May: Grants available to address local health challenges

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

In 2021, May supported a law creating 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 May said he hopes local providers like health departments, municipalities, and nonprofit organizations apply.

State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford)

“Addressing our most persistent health challenges is imperative to help keep Indiana moving in the right direction,” May said. “These grants could be a game-changer for local providers working to improve health outcomes for Hoosiers.”

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, May encourages organizations to visit and click on “Health Issues and Challenges Grant.”