We’re excited to tell you that Try This Second Stage grant applications are now available online.

For the second year, Try This is offering funding for larger projects created by West Virginians who have already created successful minigrant projects.  Second Stage grants are for projects with budgets between $5,000 and $15,000.  The deadline is December 4 at midnight, so you have 2 1/2 months to get a  team together and talk with us about your application if you decide to go for it.

There will be an online Webinar with Stephen Smith on October 10 at 2 pm.  You’ll have a chance to ask questions then, and we’ll post the Webinar online afterward.  To register for the Webinar, go to

For these grants, you’ll be asked include an economic development impact statement.  We all know that healthier communities = economic development. Economic development includes most of what Try This promotes: creation of a healthier workforce and making a community more appealing for tourism and businesses, as well as actual job creation or income opportunities.

This will be a highly competitive process, so if you’re interested, now’s the time to get started. We’ll be glad to talk/brainstorm with you about your idea after you absorb all the info about the application process. In fact, you are required to have at least one such conversation. When you’re ready to have a conversation, please email Kristen O’Sullivan at, and we’ll schedule it.