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Grants & Programs

November 2018

Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation (Canton, OH)

The Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation has approved grants totaling $177,760 to nine nonprofit organizations and nine schools. The foundation supports programs that promote the physical and mental well-being of the people residing in Holmes, Stark, Tuscarawas, and Wayne Counties in Ohio.

The foundation provides $43,000 in scholarships to students engaged in health-related studies at Aultman College, Kent State University Stark, Kent State University Tuscarawas, Malone University, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Stark State College, University of Akron Wayne College, University of Mount Union, and Walsh University.

Those receiving grants include: 

  • Akron Children’s Hospital—for equipment for its North Canton Health Center. ($10,000)
  • Alliance Family Health Center—for ultrasound unit for OBGYN imaging. ($15,000)
  • Aultman Orrville Hospital—for equipment for Obstetrics Department. ($15,200)
  • Beacon Charitable Pharmacy—for operations assistance to provide medications for the uninsured/underinsured. ($50,000)
  • EN-RICH-MENT of Stark County—to support the year-round gardening program. ($9,680)
  • Kent State University Stark—for a mobile medication cart for nursing students. ($10,000)
  • Massillon City Health Department—for health screenings for the public, with education on lifestyle changes. ($3,380)
  • Quota International—for classroom amplification systems. ($17,000)
  • YMCA of Western Stark County—to replace a dated treadmill. ($4,500)

The foundation has two grant cycles each year, and welcomes grant requests that are health and wellness related. It is suggested that nonprofit organizations call the foundation first to discuss their project or program. The deadline for submitting requests for the next grant cycle is December 11, 2018.

Contact: Don Sultzback
Phone: 330.580.2380


Mary Black Foundation (Spartanburg, SC)

The Mary Black Foundation awarded $815,085 in grants to 13 nonprofit organizations serving Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Upstate—to expand the capacity of their mentoring program for high school aged youth. ($20,000)
  • BirthMatters—to provide comprehensive teen pregnancy prevention programs using evidence-based programs with youth 13-20 years old. ($87,000)
  • Bloom Upstate—to implement a youth development program and evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention program with high school aged females. ($20,000)
  • City of Spartanburg Parks and Recreation Department—to provide youth in the Northside, Southside, and Highland, South Carolina communities with various positive youth development programs and evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programming. ($163,000)
  • New Image Through the Word Christian Ministries; No Filter—to replicate a healthy relationship evidence-based intervention to high school aged students. ($10,000)
  • Positive Thinking—to provide a community health worker encounter to Spartanburg youth residing in juvenile facilities in South Carolina. ($5,000)
  • Reach Out and Read- Carolinas—to support the expansion of the Reach Out and Reach- Spartanburg County initiative to include the early literacy program in the offices of additional local primary care physicians. ($80,800 over two years)
  • South Carolina Aquarium—to bring the Rovers Education Outreach Program for Early Learners STEM to preschool programs in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. ($8,400)
  • Spartanburg Urban Mission CDC—to pilot the FoodShare SC program in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. ($30,000)
  • Spartanburg School District 1—to implement evidence-based programs to middle school and high school students. ($27,000)
  • Spartanburg School District 5—to implement evidence-based programs to middle school and high school students. ($50,000)
  • Spartanburg School District 7—to implement a healthy relationship evidence-based program to high school students during afterschool programming, implementation of evidence-based programs to students at Whitlock Flexible Learning Center, and for an after school mentoring program at Carver Middle School. ($100,500)
  • Upstate Family Resource Center—to build capacity of PASOs, which connects Latino families with health, nutrition, parenting, and education services as well as help other community organizations become more culturally competent and effective in serving Latino families. ($213,385 over three years)

Contact: Haley Denny


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (Boston, MA)

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation announced the 10th group of emerging community health leaders selected for the Massachusetts Institute for Community Health Leadership program (MICHL). The program brings together professionals who currently direct or manage programs at a variety of health care organizations across Massachusetts for a series of classroom, peer-to-peer, and professional learning opportunities.

The MICHL class of 2018-19—sponsored in part by a new partner, The Boston Foundation—is comprised of 18 participants from state agencies, hospitals, nonprofit community health centers, mental health providers, and advocacy groups serving low-income and uninsured individuals and families. The participants, selected through an application process, represent the 10th MICHL cohort since the program began in 2006. The program has more than 150 graduates.

In addition to connecting with leaders in community health and local hospitals, MICHL participants gain access to expert and committed faculty who introduce new practices, strategies, and leadership skills. In recent years, the MICHL program has explored the impact of racism in the nation’s health care system.                                            

The 2018-19 MICHL participants are:

  • Bethany Allen, Peer Health Exchange
  • G. Leo Blandford, Outer Cape Health Services
  • Stephanie Campbell, Mass. Department of Public Health
  • Maria G. Celli, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
  • Mika Cheng, Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Kevin Connor, Community Servings
  • Jamie Gaynes, Boston Children's Hospital
  • Amy Glynn, Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Sophie Hansen, National Association of Social Workers, Mass. Chapter
  • Mary Kate Little, Bowdoin Street Health Center
  • Shannon Merrell, Centering Health Care Institute
  • Niurka Pitts, Boston Public Health Commission
  • Katie Riconda, AIDS Support of Cape Cod
  • Mark V. Scott, Boston Public Health Commission
  • Mahader Tamene, Boston Medical Center
  • Kristi Taylor, Vinfen
  • Uyen Tran, DotHouse Health
  • Josefina Wendel, Cambridge Health Alliance


Contact: Greg Turner
Phone: 617.243.9950


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

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation awarded seven grants under its Community Health Matching Grant program. Among the grantees are:

  • Alzheimer's Association—to provide exercise and educational opportunities for caregivers and people with early stage dementia. ($50,000)
  • Community Encompass—to provide low-income Muskegon, Michigan residents with locally grown produce coupled with nutrition and cooking education. ($25,000)
  • Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, Inc.—to improve children's health by assessing homes for asthma triggers, creating family-centered action plans, educating parents and children on trigger management and eliminating those triggers. ($50,000)
  • Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation—to offer intervention and prevention services to isolated, at-risk seniors before a mental health crisis develops and to sustain their independence. ($25,000)
  • Michigan State University, Zhehui Luo, PhD—to evaluate a pilot project for a community-based life-changing individualized medically assisted evidence-based treatment for opioid abuse disorder. ($60,000)
  • Monroe County Opportunity Program—to provide housing and coordinated primary and behavioral health care to homeless and low-income frequent users of crisis health services. ($45,000)
  • Wayne State University, Jennifer Mendez, PhD—to compile data, observations, and identified risk factors that can be used by caregivers to protect seniors from hazardous falls. ($12,200)

Phone: 313.225.9134


de Beaumont Foundation (Bethesda, MD)

The BUILD Health Challenge, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation, is looking to support dynamic collaboratives driving sustainable improvements in community health in 2019. Selected communities will be eligible to receive up to $250,000 in funding, capacity building support, and join a national peer network. The new award opportunity and eligibility requirements when the call for applications is released in early 2019.

Contact: Emily Yu


Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation (Durham, NC)

The Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation pledged £600,000 to the Academy of Medical Sciences for a pilot program to develop two cohorts of innovative new leaders in medical science. This pledge along with a £750,000 commitment from the United Kingdom Government provides a total investment of £1.35m towards creating leaders able to build the academy’s life science industry into a global hub, making the United Kingdom the home of clinical research and medical innovation.

The program, called Future Leaders in Innovation, Enterprise, and Research (FLIER), will develop dynamic future leaders in biomedical and health research who can create the vital collaborations and partnerships needed to drive new innovations across the life sciences sector. Representatives from pharma, biotech, and MedTech companies have been involved in scoping the program.

FLIER will create a network of talented people equipped to lead innovation and collaboration across academia, industry, the NHS and government in the years to come. It was developed after consultation with leaders in the health and life sciences sector demonstrated there is a need to develop an innovative, immersive program focused on cross-sector and collaborative working.

Applications for the scheme are now open and the first cohort of participants will be announced in early 2019. The two-year program will bring together a cohort of emerging leaders drawn from across academia, industry, the NHS and government/policy organizations.

Contact: Naomi Clarke


Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts (Worcester, MA)

The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts awarded fifteen one-year Activation Fund grants.  These grants support discrete projects to achieve specific outcomes.

  • Athol Area YMCA—for renovations to its Men's Residence Center to increase its capacity to provide stable and affordable short-term and long-term housing for men by increasing the number of rooms, updating bathroom facilities, and installing a kitchen and laundry area. ($68,000)
  • Catholic Charities of Worcester County—for the installation of a fire suppression system and an ADA-compliant bathroom as part of renovations to open a 20-bed substance abuse recovery home for unaccompanied women in Leominster, Massachusetts. ($75,000)
  • Community Health Connections—to create an in-house dental prosthetics laboratory to increase access and training opportunities in the Fitchburg, Massachusetts area. ($100,000)
  • Community Healthlink—to hire a full-time registered nurse to expand access to office-based opioid treatment at the Worcester Counseling Center for patients seen at Community Healthlink's Urgent Care center. ($65,000)
  • Employment Options—to hire a part-time Prep Chef to increase the capacity of its Catering Options social enterprise for individuals with mental health conditions. ($30,000)
  • Genesis Club of Worcester—to collaborate with Open Sky Community Services to coordinate care for individuals with serious mental illness who are eligible for the Central Community Health Partnership, a community partner approved to work with MassHealth Accountable Care Organizations. ($50,000)
  • Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester—to support its Critical Home Repair program which repairs homes for low-to-moderate income seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and their families. ($30,000)
  • Jeremiah’s Inn—for furnishings and fixtures for a Massachusetts Alliance of Sober Housing certified sober housing program in Worcester, Massachusetts. ($100,000)
  • NEADS World Class Service Dogs—to purchase a new handicap accessible van to be used to safely transport clients and service dogs/puppies for training and veterinary care. ($60,544)
  • Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation—for pottery wheels, signage, marketing, and staffing for a new pottery studio as part of a redevelopment project to revitalize downtown Ware, Massachusetts and create jobs and healthy activities. ($37,500)
  • Riverside Community Care—to build new offices for four child clinicians to increase access to mental health services for children and adolescents in South Central Massachusetts. ($100,000)
  • The SHINE Initiative—to promote mental health education through enhancements to its website and the development of social media tools to increase scalability for its programs related to mental health and wellness to youth and adults. ($57,000)
  • Southbridge Public Schools—to hire a district-level Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) expert for one year to work with principals, school-based PBIS coaches, teachers, and staff to improve academic and social behavior outcomes for students. ($100,000)
  • World Farmers—to construct a mill house for a commercial-grade food mill for immigrant and refugee farmers to produce milled value-added products for personal use and for sale. ($99,805)
  • YWCA of Central Massachusetts—to add a Pre-Kindergarten classroom to increase its preschool student capacity and enhance its preschool STEM programming to meet the demand for quality childcare in Worcester, Massachusetts especially for underserved children. ($95,000)

Contact: Daniel Germain
Phone: 508.438.0009


Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation approved 16 grants totaling more than $19 million during the second and third quarters of 2018. It also approved a new five-year strategy for the Catholic Sisters Strategic Initiative, beginning with grant approvals for the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate ($725,000) and Medicines for Humanity ($740,000).

Following is an overview of all grants awarded in the second and third quarters of 2018:

  • Alliance for School Choice, Inc.—to create opportunities for disadvantaged students to attend Catholic schools. ($1.1 million)
  • Brilliant Corners—to support planning, evaluation, and capacity needs associated with the merger and expansion of three divisions of the Los Angeles County Health Agency. ($1 million)
  • The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate—to support research projects and the continuation of the Visiting Scholars Program. ($725,000)
  • ChildFund International—to expand group parenting models and improve the quality of early learning in Kenya and Zambia. ($2 million)
  • Children Now—to advocate for policies and increased funding to benefit transition age foster youth in California. ($600,000)
  • The Children’s Aid Society—to support caregiver recruitment and services for teens in foster care, and advocacy for transition age foster youth in New York, New York. ($900,000)
  • Friends of the Children—to support No Matter What: Professional Mentoring Project for Children of Transition Age Youth. ($1.75 million)
  • Good Shepherd Services—to support Stepping Stones to Success, which creates career and college opportunities for transition age foster youth in New York, New York. ($1.095 million)
  • Medicines for Humanity—to support capacity building to strengthen the Catholic sisters’ work force and improve community level programs targeting vulnerable children. ($740,000)
  • National Opinion Research Center—to expand Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training and implementation training for social work and nursing students and other youth professionals. ($2.35 million)
  • Nola Business Alliance—to build the capacity of the workforce system in New Orleans, Louisiana to better coordinate with the hospitality sector and serve opportunity youth. ($1.5 million)
  • Public Counsel—to support individual legal assistant and system advocacy to improve outcomes for youth in Los Angeles County, California foster care. ($675,000)
  • Stanford University—to test and assess promising strategies for improving water, sanitation and hygiene services grounded in empirical evidence. ($1.684 million)
  • Theirworld—to support global advocacy efforts for increased early childhood development financing, including a targeted effort in Kenya. ($1 million)
  • The University of Notre Dame—to support educational access and success for vulnerable students in select states enrolled in Catholic schools. ($1.1 million)
  • University of Southern California’s Sol Price Center for Social Innovation—for continued support of the Homeless Policy Research Institute to coordinate and amplify local research to inform policy and program decisions aimed at ending chronic homelessness in Los Angeles County, California. ($1 million)

Contact: Tenille Metti
Phone: 818.851.3733


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

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awarded Caritas grants for the fall 2018 grant cycle. Caritas grants are awarded to organizations meeting fundamental needs of individuals and families experiencing poverty in South Carolina. In total, 75 organizations were awarded Caritas spring 2018 funding for a total of $265,450. The foundation is partnering with the following recipients:

  • Anderson Free Clinic
  • Area Churches Together Serving (ACTS)
  • Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired- Charleston
  • Beyond Our Walls
  • Birthright of Georgetown
  • Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine
  • Bluffton Self Help
  • Bridges For End-Of-Life
  • CareFirst Carolina Foundation
  • Caring And Sharing, Inc
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston
  • Charleston Legal Access
  • Children’s Cancer Centers of the Carolinas
  • Children's Recovery Center, Inc.
  • Churches Assisting People
  • Classy Smiles
  • Coastal District Council St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Community Foundation of the Lowcountry
  • Community Kitchen of Myrtle Beach
  • Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County
  • Developmental Center for Exceptional Children
  • East Cooper Community Outreach
  • Eau Claire Shalom Ministries
  • Edisto Indian Free Clinic
  • Family Promise of Anderson County
  • Freedom Readers Inc.
  • Friends of Momentum Bike Clubs
  • Friendship Place
  • Golden Corner Food Pantry
  • Good Samaritan Clinic
  • Great Falls Referral Assistance Service Project (GRASP)
  • Greer Relief and Resources Agency
  • Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg
  • Help of Beaufort
  • HELP of Summerville
  • Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour Inc.
  • Homeless Period Project
  • Hope in Lancaster
  • Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation of South Carolina
  • Impact America
  • Killingsworth
  • Lighthouse Ministries
  • Lowcountry Food Bank
  • Lowcountry Orphan Relief
  • LRADAC Foundation
  • Meals on Wheels of Greenville
  • Mental Health America Aiken
  • Midlands Housing Alliance
  • North Greenville Crisis Ministry
  • Oconee Presbyterian Service Fund
  • Operation Home
  • Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter
  • Pendleton Place
  • Pickens County Meals on Wheels
  • Renew Our Community
  • Ride To Work Ministry Nonprofit Inc.
  • Safe Harbor Inc.
  • Sandalwood Community Food Pantry
  • Sea Haven
  • Servants for Sight
  • SNAC
  • South Carolina Empowerment Centre
  • St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic
  • Step By Step Ministry Hope Project
  • Switch
  • Taylors Free Medical Clinic
  • Teachers’ Supply Closet
  • The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center
  • The Naomi Project
  • Therapy Place
  • Thornwell Home for Children
  • Trident Literacy Association
  • United Center for Community Care  
  • United Way of Kershaw County
  • YMCA of Greenville

Contact: Langley Shealy
Phone: 803.254.0230, ext. 19


The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation (Owing Mills, MD)

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation announced $1.2 million in emergency grant funding as an immediate response to the shootings that claimed 11 lives and wounded six individuals this past Saturday at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill community. May the memory of those who lost their lives always be a blessing.

After consulting with leaders in Pittsburgh and across the country regarding the immediate needs of the Pittsburgh Jewish community, the foundation approved emergency grants to these six organizations: 

  • Anti-Defamation League—for improvements and expansion of its technology, which tracks and responds to acts of anti-Semitism via the its Incident Response Center, and to support its emergency operations in Pittsburgh. ($300,000)
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)—for housing assistance, job placement support, and case management services for newly resettled refugees in the United States, and to provide increased short-term security for HIAS, which was targeted as part of the attack. ($300,000)
  • Jewish Association on Aging (Pittsburgh)—to provide therapy and counseling for older adults impacted by the shooting and increased security needs for this organization. ($100,000)
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh—to support the Victims of Terror Fund (set up by the Federation), the Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) Pittsburgh, and the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Pittsburgh to provide behavioral health services, short-term security for several institutions, medical bills for the injured, and general support for staff. ($300,000)
  • Pittsburgh Police Fund (administered by the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety)to support individuals impacted by the shooting, including the six police officers injured and their families. ($100,000)
  • Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagoguefor any capital and security needs the synagogue may have at this time. ($100,000)

Tragically, this is not the first time that the foundation has responded to Jewish communities targeted by violence. In 2014, it provided funding to the JCC in Kansas City and the Village Shalom retirement community following the violence that took place on the JCC’s campus just before Passover. In 2006, it provided capital funds for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle to assist in the rebuilding and renovation of their offices due to a hate crime shooting.

In addition to the emergency grant, the foundation recently approved a $12 million grant to the Foundation for Jewish Camp to support a new initiative to increase accessibility for campers and staff with disabilities at Jewish summer day and overnight camps. The Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), an organization that works with more than 250 day and overnight camps from all streams of Jewish belief and practice to promote excellence, will manage this initiative.

In a 2013 FJC survey, camp professionals highlighted two areas, among others, in which they required support to better serve children with disabilities: funding for capital improvements to increase accessibility and training for staff. This initiative provides day and overnight camps with essential support in both of these areas and funding for professional development, research, and evaluation.

Over the next three years, there will be open application periods for camps to submit applications. To receive funding through this initiative, Jewish day and overnight camps must be located in the United States, have ACA accreditation, and be welcoming and accommodating to all children regardless of affiliation, denomination, or religious background.

Phone: 410.654.8500