foods.

Improving the health and wellness of Spartanburg County through increased physical activity will require efforts that:

  • remove barriers to engaging in physical activity,
  • create more opportunities for active transportation and physical activity, and
  • encourage the use of existing active transportation infrastructure and physical activity resources.

See information on Community Initiatives here.

What We Fund

We aim to fund projects that will have measurable impact and can create meaningful, transformative change in the health, wellness, and success of Spartanburg County residents. Specifically, the Foundation is interested in funding projects that will reduce health disparities. The Mary Black Foundation provides funding to nonprofit organizations for the following:

  • General Operating Support
    – to cover day-to-day activities and ongoing expenses. 
  • Programs & Services – activities directly targeting individuals to achieve specific results. 
  • Policies & Places – activities to change or modify policies or to create new or improved places that increase opportunities for the residents of Spartanburg County. 
  • Planning & Capacity Building – to plan for or study future projects or to implement efforts that improve the capacity of the organization to achieve results.

The Foundation does provide multi-year funding in the area of Healthy Eating | Active Living.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder’s website.


  • In order to receive funding from the Mary Black Foundation, an organization must be:
    • A current 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, as classified by the IRS, or governmental agency; and
    • Serving Spartanburg County, SC.
  • The Foundation awards grants to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies working to improve the health and wellness of the people of Spartanburg County.
    • Agencies that are located outside of Spartanburg County may apply if the proposed project will benefit primarily the residents of Spartanburg County.


  • Though we’d love to help everyone, the Mary Black Foundation generally does not fund:
    • Activities that are discriminatory or organizations engaged in discriminatory practices, including, but not limited to, written or informal policies and procedures regarding staff and/or volunteer requirements, program content, or participant eligibility that are discriminatory. 
    • Direct grants or scholarships (including tuition assistance) for individuals; 
    • Grants that further political or religious activities; 
    • Medical, scientific, or academic research; 
    • Vans or buses used to transport people; 
    • Activities and/or programs that duplicate efforts that are, have been, or should be offered at local hospitals; 
    • Activities, projects, or programs that will have been completed before funding becomes available; 
    • Endowments or other reserve funds or the payment of debt; 
    • Fundraising events, celebrations, or dinners; or 
    • Individual schools unless the project is district or county-wide and is supported by the superintendent(s). 

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