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Grants & Programs

October 2017

Allegany Franciscan Ministries (Palm Harbor, FL)

Allegany Franciscan Ministries announced almost $2.9 million in Major, Tau, ACOR, and All Region Grant awards. Common Good Initiative investments benefitting the health and wellness of underserved and marginalized people in Wimauma, Florida in FY17 were also released. A total of over $6 million in grants were awarded in the three regions in which Allegany Franciscan Ministries serves - Tampa Bay, Florida (Hillsborough and Pinellas counties); Palm Beach, Florida (Martin, St. Lucie, and Palm Beach counties); and Miami-Dade, Florida.

Seventeen organizations were awarded more than $1.4 million for the Common Good Initiative in Wimauma, Florida including: $50,000 to Enterprising Latinas; and $320,000 to Catholic Volunteers in Florida. An additional $100,000 was committed for the Fellowship for the Common Good, and multiple smaller investments were made.

Major grant FY17 commitments in Tampa Bay total $847,000 and include:

  • Collaborative Labs – Nonprofit Strategic Engagement ($20,000)
  • Coptic Orthodox Charities ($150,000)
  • Faith and Action for Strength Together ($200,000)
  • Faith Community Nursing ($160,000)
  • Medical Respite for Homeless Adults at Pinellas Hope ($75,000)
  • Medication Assistance Program ($65,000)
  • ReachUp ($177,000)

These major grants are closely aligned with Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ focus to help underserved and marginalized populations increase their access to health care and improve their health by eliminating barriers to health, advocating for health reform, and providing health navigation and care coordination.

Fourteen Tampa Bay organizations received a total of $124,000 in Tau Grant funds to increase access to health care and improve the health status for underserved and marginalized populations. Tau Grants are awarded to small and midsized local nonprofit organizations to assist with organizational or program needs that are limited in time and scope.

Eight All Region Fund grant recommendations were awarded totaling $225,000, for FY17. This year’s All Region Fund grants supported statewide efforts focused on health care and community engagement and philanthropic partnerships, as well as international disaster recovery.

Twenty ACOR Grants totaling $252,750 were approved for FY17. ACOR Grants are unique, requiring an affiliation with the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, including ministries across the United States and in Jamaica, and Brazil.

Contact: Lise Landry Alives
Phone: 727.507.9668


BHHS Legacy Foundation (Phoenix, AZ)

BHHS Legacy Foundation announced more than $2.6 million in grant awards for the first half of 2017, awarded to organizations that improve the health and quality of life for those most in need.

Nearly 45 organizations and programs received funding in the Phoenix, Arizona and Tri-State regions of the foundation’s geographic service area. For example, a grant for $32,000 was awarded to Soldier’s Best Friend to support its program, which pairs United States military veterans living with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury with service or therapeutic companion dogs, most of which are rescued from local shelters.

Another grant for $25,000 was awarded to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix to lend support to Tri-State families who must travel to the Valley for medical care for their children. In 2016, more than 40 families from the Tri-State area stayed at one of three Ronald McDonald houses in Arizona.

Since 2001, BHHS Legacy Foundation has invested more than $85 million in projects, programs, and organizations in four key areas: increasing access to health care; improving community health; expanding Arizona’s health care workforce; and strengthening the community.

Phone: 602.778.1200


Blue Shield Foundation of California (San Francisco, CA)

Blue Shield of California Foundation announced $6 million in grants to contribute to breaking the cycle of domestic violence by enlisting boys and men of color, and to engage new advocates in the development of broader and more integrated approaches to improve the health and lives of the Californians most in need.

The foundation’s third quarter funding includes support for a unique leadership program that engages men and boys of color in the movement to end domestic violence. A grant to PolicyLink, an Oakland, California-based research and social action institute, will expand their work with The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color to explore the detrimental impacts of taking a criminal justice approach to domestic violence, and to investigate the role of trauma, culture, and community violence on young lives and develop preventative solutions.

Another grant will support the Public Health Institute to manage the newly created “California Future Health Workforce Commission.” The foundation joins The California Endowment, The California Health Care Foundation, and The California Wellness Foundation in this collaborative effort to broaden and strengthen the state’s health care workforce to meet current and future demands, and to improve access to high-quality care, particularly for patients in underserved communities.

A full list of quarterly grants and recipient organizations can be found here.

Contact: Christine Maulhardt
Phone: 415.229.6145


Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation (New York, NY)

University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine cardiologist Anil Gehi, MD, will use a $1.7 million grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation to further innovate a care model, launched in 2015, that reduced hospitalizations for patients with atrial fibrillation (Afib) presenting in the emergency room by more than 30 percentage points in its first year. The three-year grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation will enable Dr. Gehi to continue development of a new protocol he established at UNC Medical Center through a pilot grant from the UNC Center for Health Innovation and adapt and evaluate its application in primary care and urgent care settings as well. UNC President Margaret Spellings applauded Dr. Gehi’s work and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation team. "We’re committed to increasing the amount of world-class research at our universities because these efforts spur economic growth and improve the quality of life of our citizens,” said President Spellings. “We are extremely proud of Dr. Gehi’s work and thankful that it is being sustained through the generosity of the BMS Foundation.” “Supporting significant innovations in access to cardiovascular care that are homegrown by those caring for patients in safety net settings is a top priority for the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation,” said John Damonti, president, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. “This partnership with UNC Health Care will help patients access the right care, in the right setting, in a timely manner and receive the education and support they need to manage their Afib.”

For many Afib patients – particularly those in vulnerable populations – access to specialty care can be extremely limited. Gehi hopes this grant can improve and perhaps remedy the lack of access in areas in and around the Triangle, Rocky Mount, and High Point through partnerships with other hospitals. The Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation grant will allow Gehi to expand this program throughout the UNC Health Care system, and potentially into other clinics and hospitals in North Carolina and across the country.


CDC Foundation (Atlanta, GA)

The CDC Foundation activated its Emergency Response Fund to help the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tackle the widespread health challenges created by Hurricane Harvey. The fund will extend CDC’s response, providing essential supplies and vital assistance as frontline experts work with partners to address community health needs and public health infrastructure in the storm’s aftermath. While there are many organizations that respond with aid during a disaster, the CDC Foundation’s fund is unique because it supports CDC experts as they address public health threats that arise in the days, weeks, and months after an emergency situation. In the past, the CDC Foundation’s Emergency Response funds helped save and improve lives by supporting CDC’s efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina, the Ebola and Zika epidemics, the Haiti earthquake, and the Southeast Asian tsunami.

Contact: Amy Tolchinsky
Phone: 404.523.3486


The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts (Worcester, MA)

The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts has awarded grants for four Health Care and Health Promotion Synergy Initiative projects. These are three- to five-year projects that move from a planning year to a pilot year to full implementation.

  • Partnership for Refugee Wellness (Implementation)—to integrate case management services for refugees in Worcester, Massachusetts through partnerships with local community health centers participating in the UMass Memorial Medicaid Accountable Care Organization. ($40,000)
  • ReImagine North of Main (Implementation, Year 2)—to transform the area of Fitchburg, Massachusetts through economic development and community engagement into one where both current and future residents and businesses want to live, work, play, and invest. ($394,734)
  • Worcester Healthy Environments and Resiliency in Schools (Implementation, Year 2)—to provide students in the Worcester Public Schools with improved access to care, improved mental health resources, and safer school environments. ($392,517)
  • Worcester Regional Food Hub (Implementation, Year 1)—to improve the regional food system by strengthening sustainable agriculture and promoting healthy eating. ($500,075)

The foundation also awarded a Health Care and Health Promotion Synergy Initiative implementation grant for a fifth year of the A Better Life project to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and reliance on public housing by providing comprehensive wrap-around services that promote self-sufficiency, with a goal of broad replication of this model through state and federal policy changes. ($205,000)

Contact: Amie Shei
Phone: 508.438.0009, x2


HNH Foundation (Concord, NH)

The HNH Foundation awarded $234,202 in grants in Spring 2017. The awards benefited 10 health-related initiatives and projects at nonprofit and community organizations across the state. The HNH Foundation made one-year grants to address the health of New Hampshire’s youngest and most vulnerable children and their families.

Grants awarded include support for promoting oral health, increasing access to locally-grown food, preventing childhood obesity, and improving capacity to help infants and young children who have experienced trauma.

Grant recipients include: Antioch University New England, Central NH Regional Planning Commission, Hunger Free Vermont, Merrimack County Conservation District, Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, The Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success, Turning Points Network, University of New Hampshire, and Fair Food Network.

Contact: Gail Garceau
Phone: 603.229.3260


Palm Healthcare Foundation (West Palm Beach, FL)

Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc. has awarded nearly $2 million to local nonprofit organizations. Together, the funding will support the increased health and wellbeing of Palm Beach County, Florida residents. All of the grant dollars were awarded in fiscal year 2017. Palm Healthcare Foundation’s grants to area health organizations in FY2017 by health priority include:

Behavioral Health

  • Achievement Center for Children and Families-Healthier Delray Beach ($200,000)
  • Community Partners-Healthier Neighbors ($200,000)
  • Community Partners-Healthier Lake Worth ($200,000)
  • Leading Change for Better Brain Health Campaign ($25,000)


  • El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center ($10,000)
  • Genesis Community Health ($15,600)
  • Jupiter Medical Center- Healthier Jupiter ($200,000)

Family Caregiving

  • Pathways to Prosperity-Healthier Boynton Beach ($200,000)
  • Wellington Cares ($10,000)

Nursing Advancement

  • Palm Beach Atlantic University ($100,000)
  • Palm Healthcare Foundation Nursing Scholarships-George Snow Scholarship Fund ($200,000)
  • Palm Healthcare Foundation Nursing Scholarships-George Snow Scholarship Fund ($10,000)

Special Projects

  • American Cancer Society ($100,000)
  • Cleveland Clinic Florida ($28,618)
  • El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center ($30,000)
  • Granted Rent at Palm Healthcare Pavilion ($250,000)
  • Hanley Foundation ($50,000)\
  • Health Council of Southeast Florida ($85,000)
  • The Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach County ($25,000)
  • Sari Center for Integrative Care/Palm Beach Cancer Institute Foundation ($2,500)
  • School District of Palm Beach County ($3,650)
  • South Florida Science Center & Aquarium, Inc. ($60,000)
  • South Florida Science Center & Aquarium, Inc. ($57,021)
  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (Boca Raton Office) ($28,403)
  • Youth for Christ ($52,000)


Contact: Debbie Abrams
Phone: 561.706.0202


Paso del Norte Health Foundation (El Paso, TX)

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded 10 grants totaling more than $1.2 million under the Healthy Eating and Active Living Priority Area – HEAL Initiative. The purpose of the HEAL initiative is to make healthy eating and active living the easy choice for youth and their families.

Funded organizations are:

  • Arbol de Vida—to promote physical fitness and nutrition among children in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. ($142,973.88)
  • Border Partners—to offer promotora-led nutrition classes, home gardening, and the creation of facilities for physical activity to increase fruit and vegetable intake and physical activity opportunities for 1,400 children and their families in Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico. ($78,672)
  • Children at Risk—to provide a legislative debrief in El Paso, Texas. ($6,000)
  • Ciudadanos Comprometidos con la Paz, A.C.—to provide healthy meals, teach portion control and preparation of healthy foods and offer physical activities for 250 children 6 to 16 years old across six community centers in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México over 12 months. ($176,772.44)
  • Counseling Center Inc.—to implement the Eat Well Otero program, which helps restaurants offer healthier options and standardized appropriate portion sizes in Otero County, New Mexico over 12 months. ($31,328)
  • Kelly Memorial Food Pantry—to pilot test sustainability of the Fresh Place model to assist pantry clients in achieving self-sufficiency in El Paso, Texas. ($143,535)
  • New Mexico State University Foundation, Inc.—to encourage young girls to participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity after school through mentorship by female volunteer role-models over 24 months in Las Cruces, New Mexico. ($212,602.50)
  • New Mexico State University Foundation, Inc.—to increase the annual graduation of Registered Dietitian (RDs) from six to 12 per year and prepare additional qualified professionals to fill open RDs positions in the Paso del Norte region. ($96,197.20)
  • Paso del Norte Children’s Development Center—to introduce, implement, and sustain the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding Program® in the Paso del Norte region. ($262,101.62)
  • Texans Care for Children—to support of policy and advocacy programs to improve the health and wellness of Texas children and families. ($25,000)

Contact: Michael Kelly
Phone: 915.544.7636


Salem Health and Wellness Foundation (Carneys Point, NJ)

The Salem Health and Wellness Foundation and the Community Foundation of New Jersey announced $1,079,679 in grant funds were awarded to the following organizations since January 2017:

  • American Legion Ambulance Association—in support of its county-wide EMS effort, to reduce response times. ($275,000)
  • Bancroft—for programs that provide health related support for both residents and staff at its Lakeside, New Jersey location. ($292,500)
  • Catholic Charities—for support of its Salem Nutrition Initiative working with emergency food pantries. ($73,780)
  • Community Outreach Unlimited—to support a community-wide health fair with a focus on seniors. ($2,500)
  • Elsinboro Fire Company—to assist in the purchase of a Power Load Stretcher System for its new ambulance. ($25,000)
  • FamCare—to support the teen pregnancy initiative “Are You Talkin’ to Me?” ($87,000)
  • Farmyard Education Foundation—to support outreach to preschools through the foundation’s farm-to-school program. ($2,500)
  • Habitat for Humanity—in support of its Handyman Program. ($100,000)
  • Mary Shoemaker School—for a community health fair. ($600)
  • Meals on Wheels—to provide nutritious meals to seniors and disabled in Salem County, New Jersey by eliminating waiting lists. ($98,000)
  • Partners for Prevention—to expand its Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute program dealing with underage drinking to additional schools. ($40,000)
  • Ranch Hope—supporting the purchase of generators for two of its resident cottages. ($15,299)
  • Salem Community College—providing scholarship support to the RN/APN educational tracts. ($60,000)
  • Salem County Sheriff’s Office—to support education on safety during county-wide emergencies. ($2,500)
  • Salem Little League—to purchase AED’s for the athletic fields. ($2,500)
  • Stand Up for Salem—to support its 10-mile Cowtown run which includes a 5K as well. ($2,500)

Contact: Brenda Goins
Phone: 856.299.4460