SHIP Funding Opportunity

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The Minnesota Department of Health provides funding to Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health (SPRCPH) through the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) to work with a variety of partners to improve health in the community. SHIP funding is focused on three goals:

  • Increasing physical activity,
  • Improving access to healthy foods,
  • Reducing the use of, and exposure to, tobacco.

Additionally, SPRCPH strives to increase healthy equity by addressing health inequities. Health equity means everyone has the opportunity to obtain their highest level of health. Inequities are created when barriers prevent individuals and communities from accessing these conditions and reaching their full potential. In order to achieve health equity, SPRCPH works to optimize the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, learn and age.

SHIP-funded partnerships are designed to create healthier systems and environments where people live, work and play. The work focuses on long-term efforts to support healthier lifestyles through policy, systems and environmental (PSE) changes. Policy, systems and environmental change is a way of modifying the environment to make the healthy options the easier choice for everyone. By changing laws and shaping physical landscapes, a big impact can be made with little time and resources. By changing policies, systems and/or environments, communities can help tackle health issues like obesity, diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases.

Workplace Wellness Micro-grants

In partnership with the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce (SPACC), SHIP is offering micro-grants to businesses located in Ramsey County. Workplace Wellness micro-grants help your workplace to be healthier! Projects must focus on tobacco-free living, healthy eating, breastfeeding support, or physical activity. See below for examples of micro-grant projects. Please see the complete list of micro-grants strategies on SPACC’s website.

No Smoking Signage ($250)

Consultation for assessing rules and regulations that apply to your business around tobacco use. Funds can be used to order signage that discourages smoking.You will also receive resources for employees wishing to quit tobacco use, including quit kits.

Break Room Change-Up! ($300)

Make your break room a friendly, healthy lunch room. Do you need a fridge, microwave or toaster? Our funding can help.

Support Nursing Mothers ($500)

Purchase supplies to make an existing space at work more comfortable for working mothers. This might include: a door lock, window blinds, lighting options, a small fridge and other options.

Commuting Help ($800)

Purchase bike racks or bike fix-it stations, depending on your needs.


Applications accepted January 1 - March 1, 2018.

Please email Pa Shasky or call 651-266-2482 with questions or concerns.