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Grants & Programs

June 2017

BHHS Legacy Foundation (Phoenix, AZ)

As a result of its partnership with BHHS Legacy Foundation, the Assistance League of Phoenix has increased the number of children it serves. Throughout the month of August, the Assistance League of Phoenix will take its Operation School Bell Delivering Dreams Bus to Title I schools to deliver essential items to low-income children. A mobile dressing center stocked with shoes, clothes, books, school supplies, and hygiene kits, the Delivering Dreams Bus is the only one of its kind out of 120 Assistance League chapters throughout the country. It travels to schools with a high percentage of children living in poverty, outfitting thousands of students in need.

Phone: 602.778.1200


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

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

  • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital – Ann Arbor, Robert Cleary, MD—$82,000 to assess a process for caring for patients after colorectal surgery, aimed at decreasing readmissions and emergency room visits after discharge. 
  • University of Michigan, Pooja Lagisetty, MD—$75,000 to determine if a physician-pharmacist collaborative program embedded in a patient-centered medical home can provide higher quality care for patients with chronic pain who are at high risk for opioid use disorders, while also improving access to evidence-based treatments, improving provider satisfaction and reducing costs for payers. 
  • Wayne State University, Vijaya Arun Kumar, MD, MPH—$75,000 to determine patient-level factors associated with adherence to follow-up post-discharge from the emergency room for low risk chest pain, examine the effects of a brief intervention focusing on patient follow-up, and demonstrate that the intervention is feasible for larger implementation. 

Contact: Nora Maloy
Phone: 313.225.8205


George Family Foundation (Minneapolis, MN)

The Catalyst Initiative of the George Family Foundation awarded 17 grants totaling $365,070 to community-based organizations throughout Minnesota. The grants reflect the Catalyst Initiative's focus on supporting culturally relevant, holistic models for healing from trauma. The complete list of grants awarded in this round includes: 

  • Alia — $20,000 for Healing Guidebook for Permanence Services Practitioners.
  • African American Community of Practice—MAP for Nonprofits as fiscal agent—$25,000 for From Culture of Trauma to Culture of Healing: African Americans Healing Ourselves; Healing the Healers.
  • Face to Face Health and Counseling Services, Inc.—$25,000 for the Face to Face Self-Care Integration Project.
  • The Family Partnership—$20,000 for Transformational Leadership Development Program.
  • Family Values for Life—$17,240 for Jump Start to New You: Mind-Body Connections.
  • Hold Your Horses—$15,000 for Restorative Workshops.
  • LION Community Enrichment Programs, Inc.—$19,830 for Women's Integrative Transformational Healing Program in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
  • Manitou Wellness—$25,000 for Holistic Mind Body Self-Care for Building Resilient Communities in Winona, Minnesota.
  • People Serving People—$20,000 for Culturally Reflective Trauma Healing Practices.
  • People’s Movement Center—Pangea World Theater as fiscal agent—$20,000 for Connecting with ME: Creating a Youth Mindfulness Engagement Hub.
  • Progressive Individual Resources, Inc.—$25,000 for Changing Directions, Changing Lives: Building African Mind-Body Healing Practices in Communities.
  • Solomon’s Song—$23,000 for Solomon's Song Road to Resiliency.
  • St. Paul Youth Services—$25,000 for YouthPower: Healing and Identity.
  • St. Stephen’s Human Services—$15,000 for St. Stephen's Human Services Journey to Equity, Health, and Healing.
  • Touchstone Mental Health—$25,000 for Touchstone Mind Body Skills Project.
  • Tubman—$25,000 for Culture of Wellness.
  • White Earth Land Recovery Project—$20,000 for Mending the Circle of Life: White Earth Indigenous Mindfulness Empowerment.


Contact: Kate Lilja Lohnes
Phone: 952.893.7140


Maine Health Access Foundation (Augusta, ME)

The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) awarded 10 nonprofit organizations with funding to support advocacy work to preserve or expand health care coverage so that Maine people have access to quality, affordable health care. These nonprofit organizations ensure the needs of uninsured, underserved, and low-income people are considered as the state and national governments debate health reforms that will impact hundreds of thousands of Maine people. The grants total $785,000 for projects that will continue through 2018. 

As leaders debate proposed health reforms, including the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act—as well as state and federal budgets that impact health coverage for families with low incomes—these grantees will work to ensure that the voices of Maine’s most vulnerable residents are heard. 

MeHAF has consistently supported health advocacy work since 2010 and considers it a critical component to advancing its mission of promoting access to quality health care for those who are uninsured and underserved and improving the health of everyone in Maine.

Contact: Morgan Hynd
Phone: 207.620.8266 x116


RCHN Community Health Foundation (New York, NY)

A new three-year gift from the RCHN Community Health Foundation (RCHN CHF) of more than $1 million will support the Geiger Gibson Program at the Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at George Washington University. The latest gift represents a continuation of the foundation’s multiyear, multi-million dollar commitment to the program, a unique academic training and research initiative in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

The new gift brings the total awarded by RCHN CHF to the school to more than $5 million to build on and enhance the ongoing, multifaceted program activities, including:

  • policy analysis on the effects on health centers and medically-underserved communities of policy and health reforms at the national and state levels, and publication of that research,
  • a rich agenda of policy and translational research, measuring the impact of community and primary care health interventions, and helping to promote practical applications of high-value approaches,
  • support for graduate student research assistantships in policy issues and research methods,
  • the Emerging Leaders and Capstone programs, which help train and recognize early career health center professionals working in medically-underserved communities,
  • the Distinguished Visitor program, which invites health center and primary care association leaders to share their lifetime achievements in policy and practice  as guest lecturers, advisors and mentors, serving as an inspiration to students, School faculty and university colleagues, and
  • the Geiger Gibson Symposium in Health Policy, convened as part of the National Association of Community Health Centers’ annual policy forum in Washington, DC.The RCHN Community Health Foundation support to date has produced more than four dozen policy research briefs and landmark reports under the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative banner, as well as an extensive body of peer-reviewed literature and special reports used by federal and state policymakers, news media, and community health centers. The research focus is developed annually in conjunction with the guidance of an advisory committee of prominent academic, policy, and community health center leaders.

The original gift in 2007 was the largest single gift to the Milken Institute SPH at the time, and supported the early establishment and growth of the Geiger Gibson program. The foundation’s gifts have generated a return of about four to one from other project awards, investments, and funders to support the program’s work. In 2016 alone, the collaborative produced or helped support:

  • a study analyzing the economic impact, in terms of job losses at a state-specific level, of repeal of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA),
  • a report documenting how the ACA has increased health insurance coverage of patients served by migrant health centers,
  • an annual survey of community health center growth and a current snapshot of community health centers and their patients, in Medicaid expansion and non-expansion states, and
  • an analysis that reviews Medicaid payment reform to health centers and offers an in-depth profile of payment reform approaches in five Medicaid expansion states.

Contact: Kathy Fackelmann
Phone: 202.994.8354


Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awarded Caritas grants for the Spring 2017 grant cycle. These grants bear the name of one of the guiding principles of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, in omnibus caritas, meaning “in all things charity.” In total, 47 organizations were awarded Caritas Spring 2017 funding totaling $112,200 to continue providing services to individuals and families in South Carolina. Recipients include:

  • Anderson Free Clinic
  • Angels Charge Ministry
  • Backpack Buddies Seabrook Island
  • Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic
  • CareFIRST Carolina Foundation
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston - Piedmont Deanery
  • Center for Community Services
  • Charleston Jewish Federation
  • Cherokee County Free Medical Clinic
  • Circle of Hope Ministries
  • Columbia Oral Health Clinic
  • East Cooper Ecumenical Network
  • East Cooper Meals on Wheels
  • EmmanuWheel
  • Family Promise of Beaufort County Inc.
  • Family Promise of Pickens County
  • Food Bank of Greenwood County
  • Four Holes Indian Organization Edisto Tribal
  • Free Medical Clinic
  • Golden Corner Food Pantry
  • Greer Relief & Resources Agency
  • Hands of Christ
  • Harvest Hope Food Bank
  • Help 4 Kids Florence
  • Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach
  • ICNA Relief USA, Shifa Free Clinic
  • Loaves & Fishes
  • Lutheran Social Services of the Greater Charleston Area
  • Meals on Wheels Bluffton-Hilton Head
  • MedNeed of SC
  • Mercy Medicine Clinic
  • North Family Community School
  • Oconee Presbyterian Service Fund
  • Operation Sight
  • Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates
  • Second Helpings, Inc.
  • Senior Resources
  • Sistercare
  • Smith Medical Clinic
  • Shelter and Nutrition for All Children (SNAC)
  • Timmonsville Boys & Girls Club
  • Union County Carnegie Library
  • United Christian Ministries of Abbeville County
  • Vital Aging of Williamsburg County
  • Volunteers in Medicine
  • Winfield Heights Baptist Church
  • York County Free Clinic

Nonprofit organizations working to meet the needs of vulnerable populations in South Carolina are encouraged to visit the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina’s website for grant guidelines.

Contact: Langley Shealy
Phone: 803.254.0230, x19


Sister of Charity Foundation of Canton (Canton, OH)

Last fall, to commemorate two decades of service to the community, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton offered a competitive grant program, Developing Servant Leaders in Stark County. The program, which was open to all Stark County schools serving students from kindergarten through 12th grade, offered grants up to $1,000 to plan and implement projects focused on the growth and well-being of people and the communities where they live.

Canton Montessori School received a grant for its Operation Warm Winter project. Under the direction of teacher Stephanie Liotti, elementary students shopped for supplies and have been making blankets, hats, and scarves for residents staying in the Refuge of Hope homeless shelter.

The project offered multiple benefits for both the students and the recipients of the items. The project helped children learn about the challenges in their community and how to make a difference. Furthermore, the knitting, knotting, and sewing helped students develop math skills, and follow the Montessori Practical Life curriculum, which dictates that children should undertake tasks that help them become increasingly independent.

Most importantly to the foundation, this project exemplifies what a servant leader is: someone who focuses on the well-being of people and the communities where they live.

Contact: Rebecca Gallant


Sister of Charity Foundation of Cleveland (Cleveland, OH)

Business, community, and civic leaders with a hunch of how to change the trajectory of poverty in Cleveland now have a powerful new opportunity to make their innovative ideas reality. The Innovation Mission: Fighting Poverty with Big Ideas is a ground-breaking initiative of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, developed in collaboration with the Cleveland Leadership Center.

The 18-month fellowship allows professionals to keep their jobs, while spending at least 12 weeks turning their idea into a real-life solution. Applicants are sought from the for-profit, nonprofit, and public sectors. Fellowship applications are due July 17, and four fellows will be announced in September.

Contact: Rebecca Gallant