Indiana Statehouse

Last Updated on March 1, 2022 by Indiana House Republicans

STATEHOUSE – Cass County lawmakers are looking forward to local communities tackling health challenges like diabetes and obesity through a new state grant they helped create.

In 2021, State Reps. Don Lehe (R-Brookston), Ethan Manning (R-Logansport) and Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) supported legislation establishing 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 Lehe hopes local providers like health departments, municipalities and nonprofit organizations apply.

“Local communities can best determine their immediate needs to help residents get healthy, and we hope they use this grant opportunity to make a difference,” Lehe said.

Manning said 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.

“Indiana is doing well is so many ways, and our health is an important component of our continued success,” Manning said. “Unfortunately, we have a lot of health issues to address. With the help of local groups and providers, we can make a bigger difference and get Hoosiers on the right track.”

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.

“These grants could really help improve our state’s overall health,” VanNatter said. “Health challenges vary from county to county, and the hope is that we can tackle issues locally and make a significant impact to help Hoosiers live happier and healthier lives.”

For more information and to apply, VanNatter encourages organizations to visit and click on “Health Issues and Challenges Grant.”

SOURCE: News release from Indiana House Republicans

State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) represents House District 25, whichincludes portions of Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Tippecanoe and White counties.

State Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Logansport) represents House District 23,  which includes portions of Cass, Fulton and Miami counties. 

State Rep. Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) represents House District 38, which includes portions of Carroll, Cass, Howard and Clinton counties.