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Small Communities Program

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This program is no longer funded. Learn more about current programs.

In 2012, Community Transformation Grants was expanded to support areas with fewer than 500,000 people in neighborhoods, school districts, villages, towns, cities, and counties to increase opportunities to prevent chronic diseases and promote health. In an effort to reach more people, approximately $70 million was awarded to 40 communities to implement broad, sustainable strategies that will reduce health disparities and expand clinical and community preventive services that will directly impact about 9.2 million Americans. For more information on this program, view the original funding opportunity.

Consistent with the overall CTG program, these awards helped support the five “Strategic Directions” from the National Prevention Strategy: 1) tobacco-free living, 2) active living and healthy eating, 3) high-impact quality clinical and community preventive services, 4) social and emotional wellness, and 5) healthy and safe physical environments.

Awardees conducted activities that contribute to the overall goals of the CTG program and helped achieve positive change in one or more of the following five outcome measures; changes in:

  1. Weight
  2. Proper nutrition
  3. Physical activity
  4. Tobacco use
  5. Social and emotional well-being

Examples of community initiatives include:

  • Increasing access to physical activity through quality physical education instruction in schools
  • Increasing access to healthy foods by supporting local farmers and neighborhood grocery stores
  • Protecting people from secondhand smoke exposure in indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Facilitating the early identification of mental health needs and access to quality services


State CTG Small Communities FY12 Award Amount
Community Health Councils, Inc. $7,883,885
County of Sonoma $3,517,360
St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake $497,076
County of Santa Clara $1,027,931
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children $1,692,291
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Department of Health $1,759,249
School Board of Miami-Dade County $3,133,055
Tanner Medical Center, Inc. $1,219,468
Chicago Public Schools, District 299 $4,398,118
Quality Quest for Health of Illinois, Inc. $2,404,708
Welborn Baptist Foundation, Inc. $3,021,957
YMCA of Wichita $2,461,198
Microclinic International $2,433,839
Linking the Parish, Inc. $366,075
MaineGeneral Medical Center $200,000
Maine Development Foundation $1,641,120
MaineHealth $2,425,220
Healthy Acadia $1,335,314
Institute for Public Health Innovation $2,068,444
Prince George’s County $2,639,382
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission $1,993,443
YMCA Southcoast $1,064,531
Central Michigan District Health Department $1,643,798
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation $204,275
Ozarks Regional YMCA $1,319,403
Clark County School District $2,433,159
New York
Health Research, Inc./New York State Department of Health $2,568,597
The Lima Family YMCA $1,213,363
Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc. $512,520
Indian Nation Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging $244,289
Northeast Oregon Network $572,776
City of Beaverton $1,583,458
South Carolina
YMCA of Greenville $1,954,323
Project Vida $318,135
Seattle Children’s Hospital $3,658,205
Inland Northwest Health Services $931,815
West Virginia
West Virginia University Research Corporation $377,796
Tribal Awardees
Benewah Medical Center (Idaho) $415,987
Cherokee Nation (Oklahoma) $1,319,437
Tohono O’odham Community Action (Arizona) $200,000