The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Working on Wellness Environments program is hosting the WOW-E Community Challenge, an initiative to jump-start community efforts utilizing policy, system, and environmental changes. We invite you to encourage your WOW-E coalition, stakeholders, or interested groups to submit applications for quick-action projects to assist your community in promoting increased physical activity levels and improved access to healthy foods. These projects must be steps toward building and/or strengthening larger system, environmental plans, policy changes, etc. Technical assistance and seed funding are awarded to those who submit applications and demonstrate readiness.
Are you ready to spark positive change in your community? Click the ‘Let’s Go!’ button to learn more about the WOW-E Community Challenge and how you can get started. On this page you will find the Program Overview, Example Projects, FAQs, Webinars, Technical Assistance, and more.
July 22 – August 20, 2021
After reviewing the ‘Getting Started’ materials and participating in the webinar series and a technical assistance appointment, use the link below when you are ready to complete the Community Challenge application.
After submitting the application, please complete the readiness assessment. Each participating organization, and partnership, will be asked to complete the readiness assessment. These questions are designed to help you think about your readiness to implement a Community Challenge project. The information you provide also helps our Texas WOW-E team best support your team and provide resources relevant to your project. The goal is not to disqualify applicants but rather to help teams implement projects successfully and build their readiness. There are three aspects of readiness: motivation, project-specific capacity, and general organizational capacity.
August 27 – September 15, 2021
Congratulations on being a WOW-E Community Challenge Awardee! Between August 27th and September 15th, the WOW-E team will work with awardees to complete the awardee packet by designing a communication plan, completing a partnership matrix, and finalizing an MOU agreement.
A communication plan is a key part of the project success because it will organize marketing, outreach, and engagement opportunities. The plan will determine your outreach target audience, stakeholder, objective, message, delivery method, and frequency. You will be required to track outreach initiatives and marketing such as press releases and social media posts.
August 27 – November 8, 2021
Congratulations on being a WOW-E Community Challenge awardee, submitting all necessary documents, and receiving technical assistance and support. Now it is GO TIME! This is the time to turn your plans into actions and implement your projects and programs in the community. While organizations are implementing their project plans, WOW-E team members are still available for technical assistance and will schedule travel to the participating counties to visit the project locations.
November 8-12, 2021
Projects will conclude November 8th and awardees are required to submit the final reports by November 12th. The final reports consist of the Final Financial Report, After-Action Report, Listening Session, and digital submissions (photos, videos, social media posts, etc.). A WOW-E team member will be available if assistance is required for the final reports. Each organization and partnership, if applicable, will be required to complete a listening session at the conclusion of the project. This will be scheduled by a WOW-E team member.
The WOW-E team would love to celebrate with you by sharing your success! Show off your project’s successes by posting on social media, publishing in the newspaper, or sending out a newsletter. We will share your success through our engagement channels and social media. Send in photos, a video (if applicable), and a short description (around 200 words) describing what community changes were made and how you plan to sustain them in the future.