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Information session on February 1st. Apply by February 27.

Berkeley, California (Monday, January 28, 2019) - We’d like community agencies to offer proposals on how they would work to reduce or address the drinking and health effects of sugar sweetened beverages.

This request for proposal, known as an RFP, will support programs and services in Berkeley over two years, from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021. Over $1.7 million will be made available to fund a variety of community based programs over the two-year grant period. A similar amount is being made available to the Berkeley Unified School District to fund school based programs.

Preference will be given to proposals that seek to influence food and beverage policies, systems and environments. Examples of this type of project include working with retailers to improve placement of healthy foods and beverages in stores, increasing access to drinking water, or advocating for policy changes that make it easier for individuals to be healthy.

Interested applicants should review the application materials on our website and complete the on-line application by February 27, 2019 by 5pm. Agencies that want to learn more about eligibility, priority areas, and the application process, should attend the following informational workshop.

RFP Information Workshop
Friday, February 1, 2019; 2-4 PM
2180 Milvia Street
Cypress Conference Room, 1st floor

In fiscal year 2018, the City of Berkeley provided $1.275 million for community and school based programs. The funded programs included a range of strategies that were intended to achieve positive impacts in the community including improving access to services, changing attitudes about healthy drinking, reducing consumption of sugary beverages, and improving weight among participants.

According to Healthy Food America, beverages account for almost half of all added sugars consumed by the US population.

“Consumption of sugar sweetened beverages can lead to poor health outcomes such as obesity, diabetes, and poor oral health,” said Dr. Lisa Hernandez, the City of Berkeley Health Officer. “Reducing consumption of sugary drinks can significantly improve the long-term health of our residents.”

In 2015, Berkeley implemented the nation’s first tax on the distribution of sugar sweetened beverages. The tax has been credited with encouraging the purchase of healthier beverages in Berkeley and has raised millions of dollars that the city has reinvested to promote health through community grants and public health campaigns.

"The funding of our community agencies is a key vehicle for the City to create a healthier, more resilient and inclusive Berkeley," says Dee Williams-Ridley. "We look forward to partnering with community based organizations to promote a healthier Berkeley for all.”

For further information and to RSVP to the workshop please contact Dechen Tsering at dtsering@cityofberkeley.info.

Join us on February 1, 2019 to learn more about this funding opportunity and apply by 5pm on February 27, 2019 to be considered!


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