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Grants & Programs

July 2017

American Brain Foundation and The McKnight Brain Research Foundation (Minneapolis, MN)

The McKnight Brain Research Foundation and the American Brain Foundation have announced a new scholarship award that will advance research in cognitive aging to benefit people with age-related memory loss. Ten McKnight Clinical Translational Research Scholarships in Cognitive Aging and Age-related Memory Loss will be awarded for the period 2018 to 2022. The scholarships will be funded by a $1.65 million grant from the McKnight Brain Research Foundation, through the American Brain Foundation and the American Academy of Neurology. The scholarships will provide early career clinicians with $150,000 over two years in stipend and research-related costs. Applications are open to young investigators interested in devoting significant research time in cognitive aging and age-related memory loss. The deadline is October 1, 2017.

Contact: Jane Ransom or J. Lee Dockery
Phone: 612.928.6317 or 352.377.5873


Blue Shield of California Foundation (San Francisco, CA)

Blue Shield of California Foundation announced $11.2 million in grants to improve the quality of health care and domestic violence services for the most vulnerable Californians. A key focus of the foundation’s second-quarter funding is to promote innovative, value-based service-delivery integration for health care, domestic violence, and other social services to ensure effective, coordinated care.

Targeted at urban and rural safety net providers, these grants will continue to support health information exchanges and other technology inter-operability projects, as well as new models of care delivery addressing access to specialty care and behavioral health services. This funding aims to transform the ability of the safety net to offer seamless, well-coordinated care and bring California safety net providers closer to a “no wrong door” model in which patients with complex problems can always be redirected to the best available services. Grant recipients include:

  • California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
  • Community Health Partnership, Inc.
  • Futures Without Violence
  • JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.
  • Prevention Institute
  • Public Health Institute
  • Social Finance, Inc.

These grants bring the foundation’s total philanthropic giving to nearly $396 million since 2002. A complete list of Q2 awards can be found at the link below. 

Phone: 415.229.6080


The Foundation for a Healthy High Point (High Point, NC)

On June 14, 2017, the board of directors for The Foundation for a Healthy High Point approved $393,842 in grants to local organizations and nonprofits as a part of the foundation’s spring grant cycle. Approximately 49 percent of the awarded funds support pregnancy prevention and early intervention programs. In 2016, the foundation launched its first strategic initiative, Healthy Beginnings, which focuses on teen pregnancy and early intervention.

The board of directors approved the following grants for the spring 2017 grant cycle:

  • Caring Services, Inc.—$22,000 to assist with expanding access to substance abuse prevention programs and Naloxone distribution services.
  • Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, Inc.—$72,000 to assist with the Partnering for Healthy Parenting Program.
  • Community Clinic of High Point—$34,078 to assist with increasing program capacity.
  • Guilford Child Development—$56,406 to assist with support of the Nurse-Family Partnership Program.
  • Guilford Non-Profit Consortium—$133,438 to assist with customized capacity-building efforts to strengthen nonprofit organizations.
  • World Relief High Point—$35,998 to assist with trauma-related training and services.
  • YWCA High Point—$65,000 to assist with expansion of the Making Proud Choices program.

In addition, the foundation approved $9,000 through its Small Grants Program to NC MedAssist to assist with providing behavioral health medications for High Point patients.

Contact: Tina Markanda
Phone: 336.822.7744


Health Foundation for Western and Central New York (Buffalo, NY)

The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York has selected 34 skilled professionals from health-related and safety net organizations throughout western and central New York for its eighth cohort of Health Leadership Fellows.

The goal of the Health Leadership Fellows program is to produce a network of diverse, highly-skilled leaders that will learn to lead collaboratively from both within and outside of their organizations and become advocates for improved health care delivery, particularly for older adults and children impacted by poverty.

During the 18-month program, which begins in September 2017, fellows will participate in sessions on personal leadership, results-based leadership, leading change, and communicating as a leader. In additional to four residential retreats, fellows will meet monthly and will develop a collaborative inter-organizational project in a small team setting. Each fellow will also receive executive coaching.

The 2017-2019 Western and Central New York Fellows are:

  • Betsy Behrend, Senior Director of Operations and Communications, Say Yes Buffalo
  • Denise Bothwell, Administrator, Elderwood at Lancaster
  • Kathleen Bronson, Outcome Broker for Green and Healthy Homes, Home Headquarters
  • Renee Cadzow, Assistant Professor, Health Services Administration Director, Center for Research on Physical Activity, Sport and Health, D’Youville College
  • Aaron Carlson, Finance Director, The Dale Association
  • Patricia Carey, Vice President of School Age Services, Upstate Cerebral Palsy
  • Judette Dahleiden, Woman, Infant and Children Program Director, Catholic Charities
  • Gary Damon, Jr., County Director, Center for Employment Opportunities
  • Joseph DiStasio, CFO, Lake Shore Behavioral Health
  • Bridget Dolbear, Program Services Coordinator, Oswego County Opportunities – Nutrition Services
  • DeAnna Eason, Executive Director, House Opportunities Made Equal
  • Concetta Ferguson, Senior Vice President, People, Inc.
  • Lisa Fasolo Frishman, Senior Program Officer, Health Foundation for Western and Central New York
  • Beth Gosch, Executive Director, The Western New York Foundation
  • R. Marc Howe, Chief Operating Officer, Neighborhood Health Center
  • Pamela Kefi, Executive Director, Deaf Access Services
  • Jodi Martin, Supervising Public Health Nurse, Oswego County Health Department
  • Jane Mogavero, Executive Director, Patrick P. Lee Foundation
  • Jessie Mossop, Director of Quality Improvement and Information Services, Jericho Road Community Health Center
  • Rebecca Newberry, Executive Director, Clean Air Coalition
  • Karen Nicolson, CEO, Center for Elder Law and Justice
  • Brandiss Pearson, Faculty Member, St. Joseph Health, College of Nursing
  • Brittany Perez, Senior Research Associate, Adjunct Instructor, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, University at Buffalo
  • Michael Prutsman, Executive Director, Council on Addiction Recovery Services
  • Karen Pusateri, Managing Director, Towne Square for Aging
  • Karen Rybincki, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Erie County Department of Social Services
  • Karl Shallowhorn, Director of Community Advocacy, Mental Health Association of Erie County & Compeer of Greater Buffalo
  • Rebecca Shultz, Director of Surveillance and Statistics, Onondaga County Health Department
  • Ellen Somers, Assistant Director, Jewish Family Services, Syracuse
  • Constantina Spiropoulos, MD, Pediatrician, Main Pediatrics
  • Manika Suryadevara, Faculty, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Joyelle Tedeschi, Director of Hope Services, Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center
  • Saralin Tiederman, Post-Acute Care Manager, Millennium Collaborative Care
  • Lauren Wetterhahn, Director of Program Operations, Central New York Care Collaborative

Since 2005, the Health Foundation has accepted 287 Fellows into its program.

Contact: Katherin McLaughlin
Phone: 716.852.3030 x107


MetroWest Health Foundation (Framingham, MA)

MetroWest Health Foundation announced $939,000 in new grants to 20 organizations. These grants will support a variety of community projects aimed at improving health and health care in the region. Organizations receiving grants are:

  • 2 Hockomock Area YMCA - Bernon Family Branch—$10,695 to offer the Diabetes Prevention Program.
  • BayPath Elder Services, Inc.—$36,501 to improve services for LGBTQ elders.
  • Bethany Hill Place, Inc.—$12,460 for safety and hygiene improvements.
  • Bridge of Central Massachusetts, Inc.—$31,000 to provide training to local school systems on self-injury and suicide prevention.
  • Dover-Sherborn Regional School District—$158,040 to provide a reentry program for students returning to school from hospitalizations.
  • Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Inc.—$135,000 to improve clinical care management for those with a high risk of chronic disease.
  • Framingham Board of Health—$39,360 to support wider distribution of naloxone to help address the opioid crisis.
  • Framingham State University—$15,123 to improve mental health screening.
  • Health Care Without Walls, Inc.—$20,000 to provide health care for families residing in homeless shelters.
  • Jeff’s Place Children’s Bereavement Center, Inc.—$20,000 capacity building grant for additional clinical staffing.
  • Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, Inc.—$20,000 to address the social-emotional needs of new immigrant and refugee communities.
  • MetroWest Legal Services, Inc.—$70,770 to support legal services for immigrant youth.
  • Milford Council on Aging—$16,000 to support a comprehensive exercise and wellness program.
  • Morse Institute Library—$11,000 to support a health documentary series.
  • Natick Service Council, Inc.—$10,900 capacity building grant for equipment.
  • RIA House Inc.—$5,000 capacity building grant for assessment tools.
  • Spark Kindness, Inc.—$46,475 to provide parent education services.
  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc.—$75,323 to provide a coordinated approach to addressing homelessness.
  • Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, Inc.—$43,097 to provide mental health services to LGBTQ youth and $14,336 capacity building grant for cultural competency training.
  • Wellesley College, Stone Center for Women—$148,356 to implement depression screening and suicide prevention Programs in the Holliston Public Schools.

Contact: Cathy Glover
Phone: 508.879.7625


The New York Community Trust (New York, NY)

The New York Community Trust recently approved more than $12.3 million in grants to support 65 nonprofits that will strengthen arts groups, tackle hunger, help domestic violence victims find housing, and more. Following are highlights from its grantmaking in health:

  • Treating Depression Digitally: What if an app could sense if a person was depressed and alert a doctor? Montefiore Medical Center will use $152,000 to test an application that allows patients to text their care team while a monitoring system alerts the team to unusual behavior, such as not leaving the house for days.
  • Mental Health Help for Nonprofit Workers: Mental Health Association of New York City and Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York will each receive $75,000 for a joint mental health training program for safety-net agencies. Families with tight finances fear federal cuts to after-school programs, food stamps, and more. These families are turning to nonprofits, where the staff are facing rising demand for services while also worrying that budget cuts could affect their own jobs. This grant will provide the staff with self-care help and referrals to professional mental health services.
  • Help for those with Autism: With simple training, teachers and others can help those with autism spectrum disorder succeed. In 2014, The Trust supported Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC) to train public school staff. With an additional $150,000 from The Trust, QSAC will train more educators and staff of nonprofits serving those with autism.

Additional health-related grants include:

Behavioral Health

  • The Child Center of NY—$120,000 to streamline intake and referral systems.
  • The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center—$125,000 for a substance abuse treatment program for LGBTQ youth.


  • Actors Fund of America—$209,000 to open a senior center in its residential building on West 57th Street for retired performing arts and entertainment professionals.
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine—$141,000 to continue a study of osteosarcoma.
  • American Heart Association—$150,000 to improve emergency care for stroke victims.
  • Institute for Applied Gerontology—$125,000 to develop and share a guide that doctors can use to discuss end-of-life care with Chinese patients and their families.

Contact: Amy Wolf
Phone: 646.214.1004


Northern Virginia Health Foundation (Alexandria, VA)

The Northern Virginia Health Foundation has approved $640,000 in operating support grants to ensure that the Northern Virginia safety net can continue meeting the health care needs of low-income families and individuals.

Grant awards will be made to the following organizations:

  • Arlington Free Clinic—$80,000 to sustain the clinic’s new community referral program and support its growing oral health program’s new fast-track eligibility process for patients with serious medical conditions.
  • Arlington Pediatric Center—$80,000 to support provision of primary care to 3,400 children from low-income families, underwrite costs of the center’s healthy weight management program, and help pay for technical assistance so that the center meets requirements for Medicaid electronic health record incentive payments.
  • Greater Prince William Community Health Center—$80,000 for provision of prenatal care.
  • HealthWorks for Northern Virginia—$80,000 to establish a co-location model for providing primary care to clients of Loudoun County’s Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Disability Services.
  • Neighborhood Health—$80,000 to expand capacity for provision of primary care services in Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia.
  • Northern Virginia Dental Clinic--$80,000 for provision of oral health services.
  • Northern Virginia Family Service— for provision of mental health services.
  • NOVA Scripts Central—to support provision of medications to low-medications and the pharmacy’s health literacy program.

In addition, the foundation budgeted $65,000 to support strategic partnerships with the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, the Regional Primary Care Coalition, the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, and the Virginia Oral Health Coalition.

Contact: Mary Darby
Phone: 703.486.5690


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

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina announced 2017 Immigrant Families Initiative grants totaling $186,920 to ten organizations serving South Carolina’s immigrant and refugee populations during National Immigrant Heritage Month. The goal of the Immigrant Families Initiative is to improve the health, well-being and economic mobility of first and second generation immigrants, mixed status families, and refugees working alongside its grantees, community stakeholders, and philanthropic partners.

Funding in the Immigrant Families Initiative category is intended to assist these programs to:

  • boost resources of families living below 200% of the poverty line to meet basic needs (e.g. a safe, stable place to live, and access to enough food, affordable health coverage, and quality child care),
  • build inclusive, welcoming communities increasing social capital of newcomers, 
  • employ two generation strategies to strengthen and support families,
  • improve educational outcomes from early childhood to postsecondary educational pathways,
  • enhance workforce and career skills for family-sustaining employment or entrepreneurship,
  • support DREAMers positioning them for success and next generation leadership, 
  • bolster efforts to obtain citizenship, naturalization or other legal statuses, and
  • increase civic engagement to strengthen communities and create social change.

The foundation partnered with ten grantees serving immigrants and refugees across South Carolina:

  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston – Office of Immigration Services
  • Hispanic Alliance
  • Lutheran Services Carolinas
  • Mi Amigos Bilingual Educational Center
  • Neighborhood Outreach Connection
  • PASOs
  • Si Se Puede at Richland School District Two
  • South Carolina Legal Services
  • Student Action with Farmworkers
  • YMCA of Beaufort County

Contact: Langley Shealy
Phone: 803.254.0230 x19


Moses Taylor Foundation (Scranton, PA)

The board of directors of Moses Taylor Foundation approved its 2016-2017 fourth quarter grants, awarding a total of $569,149 to five organizations that advance the foundation’s strategic priority of promoting health and wellness throughout northeast Pennsylvania.

The full list of 2016-2017 fourth quarter grants is:

  • Children’s Service Center—$200,000 for continued support in constructing the Children’s Service Center’s 18,000 square-foot comprehensive outpatient clinic in downtown Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
  • Meals on Wheels of Northeastern Pennsylvania—$30,000 to assist with the operation of its Home Delivered Meals program.
  • Serving Seniors—$20,000 for general operating support of its Guardianship of Person Program.
  • The Wright Center—$279,149 to support the renovation and construction of expanded clinical space at West Scranton Intermediate School.
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Pennsylvania—$40,000 in program support for the Lekotek and Compuplay program.

Contact: LaTida Smith
Phone: 570.207.3731


Williamsburg Health Foundation (Williamsburg, VA)

On June 5, 2017, the Williamsburg Health Foundation’s board of trustees awarded just over $3.5 million to programs in Greater Williamsburg, Virginia. The list of 20 grants includes funds for programs that provide access to health care, including behavioral health, as well as access to medication. This year’s grants for medication access expanded to include a pilot program to provide generic medication, which has become increasingly expensive, at affordable prices to those without health insurance.

The foundation made a strategic decision a few years ago to focus on providing opportunities for residents to lead healthier lives and to make healthier choices. In line with this decision, the foundation funds the provision of healthier foods in neighborhoods that are ‘food deserts,’ as well as the School Health Initiative Project, which engages Williamsburg James City County Public School students and families in healthy eating and active living.

Contact: Jeanne Zeidler
Phone: 757.345.0912