Community Transformation Grant

CTG report coverThe Community Transformation Grant (CTG) in Minnesota is helping control health care spending and create a healthier future

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Frequently asked questions

In Minnesota, CTG works to expand efforts in tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating, and quality clinical and other preventive services, all toward a goal of addressing health disparities, helping control health care spending, and creating a healthier future.

In 2011 the Minnesota Department of Health was awarded $3.6 million per year for five years by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through a highly competitive process. However, because of federal funding cuts, CTG is now expected to end in September 2014.

Leveraging State and Federal Resources

CTG supports and builds on the work of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). SHIP, like CTG, works to improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and decrease exposure to commercial tobacco products. CTG supports SHIP health improvement activities in local communities in rural northern Minnesota and also funds state-level health improvement efforts, building on strengths, minimizing duplication of efforts and maximizing impact.

Local grants

About 60 percent of the CTG grant goes directly to support community health improvement efforts. Grants are focused on Northern Minnesota, which has some of the worst socioeconomic and health disparities found in Greater Minnesota, including higher poverty rates, more children living in poverty, more residents being served by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, higher rates of tobacco use among youth and greater mortality from heart disease and stroke.

Five current grantees with a high need and proven capacity were chosen, representing a large region of Northern Minnesota:

  • Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis-Aitkin-Itasca-Koochiching
  • Clay-Wilkin-Becker-Otter Tail
  • Leech Lake Tribal Community
  • Morrison-Todd-Wadena-Cass
  • North Country-Polk-Mahnomen-Norman

For information about CTG from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visit


Updated Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 04:42PM