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Grants & Programs

December 2016

Blue Shield of California Foundation (San Francisco)

Of the almost two million Americans who have returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, many have come home with serious mental health conditions and injuries that make everyday life more difficult. The Blue Shield of California Foundation has invested more than $2 million in projects and organizations that are working to improve support and respond to the needs of veterans and their families. From piloting innovative re-integration models for veterans on college campuses to new research on the correlation between family violence and post-traumatic stress, its investments aim to generate meaningful change and impact for military families across California and beyond.

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George Family Foundation (Minneapolis, MN)

In its fourth round of seed grants, the Catalyst Initiative of the George Family Foundation continued its support of the development of mind-body healing practices in a diverse range of communities in the Twin Cities and beyond. In this latest round of grants, the Catalyst Initiative awarded seven grants for a total of $146,000. Grants awarded in this round include: 

  • Lotus Health Foundation – for Creating a Community of Wellness ($25,000)
  • The OM Collaborative and Joi Unlimited Coaching and Consulting (Citizen's League as fiscal agent) – for The OM (Orange Method) Community Coaching, Training and Certification in Healing Justice ($25,000)
  • People's Center Health Services – for People's Center Integrative Health & Healing Program Development ($25,000)
  • Cornerstone – for Creating and Sustaining Trauma-Informed Services through Mind-Body Medicine Practices ($20,000)
  • MN Communities Caring for Children – for The 2016 Midwest Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences: Healing Communities Together ($20,000)
  • Ampersand Families – for using the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) as a guide for parents to access holistic mind-body approaches to help their adopted teens heal from trauma ($16,000)
  • African Aid – for Healthy Spirit (Ruux Caafimaad Qaba) Community Resource Guide ($15,000)

Contact: Kate Lilja Lohnes
Phone: 952.893.7140


Mat-Su Health Foundation (Wasilla, AK)

Ten local organizations were recently selected to receive Mat-Su Health Foundation grants totaling more than $1.68 million under the foundation’s Healthy Impact grant program. The grants will go to The Children’s Place ($750,000), Sunshine Community Health Center ($229,387), Nugen’s Ranch ($140,000), Cook Inlet Tribal Council ($120,640), Frontline Mission ($115,000), Links/ADRC ($99,523), American Lung Association ($83,524), Wasilla Youth Baseball ($60,000), Assistive Technology of Alaska ($50,000), and Planned Parenthood ($40,000).

Healthy Impact Grants are awarded twice annually by the Mat-Su Health Foundation to fund local health-related projects in excess of $15,000. The application period for the next round of Healthy Impact grants begins on January 1, 2017. The Mat-Su Health Foundation also offers a Target Wellness grant program for projects less than $15,000, and it is open year-round.


Paso Del Norte Health (El Paso, TX)

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s board of directors announced a $6 million grant to support the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine (WLHSODM). The foundation will contribute the $6 million over six years. Funding will support the start-up phase of the school with opportunity to leverage state funding.

This multimillion-dollar grant will fund the development of a unique, community-centered curriculum for the WLHSODM — the first dental school on the U.S.-Mexico border. The WLHSODM curriculum will focus on service education. The approach results in one-of-a-kind, hands-on experiences that allow students to apply their newfound knowledge and skills to life beyond the classroom, while simultaneously helping the community.

Once established, the WLHSODM is expected to create 100 new, highly-skilled local jobs, infusing an additional $5 million into the El Paso economy in labor income. A low-cost dental health clinic also will be established in central El Paso. There, students will train with WLHSODM faculty and provide affordable dental services to one of the city’s most underserved communities.

The first cohort of 20 future dentists will be admitted in 2020. At full capacity, the WLHSODM will graduate 75 dentists and 60 dental hygienists per year.

Contact: Ida Ortegon
Phone: 915.544.7636 x2613


Stavros Niarchos Foundation (Athens, Greece)

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) celebrates its 20th anniversary, fulfilling the original purpose of its establishment: to contribute, with all the means at its disposal, to the improvement of the lives of those less privileged and to support organizations and projects that are expected to achieve a broad, lasting, and positive impact for society at large. The SNF’s philanthropic activity has spread across 111 countries, with particular emphasis on Greece.

Since the commencement of its activities in 1996, the SNF has made grant commitments of $1.9 billion through 3,646 grants to nonprofit organizations across the world. Specifically, during the last 20 years, the SNF has committed the following, in total:

  • Arts and Culture: 752 grants with the key strategic objective of broadening public access to the Arts, promoting Greek art and culture worldwide, encouraging creative partnerships between institutions, organizations, and artists on a national and global level, as well as strengthening the social role of cultural organizations.
  • Education: 1,107 grants supporting the implementation of innovative educational programs, the establishment of new, innovative education centers in Greece and abroad, and the creation of significant capacity building opportunities for the benefit of numerous social groups.
  • Health and Sports: 672 grants which aim to improve the quality of life of society as a whole, while simultaneously helping to widen accessibility to comprehensive health care services for all.
  • Social Welfare: 1,115 grants focusing on the needs of the most vulnerable groups.

Initiatives: Against the Greek Crisis and Recharging the Youth

As part of the Grants against the Greek Crisis, the SNF has made 494 grants in order to address the effects of the crisis. The purpose of this initiative is twofold: contributing to the immediate relief of those impacted more severely from the crisis and creating those necessary conditions which will ensure long-term benefits. The majority of grants support the development, adaptation, and expansion of existing social programs and the operation of grantee organizations. Additional grants were made for the purchasing of equipment or vehicles, as well as the construction and renovation of social structures.

As part of the Recharging the Youth Initiative, the SNF has made 57 grants focusing on programs aimed at the development of entrepreneurship, the creation of skills, as well as education, while it continues to develop and assess programs—in collaboration with various local and international partners—which have the potential to provide a boost in youth employment.

Contact: Melissa Goldberg
Phone: 212.576.2700 x271


United Hospital Fund (New York, NY)

United Hospital Fund (UHF) announced seven grants, totaling $662,642, for projects to build a more effective health care system for every New Yorker. Details on the grants are included below.


Patient-Reported Outcomes in Primary Care Initiative ($149,322 over 18 months)—Northwell Health ($50,000), The Institute for Family Health ($49,978), and Montefiore Health System ($49,344) to advance the use of Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures as a vehicle for prioritizing the patient voice in the delivery of high-quality primary care in New York.

Greater New York Hospital Association ($130,000 over one year) to continue the partnership of UHF and Greater New York Hospital Association to enhance the quality of care within health systems across the New York region, with a focus on building clinical leadership through a fellowship program and promoting the appropriate use of antibiotics.


Montefiore Medical Center ($188,320 over two years) to pilot-test a new framework for integrating behavioral health care services in primary care in four primary care medical practices in New York City.


New York University School of Medicine ($135,000 over two years) to develop a homelessness risk screening tool for use in emergency departments (EDs), protocols for future ED-based homelessness prevention interventions, and a Social Determinants of Health Registry that will link patient survey information with hospital utilization data.

Legal Action Center ($60,000 over one year) to publish two guides to policies and practices that best engage and retain individuals involved in the criminal justice system in effective health care.

Contact: Mary Johnson
Phone: 212.494.0734