Building Healthy Communities

Project Title

Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative Technical Assistance, Phase 2

Grant Amount


Priority Area

Building Healthy Communities

Date Awarded

May 24, 2016


Outside New York State




Through its Healthy Neighborhoods Fund initiative, NYHealth is supporting six communities across New York State in their efforts to become healthier, more active places.

In 2015, NYHealth awarded a grant to Third Sector New England, as fiscal sponsor to Active Living By Design, to provide technical assistance (TA) to and create a learning collaborative for Healthy Neighborhoods Fund grantees. The TA and learning collaborative have enabled grantees to share their experience and knowledge; engage in peer-to-peer learning; identify best practices; find new funding opportunities; and guide future policymaking both locally and statewide. In 2016, NYHealth awarded a second grant for Active Living By Design to continue leading the learning collaborative and providing TA to Healthy Neighborhoods Fund grantees and their partners.

Under this grant, Active Living By Design built on previous work of the learning collaborative. It continued to provide TA, coaching sessions, and online resources to further sustain the work and partnerships of Healthy Neighborhoods Fund grantees. Specifically, the discussions brought to light the ways that grantees can leverage more resources and inform relevant policy while exploring implementation and programmatic issues that have emerged in multiple communities. Active Living By Design also hosted a statewide meeting to highlight and disseminate the key findings from the learning collaborative and summarize the lessons learned from this project. Its website continued to be a resource for grantees and their partners, providing a platform to promote and share funding opportunities, success stories, useful strategies, and additional online support, including webinars.