Evidence-Based Health & Wellness Initiatives


Organizations that provide access to quality health care  |  Organizations that focus on specialized health needs in our community

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Nehrling Gardens (2021) received a $1 million grant to enable the not-for-profit to create the Healthy West Orange Educational Center, increase the gardens’ safety and accessibility, create opportunities to provide health related programming and improve sustainability of this historic west Orange Icon.


Healthy Start Coalition (2021) was awarded a $250,000 grant to continue its Nurse-Family Partnership, a program designed to reduce the number of low birth-weight babies in west Orange County. The program pairs a specially trained registered nurse with low-income women from the time they become pregnant through the child’s second birthday.

The organization received a $195,415 District grant in 2018 to start the program.


Health Council of East Central Florida (2021) received a $94,600 grant to continue its Healthy, Happy and At-Home program. The program is designed to help reduce hospital readmissions by establishing a team of dedicated paramedics to provide home-care management visits to local residents living with chronic health conditions.

In 2018, the District awarded the Council an initial grant of $249,000 to kick-off the program.


Second Harvest Food Bank (2021) was awarded a $30,400 grant to partner with Health Council of East Central Florida on its Healthy, Happy and At-Home Program. In addition to medical care, paramedics also now deliver fresh food to assist in recovery and continued health management.


Winter Garden Art Association (2021) received a $25,000 grant to address loneliness and isolation for patients in senior care facilities through a collaborative arts program reconnecting them to their families and others. The association received a $21,570 grant in 2019 to cover the cost of art classes for seniors experiencing various stages of memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.


Windermere Rotary Inc. (2021) was awarded a $1 million grant to build the Healthy West Orange Pavilion, an all-new, outdoor space for residents to gather for celebrations, festivals, entertainment and wellness programming.


Ocoee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the City of Ocoee (2021), was awarded a $3 million seed grant to create the Healthy West Orange Wellness Park, a five-acre park with a half-mile multipurpose trail, shaded wellness stations and fitness equipment. The park will host regular health and wellness programming, from 5k races to mind-body wellness events.


Winter Garden Heritage Foundation (2021), received a $1.25 million grant to transform its Plant Street building to include space for wellness education, event activations and a new location for HUBB, an interactive program that connects residents to local health services. The new building will be known as the Healthy West Orange Heritage and Cultural Center at Winter Garden.


City of Winter Garden (2020), was awarded $6 million to build a holistic health and wellness campus at Tucker Ranch, including a 5,000 square-foot retreat center, teaching and working farm, outdoor demonstration kitchen, greenhouse, gardens, trails, outdoor fitness and recreational areas.


Town of Oakland (2019), was awarded a $1 million grant to construct the Healthy West Orange Arts & Heritage Center at the Town of Oakland. The center will become a vibrant, new place for West Orange residents to take part in programs and activities to improve their overall health.


Oakland Nature Preserve (2020), which received a $365,393 grant to replace its iconic, 3,100-foot boardwalk with new, more durable composite decking. The boardwalk has become a fitness staple among local hikers, walkers and runners of all ages—especially active and aging seniors. Once complete, it will be known as the “Healthy West Orange Boardwalk at Oakland Nature Preserve.”

Oakland Nature Reserve (2018) was awarded $10,000 to support the local deployment of a national, evidence-based “fitness in nature” program that enhances the Reserve’s walking trails with exercise stations, educational signage and new mile markers to track progress.


Orlando Health Foundation (2020), which received a $24,660 grant to provide heart-healthy, home-delivered meals to patients with congestive heart failure who’ve recently been discharged from Orlando Health-Health Central Hospital. The 30-day program is designed to promote health and wellness, and reduce hospital readmissions.


Finding the Lost Sheep (2020), which received a $25,000 grant to fund a six-month parent mentoring program that provides hands-on coaching, education and support to at-risk parents. Interactive, small-group sessions focus on creating a healthy home environment, provide guidance on effective discipline and promote parent self-care.


Do Good Farm (2020), which received a $250,000 grant to develop working farms at Hope Charter School and Legacy High School. Students will study and experiment with farm design techniques, and grow and process their own food. They will also learn important lessons in math, chemistry, physical science, engineering, agriculture, social studies, and gain marketable job skills.


Children’s Safety Village of Central Florida (2019), which received a $15,000 grant to cover the cost of providing safety education and training programs to 2,800 children living in west Orange County. The programs include instruction in water, fire, gun and internet safety, as well as staying safe when walking and riding a bike.


Central Florida Community Arts (2019) was awarded $25,000 to expand “Arts in Action” and “Arts & Wellness,” two low-cost programs customized for healthy adults over 60. The programs, which include classes in singing, storytelling, acting and improv, will reach approximately 400 seniors in west Orange County.


The Polis Institute (2018) was awarded $166,510 to improve economic opportunities and health outcomes of residents living in east Winter Garden. The organization, which focuses on revitalizing distressed neighborhoods in Central Florida, will engage local residents in programs to help them lead their community, become financially savvy and live healthier lives.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida (2018) was awarded $250,000 toward construction of a new 11,500 square-foot facility in west Orange County that will serve three times as many children each day and feature a computer and arts labs, a music studio, game room, and a health and life sciences learning center.



Public Goods Projects (2017) was awarded $750,000 to develop and activate a local communications/education program to impact and decrease adult smoking rates, incidence of low birth rates and substance abuse rates. The program is expected to improve the District’s health rankings and contribute to its goal of becoming the healthiest community in the nation.



Orlando Health Foundation (2016) was awarded $77,312 to support the development and implementation of a Community Leaders Pilot Program, an initiative to empower community leaders to take charge of their own health and pledge to also champion the overall health improvement of the West Orange community.



Roper YMCA (2018) was awarded $95,900 to support an evidence-based obesity and nutrition program at five local elementary schools.100 children struggling with obesity, along with their families, have the opportunity to participate in on-site nutrition education sessions and have access to fitness classes at the Roper YMCA.

The organization was also awarded (2014) $500,000 to create a “Healthy Living Center” and add medical screenings, flu shots and other programs to prevent or delay the occurrence of chronic disease.


Organizations that provide access to quality health care  |  Organizations that focus on specialized health needs in our community


Grant Policies  |  Eligibility  |  Application