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Grants & Programs

July 2019

Mary Black Foundation (Spartanburg, SC)

The Mary Black Foundation awarded $765,125 in grants to 17 nonprofit organizations serving Spartanburg County, South Carolina. Grantees include:

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate—for after school and summer programs at seven elementary schools in Spartanburg County, South Carolina specifically to support health and wellness programs. ($40,000)
  • The Charles Lea Center Foundationto place basic health monitoring and assessment equipment in each of the Charles Lea Center’s sixty group homes. ($10,500)
  • Christmas in Actionto construct accessibility ramps for seniors, those with disabilities, or those who are otherwise disadvantaged. ($18,000)
  • City of Spartanburgto purchase a drug incinerator system that will be utilized by the Spartanburg Police Department, other police agencies, and community partners. ($20,000)
  • EMERGE Family Therapyto fund one part-time play therapist position and create a family therapy externship at Meeting Street Academy, adding family therapy services to existing play therapy services for preschool children. ($50,000)
  • GoForth Recoveryto hire a peer support specialist who will provide screenings, referrals, and programs open to clients as well as the broader community. ($25,000)
  • Mobile Meals of Spartanburg Countyto purchase a combination oven/steamer. ($40,000)
  • Museum of the Upstateto expand early childhood programming at its Spartanburg, South Carolina location. ($73,200)
  • Pineview Hills Neighborhood Associationto rebuild its community playground. ($70,100)
  • SAFE Homes Rape Crisis Coalitionfor a victim advocate who will provide crisis counseling, personal advocacy, and supportive services at the emergency shelter location. ($20,000)
  • SC Waterfowl Associationto provide students and chaperones in Spartanburg County, South Carolina the opportunity to attend Camp Leopold. ($10,000)
  • Spartanburg County Public Libraries—to purchase LENA technology and implement the LENA Start and LENA Home programs with local community partners. ($56,700)
  • Spartanburg Academic Movementto guide and direct the transition and expansion of developmental screening systems to Spartanburg County First Steps. ($90,000)
  • Spartanburg School District 7to fund a walking path at the new Spartanburg High School which is being created to serve multiple uses for students, staff, and the community. ($124,625)
  • St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinicto continue serving the uninsured population at a level consistent with the need in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. ($40,000)
  • Town of Duncanto fund a recreation coordinator position and a community garden. ($48,000)
  • United Way of the Piedmontfor a Community Resource Coordinator to help vulnerable Spartanburg County families create a pathway to financial stability. ($29,000)

Phone: 864.573.9500


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation (Detroit, MI)

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation recently awarded two research grants to Michigan researchers. The grantees are:

  • Hurley Medical Center, John Hebert, MDto evaluate a method to train clinicians on an effective method to counsel pregnant women who use marijuana. ($10,000)
  • University of Michigan, Mary Vance, MD to assess the prevalence of work-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in training physicians and characterize the impact of work-related PTSD on both physician mental health and patient outcomes. ($10,000)

Contact: Jacqueline Paul


John A. Hartford Foundation (New York, NY)

The John A. Hartford Foundation has approved four grants totaling $4,899,327 for projects that will improve care for older adults by supporting a national strategy for family caregiving, improving serious illness and end-of-life care, and identifying ways to measure the impact of the foundation’s grantmaking and programs.

  • National Academy for State Health Policy: The RAISE Act Family Caregiver Resource and Dissemination Center — to develop a Resource and Dissemination Center to support the work of the RAISE Act Advisory Council being assembled by the Administration for Community Living, which will research policies and evidence-based programs, convene experts, provide information to the public and test the Advisory Council’s recommendations for family caregiving policies and programs in select states. ($2,548,586 for three years)
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), Improving Access to Quality Palliative Care to support four interrelated activities: increasing access to and improve the quality of community-based palliative care, improving frontline clinician skills through a national campaign and competition known as The John A. Hartford Foundation Tipping Point Challenge, partnering with the American Hospital Association to drive uptake of palliative care in health systems, and addressing palliative care financing and operational issues faced by Accountable Care Organizations and Medicare Advantage Plans through learning collaboratives. ($1,925,742 for three years)
  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness, Phase II — to improve the care of older adults living with serious illness and at the end of life by supporting the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to convene a second phase Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness. ($250,000 for three years)
  • RAND Corporation: Building Capacity for Future Impact Assessments — to identify and develop measures to inform a prospective assessment of the foundation’s impact in its three priority areas: Age-Friendly Health Systems, Family Caregiving, and Serious Illness/End of Life. ($174,999 for nine months)

Contact: Marcus Escobedo
Phone: 212.324.7488


Metta Fund (San Francisco, CA)

Metta Fund has awarded $350,000 through five grants in the second quarter of 2019.

Four grants were awarded to deepen outreach and education to new communities and constituents; grant recipients include CARA Education Fund, Justice In Aging, San Francisco Interfaith Council, and San Francisco Senior and Disability Action. One grant was made to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research to increase both dissemination and usability of the Elder Economic Security Standard™ (Elder Index), a measure of the income that older adults need to meet their basic needs and age in place with dignity.

As people live longer—well into their 70s, 80s, 90s, and beyond—older adults have come to represent the fastest growing population group. In San Francisco alone, nearly 30 percent of residents will be 60 or older by 2030. In 2017, Metta made a 10-year commitment to focus on addressing social isolation among older adults, a growing health concern associated with detrimental health consequences.

Contact: Anna Karrer Manley
Phone: 415.660.7359