Model Communities Grant Program

The Model Communities grant program focuses on changing policy and the environment to help make the healthy choice the easier choice for individuals and families in suburban Cook County. This grant program aims to transform communities and school environments to support healthy eating and active living.

Grant recipients

The Cook County Department of Public Health and its partner, the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago, awarded $4 million* in Model Communities grant funds to 38 local governments, community organizations and school districts throughout suburban Cook County. Using proven strategies, grant recipients are helping to make the healthy choice the easier choice in their communities.

Click on one of the funded agencies listed below or interact with the Model Communities map to see what's happening in your community.

North Region
Arlington Heights School District 25 ($117,000)
Asian Health Coalition ($60,000)
City of Des Plaines ($90,300)
District 63 Education Foundation - TLC ($119,000)
Northwest Community Hospital Foundation ($65,000)
Northwest Municipal Conference ($66,000)
Village of Hoffman Estates ($48,000)
Village of Schaumburg ($145,500)
Village of Skokie ($91,500)

West Region
Broadview Park District ($135,000)
Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition ($50,000)
Cicero Elementary School District 99 ($114,000)
City of Berwyn ($140,000)
City of Countryside ($25,000)
Illinois Action for Children ($148,000)
J. Sterling Morton High School District ($125,000)
Maywood-Melrose-Broadview School District ($67,000)
Village of Forest Park ($145,000)
Village of Oak Park ($25,000)

Southwest Region:
Chicago Ridge school district 127 ½ ($141,000)
Community High School District 218 ($143,000)
Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago ($145,000)
City of Blue Island ($75,000)
Little Company of Mary Hospital ($120,000)
Oak Lawn Community High School 229 ($33,000)
Village of Lemont ($48,040)
Village of Palos Park ($50,000)

South Region:
Brookwood School District 167($85,000)
Crossroads Coalition ($75,000)
Fourth Episcopal District AME Church ($150,000)
Harvey School District 152 ($170,000)
Matteson School District 162 ($71,000)
Prevention Partnership, Inc. ($150,000)
South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association ($135,000)
Thornton Fractional Township High School District ($145,000)
Village of Midlothian ($145,000)
Village of Riverdale ($125,000)
Village of Tinley Park ($126,000)

*This one-time funding is made possible by the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant that was awarded from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to CCDPH and PHIMC in March 2010.

In one year, the 38 grant recipients of the Model Communities program impacted 73 communities and 128 schools throughout suburban Cook County with changes to policies and the environment that promote healthy eating and active living. On Feb. 14, 2012, grantees came together at the end of Year Change Institute to celebrate successes grantees for training sessions, networking opportunities, and collaboration.

Check out the media gallery from the last Change Institute and watch the video (under Helpful Links) that highlights some of the Model Communities grantees’ successes, legacies, and lessons learned.

Change Institute

  • Year End Change Institute