Applications are being accepted through March 15 for $1,000 mini-grants through the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas.

Any 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, church, government agency or nonprofit hospital in Arkansas is eligible to apply for the mini-grants.

The grants can help organizations grow vegetable gardens, teach healthy habits, build playgrounds, provide medical supplies or help with any health-improvement project, according to a news release.

“Our mini-grant program has a simple online application process and a five-day turnaround on decisions,” said Patrick O’Sullivan, executive director of the Blue & You Foundation. “In 2018, we will be providing up to 250 mini-grants within Arkansas.”

The foundation’s mini-grant program began in 2011. It has awarded 890 mini-grants to organizations in 66 Arkansas counties.

Funding can be used to support an existing health improvement program or a new start-up project. The foundation is also receptive to receiving applications to fund the purchase of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and related user training.

Grant recipients will be asked to submit a one-page report of program results within six months.

“The Blue & You Foundation was established in 2001 by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield as a charitable foundation to promote better health in Arkansas,” according to the release.

The foundation also awards regular grants of $5,000 to $150,000, with an application deadline of July 16. Mini-grant applications are due March 15.

Applications are available at