Project PACE Will Provide Up to $10,000 for Rural, Nebraska Communities to Implement Walking Programs

Renee Steinkruger
Project Coordinator, 308.865.8177

Project P.A.C.E (Physically Active Communities Excel), a statewide initiative to increase regular physical activity levels among Nebraska’s rural communities, is seeking proposals to initiate sustainable community-based walking programs to meet the needs of rural Nebraska residents, according to Renee’ Steinkruger, PACE project coordinator located at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Steinkruger said, “Project P.A.C.E. strives to alleviate some of the barriers to exercise by providing financial support (up to $10,000) and resources to increase opportunities for rural community residents to be physically active on a regular basis.”

Communities with populations between 4,000 and 50,000 residents are encouraged to submit applications to become P.A.C.E. communities, Steinkruger said.

“Communities with populations fewer than 4, 000 can collaborate with surrounding towns and counties to strengthen their numbers,” she said.

A total of eight rural Nebraska communities will be awarded up to $10,000 to design and implement a walking program within their communities. Awardees will then compete against other selected communities during the P.A.C.E Challenge (Feb. 1-June 30, 2006) for an opportunity to win an additional $10,000 to maintain and/or improve programs within their community.

To learn more, or to download a Request For Proposals (RFP), visit or contact Renee Steinkruger at 308-865-8177 or All RFP applications must be postmarked by Dec. 2. Award notices will be released by Dec. 16.