The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

5147.0: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 - Table 3

Abstract #40426

Using mini grants as a method to encourage alcohol policy activity: Five years of experience from the Minnesota Join Together Mini Grants Program

Linda M. Bosma, MA, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, 1300 South Second Street, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55454-1015, 612-624-9556, and Jeffrey Nachbar, BIS, Minnesota Join Together, 2720 Highway 10 NE, St Paul, MN 55112-9709.

The Minnesota Join Together Coalition (MJT) is one of 12 coalitions funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to promote statewide policy change to reduce youth access to alcohol. One strategy MJT uses to encourage environmental alcohol policy work is a Mini Grants program. MJT distributes small grants of $500 to $5,000 to groups throughout the state to fund initiatives that support and promote MJT?s statewide alcohol policy agenda. By providing support for other organizations to address alcohol problems through environmental strategies, MJT seeks to encourage more organizations to become actively engaged in policy issues. Fifty groups have received 69 grants over a period of 5 years. An evaluation was conducted in order to assess the level of policy activity that grant recipients engaged in after receiving a MJT Mini Grant. This presentation will 1) Explain the Mini Grants process, 2) Discuss the survey methods used in the evaluation, 3) Present the evaluation results, and 4) Discuss lessons learned and recommendations for other groups considering implementing similar programs.

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    Keywords: Alcohol, Community Involvement

    Presenting author's disclosure statement:
    I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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