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Grants & Programs

July 2018

California Wellness Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)

The California Wellness Foundation approved $13.4 million in funding under its Advancing Wellness grants program. Almost a quarter of that funding went to help underrepresented groups raise their voices and advocate for policies that advance health and wellness.

The foundation supported improved access to postsecondary education for foster youth and homeless young people by awarding grants to California Youth Connection and SchoolHouse Connection. It protected affordable health coverage, including oral health care benefits, through a grant to Families USA. It helped sustain PolicyLink's health equity agenda. It also supported survivors of the Thomas Fire and the subsequent mudslides through grants to the Ventura County Community Foundation and the United Way of Ventura County. Finally, it supported young people who are bravely demanding common-sense gun laws by supporting Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, and Mobilize the Immigrant Vote.

People from underrepresented groups of all ages will learn leadership and policy advocacy skills to improve health in their communities through grants made to: East Bay Community Foundation; Inland Empowerment; Korean Resource Center; Southeast Asian Community Alliance; and Engage San Diego.

Contact: Sande Smith
Phone: 415.908.3009


Center for Health Care Strategies (Trenton, NJ)

As states across the country seek to improve health care quality and curb health-related spending, CDC’s 6|18 Initiative provides a clear, evidence-based pathway to help Medicaid and public health partners jointly pursue prevention strategies to enhance health outcomes and control costs. To maximize these opportunities, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) shared A Resource Center for Implementing CDC’s 6|18 Initiative, a new online compendium created to support Medicaid agencies, public health departments, and other stakeholders as they collaborate to pursue proven interventions for six prevalent, high-burden conditions.

Developed by CHCS with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this website offers: a robust set of practical resources for Medicaid, public health and managed care organizations; an interactive map of state 6|18 activities; profiles of select state accomplishments; and condition-specific resources; among many other tools.

The site’s practical orientation and hands-on resources draw from technical assistance that CHCS and partners, including the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Association of Medicaid Directors, and the State Health Access Data Assistance Center, have provided to state Medicaid and public health teams over the last two years to help them design and implement 6|18 efforts.

Contact: Lorie F. Martin
Phone: 609.528.8400


Episcopal Health Foundation (Houston, TX)

The Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) is making a $10 million investment to strengthen community-based clinics and organizations to provide a wider range of health services and go beyond the doctor’s office to identify and prevent the underlying causes of poor health. The investment is the first step in EHF’s new five-year effort that includes a refocused goal to strengthen systems of health in Texas to not only become more accessible and equitable, but also to improve health, not just health care.

EHF’s investment includes:

  • The University of Texas Health Science Center—to transform the system of reproductive health by changing practice within clinics to improve access to effective contraceptive services for low-income women in Harris County, Texas. ($1 million)
  • CommUnity Care—to expand a team-based model that includes community health workers, pharmacists, dieticians, and physicians to work with patients battling chronic diseases and proactively identify gaps in patients’ care before they become sick. ($892,217)
  • Stephen F. Austin Community Health Network—to develop a fully-integrated primary care and behavioral health system at multiple clinics in Brazoria and Galveston counties in Texas. ($400,000)

Along with strengthening community-based clinics, EHF’s new investment also includes grants for eight organizations that are expanding health insurance coverage and other benefits for Texans with the least resources. These grantees enroll eligible Texans in programs and follow up to ensure that they receive health services. Projects include organizations working with homeless people in Houston, Texas, Vietnamese groups across the Texas Gulf Coast, low-income families in Austin, Texas, and others. 

Other EHF grants include:

  • Andrews Center—to strengthen the ability of the local mental health authority to operate effectively by making improvements in revenue cycle, financial practice management, and organizational culture change. ($440,000)
  • Austin Community Foundation—to support the Texas Mental Health Collaborative Fund, a statewide coalition of foundations funding large-scale mental health projects. ($25,000)
  • The Beacon—to provide support for enrollment in SSI/SSDI benefits for eligible adults who are homeless or at risk for being homeless and have a mental illness or co-occurring substance use disorder. ($143,676)
  • Boat People S.O.S.—to support enrollment and education of underserved Vietnamese and other Asian individuals in health insurance and health benefits coverage. ($130,000)
  • Casa Marianella—to assist low-income individuals and families enrolling in health-related benefits and to support them in receiving health care from a qualified provider. ($405,000)
  • Center for Public Policy Priorities—to support to outreach and health insurance enrollment providers and to provide education to diverse Texas stakeholders and leaders on threats to the health care safety net. ($300,000)
  • Genesis PrimeCare—to integrate behavioral health services into its primary care clinic in Marshall, Texas. ($150,000)
  • El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission—to support patient navigation services at the Mallory Wallace Clinic and continue building organizational infrastructure and financial sustainability. ($856,104)
  • El Centro de Corazon—to strengthen infrastructure by improving the clinic’s quality management program and enhancing the integration of preventive health-related services into the community. ($160,050)
  • Epiphany Community Health Services—to assist low-income individuals and families enrolling in health-related benefits, support clients in receiving health care from qualified provider, and to provide organizational effectiveness support. ($400,000)
  • Foundation Communities—to educate, enroll, and navigate high-needs clients in Affordable Care Act health insurance plans. (150,000)
  • Healthcare for the Homeless—to support an ongoing capacity building initiative and provide general operating support for highly-integrated primary, behavioral, and social health services for homeless Houstonians. ($180,000)
  • Lone Star Circle of Care—to identify the key areas needed to ready the clinic’s service, infrastructure, and processes to transform to value-based payment models. ($165,000)
  • Lone Star Circle of Care clinics—to increase the ability to provide care management for patients with chronic disease and connect patients to specialty care and social services. ($250,000)
  • Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Program—to establish a new clinic site providing integrated clinical care. ($300,000)
  • Memorial Assistance Ministries—to provide application assistance to eligible families for Harris Health System’s financial assistance, Medicaid, CHIP, Children’s Medicaid, SNAP, and TANF benefits. ($153,627)
  • Northwest Assistance Ministries—to provide comprehensive pediatric health services, intensive case management, and enhanced asthma services. ($300,000)
  • Palacios Community Medical Center—to provide operating expenses to expand access, add behavioral health services, and additional specialty care service. ($100,000)
  • People’s Community Clinic—to provide general operating support and expand and strengthen the clinic’s ability to navigate their patients to specialty care. ($350,000)
  • Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc.—to improve access to high-quality, comprehensive reproductive health services and preventive care to low-income, medically underserved individuals in the Texas Gulf Coast region. ($300,000)
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas—to provide high-quality, affordable reproductive health care to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured patients. ($300,000)
  • SEARCH Homeless Services—to support enrollment in services to help individuals who are homeless or at risk for being homeless qualify for SSI/SSDI and Medicaid benefits. ($186,540)
  • Special Health Resources for Texas—to support the expansion of integrated behavioral health services to rural communities. ($250,000)
  • Teen Health Clinic at Baylor College of Medicine—to provide primary, reproductive, specialty, and behavioral health care to students through the clinic at Wisdom High School. ($100,000)
  • Texas Children’s Hospital—to pilot a model to embed behavioral health service in private pediatric practices serving Medicaid or CHIP-enrolled patients and to encourage adoption of this model by additional practices and community clinics. ($174,400)
  • The Rose in Houston—to provide a continuum of breast health care for medically underserved women and to explore the feasibility and begin operations of preventive/primary health care services on The Rose’s Mammography Health Coach. ($350,000)
  • VCare Clinics—to support a dental care clinic to help achieve financial sustainability. ($100,000)
  • Vecino Health Centers—to expand and improve a quality improvement program which will result in better patient outcomes. ($520,000)
  • Wellness Pointe—to implement medical case management for high-risk obstetric patients and children with chronic medical conditions. ($75,000)
  • Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas—to increase the capacity of comprehensive, community-based clinics to provide client-centered, reproductive health services. ($300,000)

Contact: Brian Sasser
Phone: 832.795.9404


Health Foundation of South Florida (Miami, FL)

Health Foundation of South Florida approved $458,824 for grants within its Behavioral Health and Healthy Eating Active Communities priority areas as well one for its Live Healthy Community Partnerships Initiative. The grants were awarded to five nonprofit health-related organizations in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, Florida.

  • Alliance for a Healthier Generationas part of Health Foundation’s Live Healthy Community Partnerships initiative. ($143,118)
  • Kristi House increase the organization’s clinical staff’s capacity to implement a trauma-informed, evidence-based model to address physical abuse of children. ($43,706)
  • Miami-Dade Countyfor its Complete Streets Collaborative. ($115,000)
  • Sunshine Social Services (dba SunServe)to obtain accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for behavioral health services provided to LGBTQ residents within Broward County, Florida. ($57,000)
  • U.S. Soccer Federation Foundationfor Soccer for Success, an after-school soccer program to help youth establish healthy habits and develop critical life skills. ($100,000 over two years.)

Contact: Shari Gantman
Phone: 305.374.9199


Maine Health Access Foundation (Augusta, ME)

The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) has awarded $600,000 to eight organizations around the state that exemplify community-driven efforts to improve health for communities that face disproportionate barriers to health and well-being. These nonprofit organizations work to improve health access and health status for communities facing health inequities based on factors including race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, or homelessness. Each organization has primary leadership from among the people it serves.

The program will pair three-year unrestricted operating support grants with targeted technical assistance provided both in group and one-on-one settings. Technical assistance will focus on supporting the stability, effectiveness, and overall organizational capacity of under-resourced organizations and communities.

Contact: Jake Grindle
Phone: 207.620.8266


Montana Healthcare Foundation (Bozeman, MT)

Montana Healthcare Foundation announced grant awards for projects submitted during its 2018 call for proposals’ first round of grant funding.

  • MSU - Department of Health & Human Development—to increase mental health access in Gallatin County, Montana.
  • Cascade County Community Health Center—for its Health Wealth Service Partnership pilot program.
  • PureView Health Center—for development of an East Helena, Montana school-based health center.
  • Montana Free Press—for in-depth health care reporting in Montana.

Contact: Melinda Buchheit


Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton (Canton, OH)

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton has approved $355,668 in health-related grants.

  • Aunt Susie’s Cancer Wellness Center for Women—to support transportation to medical appointments for Stark County women who have mobility issues and are undergoing cancer treatment. ($5,000)
  • Canton City Health Department—to support the THRIVE infant mortality project evaluation and administrative expenses. ($150,668 over two years)
  • Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health—to support training and onboarding of new clinical staff. ($75,000)
  • CommQuest Services—to support expansion of opioid treatment services at its Market Avenue building in Canton, Ohio. ($100,000)
  • Mercy Medical Center—to support the Immigrant Health Outreach program. ($25,000)

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton offers four grant cycles each year.

Contact: Joni Close
Phone: 330.454.5800


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

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina announced the 2018 Immigrant Families Initiative grants totaling $197,500 to 13 organizations serving South Carolina’s immigrant and refugee populations. The goal of the 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. The foundation is partnering with the following grantees:

  • Hispanic Alliance – Student DREAMers Alliance Program—to support the Student DREAMers Alliance which is an intensive, six-session intervention, spread out over an academic year, for a select group of high-achieving Hispanic youth of mixed immigration status who face barriers to higher education.
  • Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of Lowcountry – Summer Migrant Education Program—to support a summer camp for children of migrant workers on St. Helena Island, South Carolina.
  • Catholic Charities Office of Immigration Services – Expanding Capacity for Immigration Legal Services Program—to support partial salary of a full-time staff attorney position which will increase capacity to meet the overwhelming demand for low-cost, high-quality immigration legal services and to provide community outreach and education on immigrant issues.
  • Community Initiatives – The Immigrant Support Initiative Program—to support the partial salary of the Medical Director, Clinic Manager, and Intake Coordinator who provides clients with the ability to find information, support, and intervention through bilingual case management services and enrollment assistance to address obtaining citizenship, after school/summer programs for children, referrals to county food banks, and housing support.
  • Greenville Tech Foundation – Support DREAMers Attending Greenville Technical College—to support the cost of emergency needs for DREAMer youth pursuing post-secondary education and economic mobility.
  • Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas – Helping Refugees Reach Self-Sufficiency through Employment Program—to provide employment and workforce education services to both newly arrived refugees and refugees who have arrived within the last five years.
  • My Amigos Bilingual Education Center – Living Diversity Through Play—to support the purchase of multicultural and diversity resources for the new preschool site scheduled to open for the 2018-2019 school year, as well as to purchase a smaller number of new materials for current classrooms.
  • Neighborhood Outreach Connection – Sustainable Community Development—to support existing outreach programs focused on education; health screenings to include preventative health care, proper nutrition, and wellness activities; workforce development; and community development activities.
  • PASOs – Building Stronger Latino Communities Together Program—to support the enhancement and expansion of the grassroots leadership training program for Community Health Workers which is founded on the best practice model used extensively throughout Latin America.
  • Richland Library – Mano a Mano Program—to support expertly trained tutors, comprehensive assessments, and integrated progress monitoring to achieve more than incremental changes for students at the greatest risk of falling behind their English-speaking peers.
  • Richland School District 2 – Si Se Puede’s “Student Interpreters” Program—to support the Student Interpreter program which aims to bolster student success through developing students’ professional and academic skills in interpretation and translation.
  • SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center – Power of Dreams: Leadership & Civic Engagement Program—to support the development of a leadership and civic engagement training program open to undocumented individuals, DACA recipients, permanent residents, and United States citizens from immigrant families.  
  • Student Action with Farmworkers – Into the Fields/Hacia Los Campos—to support developing the leadership of young people so they can link farmworkers to services in their communities and advocate for policy change.

Contact: Langley Shealy
Phone: 803.254.0230


Stavros Niarchos Foundation (Kallithea, Greece)

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) awarded Artspace Projects a $500,000 grant in support of its Pullman Artspace Lofts capital campaign. The Pullman Artspace Lofts will provide 38 affordable live/work units for artists and their families in Chicago, Illinois as well as exhibition and community space. The landmark project has been designed into the planning of the Pullman Historic District, a working class “company town” dating to the 1880s that was proposed for partial demolition—but was instead designated a National Monument by President Obama in 2015. Artspace’s mixed-use development is considered a significant investment to the neighborhood and will integrate new construction on vacant land with the historic preservation of two gorgeous apartment buildings, anchoring Pullman’s eastern boundary. The generous grant award from the SNF has allowed Artspace to break ground early Summer 2018 and begin construction.

Contact: Lauren Hiznay
Phone: 212.576.2700


Tufts Health Plan Foundation (Watertown, MA)

Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced a new mini-grant program. The Momentum Fund will advance age-friendly and dementia-friendly work in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Grants of up to $10,000 will support early-stage initiatives and innovative efforts; $100,000 has been allocated for each state. As the only regional funder focused exclusively on healthy aging, the foundation catalyzes local and regional work to strengthen and support communities working to become great places to grow up and grow old.

Momentum Fund resources will be available to nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The foundation has convened local committees in each state to inform decision making, review proposals, and make recommendations for funding.

Contact: Alrie McNiff Daniels
Phone: 857.304.3338


UniHealth Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)

UniHealth Foundation announced grants awarded in March 2018.

  • Health Consortium of Greater San Gabriel Valley—to support the establishment of an ad-hoc Organizational Growth/Sustainability Planning Workgroup to oversee all facets of an in-depth organizational capacity building and sustainability planning initiative. ($49,996 over 6 months)
  • H.O.P.E.—to support H.O.P.E.'s Housing Services Program pilot. ($225,000 over 36 months)
  • Huntington Hospital Pasadena—to support a collaboration between Huntington Hospital, Young & Healthy, and Pasadena Unified School District to develop the Pasadena Trauma-Informed Care Initiative. ($760,679 over 36 months)
  • JVS SoCal HealthWorks—to support the expansion of the HealthWorks Healthcare Careers Development Program, which trains individuals facing multiple barriers to success for fulfilling, growth-focused careers in the health care industry. ($200,000 over 24 months)
  • ONEgeneration—to support an Integrative Fall Prevention Program which will involve direct mobility and balance training, medication management, environmental safety and home assessment and offer home modification assistance with the goal of reducing fall risks among the population served. ($50,000 over 12 months)
  • PATH—to support the Bridge to Health and Housing Project, an initiative that seeks to reduce hospital recidivism and activate health stability among homeless and formerly homeless seniors in Los Angeles County, California. ($450,000 over 36 months)
  • Public Counsel—to provide free legal services and training to support the capacity of Los Angeles, California safety-net health care providers and health-affiliated organizations. ($135,000 over 24 months)
  • Public Health Advocates—to support the planning phase of the Los Angeles Faith in Health Diabetes Prevention Network. ($75,000 over 12 months)
  • St. John's Well Child & Family Center—to support the Patient Redesign Project, an initiative aimed at reducing clinic patient cycle times, improving provider productivity, and increasing patient and provider satisfaction. ($500,000 over 24 months)
  • VIP Community Mental Health Center—to support the expansion of the medical capacity of the Adolescent Care & Transition Clinic at the VIP Children's Medical Village at LAC+USC Medical Center. ($316,250 over 24 months)
  • Western University of Health Sciences—to support Year Two of the Summer Healthcare Professionals Education Program, an intensive, residential, education program for undergraduate students underrepresented in health professions to gain exposure, training, and a pathway for career development. ($355,1760 over 12 months)
  • Westside Family Health Center—to support the Diabetes & Hypertension Pilot Project, a strategic approach to improving the outcomes of patients with comorbidities of diabetes and hypertension. ($150,000 over 12 months)