Healthy Acadia Awards Grants

BAR HARBOR — Healthy Acadia and the MDI YMCA have made grants totaling $15,000 to six organizations for the development of projects to support health in the region.

“We are pleased to be able to fund these projects that will bring about real structural changes to benefit our community members,” said Doug Michael, executive director of Healthy Acadia.

The grant recipients were selected by a committee of community leaders based on each proposal’s ability to produce policy or environmental changes supportive of health.

“The projects will encourage health and will make healthy choices more accessible in the physical spaces where people live, work, learn and play,” stated Kim Harty, director of the MDI YMCA.

The grants will be used for a salad garden and salad bar at the Trenton Elementary School, and exercise program at Downeast Horizons, for a skate park ramp and signage for the MDI Skatepark Association, a community garden on Frenchboro, a one-mile nature trail in Tremont and a raised bed garden and greenhouse at Malvern Belmont senior housing in Bar Harbor. The grants range from $1,500 to $4,000.

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