Indiana Statehouse

STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Logansport) is looking forward to local communities tackling health challenges like diabetes and obesity through a new state grant he helped create.

In 2021, Manning supported legislation establishing the Indiana Health Issues and Challenges Grants, which will award $50 million to local and statewide service providers, and planning organizations to address longstanding problems. Now, the Indiana Department of Health is accepting grant applications, and Manning hopes local providers like health departments, municipalities and nonprofit organizations apply.

“Indiana is doing well in so many ways, and our health is an important component of our continued success,” Manning said. “Unfortunately, we have a lot of health issues to address. With the help of local groups and providers, we can make a bigger difference and get Hoosiers on the right track.”

Manning said funding can be used to prevent or reduce mental and physical health issues for Hoosiers, including in the areas of tobacco use, food insecurity, obesity, lead exposure, hepatitis C, and chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma and cancer.

Applications for Indiana Health Issues and Challenges Grants are due by March 31, 2022, with award notices issued by the Indiana Department of Health by July 1, 2022.

For more information and to apply, Manning encourages organizations to visit in.gov/health/grant-opportunities and click on “Health Issues and Challenges Grant.”