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Grants & Programs

March 2019

BHHS Legacy Foundation (Phoenix, AZ)

One hundred and twenty organizations received more than $6.5 million in BHHS Legacy Foundation funding in 2018, in both the Phoenix, Arizona and Tri-State regions of the foundations’ geographic service area. Grant awards ranged from $250 to over $1.3 million. In 2018, the foundation made a major investment in its Tri-State region with a grant of $1,380,500 to Catholic Charities Community Services to construct a homeless shelter which will be the first of its kind in the community. Each night, the shelter will have capacity to temporarily house approximately 48 individuals and three families experiencing homelessness while connecting them to social services to create a path of self-sufficiency and hope for a bright future. It will also include a day center that will provide support services and resources for those who aren’t staying overnight, but drop in for assistance. This round of the foundation’s community grant funding supported programs and projects that increase and improve access to health care ($1,139,985); improve community health through prevention and education ($639,576); expand Arizona’s health care workforce ($474,148); and strengthen and support health-related community efforts ($4,248,055).

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Contact: Gerald Wissink


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

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to 10 health care organizations to support programs that improve access to health care and coverage for vulnerable and low-income residents—including a new grant program designed to expand access to behavioral health urgent care for adults across the Commonwealth. The new grant program will provide $1.2 million to support the following organizations for an initial planning year:

  • Bay Cove Human Services—to support additional clinical staff for the opening of a satellite office and mobile crisis team for communities between Hyannis and Provincetown, Massachusetts. ($200,000)
  • Boston Medical Center—to plan enhancements, which may include expanding delivery of medication-assisted treatment to Community Crisis Stabilization units, integrating certified recovery coaches into treatment teams, and developing follow-up clinical services through its urgent care centers. ($200,000)
  • Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services—to ensure same-day access for outpatient services, adequately staff its ESP clinic so that it remains open to address both urgent and emergent needs, and increase the bed capacity of its Community Crisis Stabilization program. ($200,000)
  • Clinical & Support Options—to develop a sustainable model for behavioral health urgent care by improving urgent psychiatric evaluations for patients who do not already have a provider and will enable ongoing monitoring and support to adults for seven days after the initial crisis intervention, among other initiatives. ($183,000)
  • Community Healthlink—to restore 24/7 urgent care clinic services, provide medication assisted treatment, develop telemedicine capabilities, and build a team of certified recovery coaches. ($200,000)
  • Lahey Health Behavioral Services—to help enhance its urgent care clinic by introducing telemedicine for real-time psychiatric prescribing, using community health workers to offer services following an emergent or urgent evaluation, and developing an integrated electronic health record to improve crisis treatment and follow-up planning. ($200,000)

A second set of grants will support efforts by interdisciplinary teams of social service and health care organizations to coordinate services for the well-being of their clients.

  • The Community Builders—to develop a family-centered intervention to address housing stability and trauma as key social determinants of health. Partners include Family Health Center of Worcester, Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, the Worcester Police Department, and researchers at Boston College and Clark University’s Local Action Research Partnership. ($75,000)
  • Metro Housing | Boston—to help improve the data management system for the organization’s Housing to Health program in partnership with Boston Medical Center. ($75,000)
  • Project Bread—to coordinate supplemental food and nutrition services for low-income residents in Worcester County, particularly in Southbridge and Webster, Massachusetts who are patients of Family Health Center of Worcester. ($75,000)
  • Way Finders—to partner with Behavioral Health Network and Mercy Medical Center to support families and provide clinical care as they move from shelter to permanent housing in Springfield and Holyoke, Massachusetts. ($75,000)

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 recently awarded nine grants under its Community Health Matching Grant program. Among the grantees are:

  • Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan—to increase access to trauma-informed behavioral health services for traumatized children and youth in the child welfare system. ($25,000)
  • Good Samaritan Ministries—to engage social determinants of health, connect low-income families to health resources, and decrease health risk factors while building capacity to incorporate more trauma interventions and health behavior education. ($25,000)
  • Judson Center—to achieve better whole health outcomes for children with mental illness from low-income backgrounds. ($25,000)
  • Mariners Inn—to reach out to the community to provide instrumental emotional and affiliation peer support to people in recovery from co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. ($20,000)
  • McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation—to develop a sepsis transfer protocol among hospitals and emergency medical service (EMS) providers and train EMS providers via sepsis simulation. ($11,950)
  • Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority—to prepare and train lay individuals to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders. ($25,000)
  • Shelter Association of Washtenaw County—to provide short-term shelter, medical care and supportive services for homeless seniors. ($33,250)
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan—to develop a health care focused Apprenticeship Program, that will develop evidence-based career pathways through apprenticeship programming. ($50,000)
  • University of Michigan, Elizabeth Koschmann, PhD—to implement and evaluate a three-tiered model of behavioral health programming that will provide evidence-based mental health prevention-to-intervention services to all K-12 Detroit Public School students. ($50,000)

Contact: Jacqueline Paul


Episcopal Health Foundation (Houston, TX)

Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) announced a $3.4 million investment in programs focused on healthy infant brain development and giving Texas children the best chance at a healthy life. EHF’s investment includes grants to 12 innovative organizations across the state that are implementing proven practices for early childhood brain development during pregnancy and the first three years of a child’s life. EHF’s early childhood brain development grants were awarded to:

  • Angelina Counties and Cities Health District—to support Healthy Beginnings, a home-visiting and referral program that focuses on positive brain development and provides much needed resources for first-time parents. ($338,150)
  • Children’s Museum of Houston—to develop, implement, and evaluate its Welcome Baby kits and Houston Basics Workshops that teach families that having positive, back-and-forth interactions with their babies creates healthy brain development. ($513,730)
  • Family Connects at United Way of Greater Austin—to help launch Family Connects, an evidence-based, home-visiting model that offers any family the benefit of a nurse home visit within the first month after a child’s birth. ($300,000)
  • First3Year—to pilot a new, user-friendly screening tool to determine the status of emotional attachment between an infant or toddler and their primary caregiver. ($117,064)
  • Palacios Community Hub—to support the Hub’s Parents as Teachers program that focuses on home visits and parent education to promote early childhood development with parents and caregivers. ($36,000)
  • People’s Community Clinic—to expand its work to re-imagine the way the clinic cares for infants, toddlers and their parents. ($626,466)
  • Rupani Foundation—to expand the foundation’s Informed Parents program focused on optimizing early child brain development in low-income families living in Southwest Houston, Texas. ($60,000)
  • Santa Maria Hostel—to support Caring for Two, an early childhood development program that serves pregnant women at risk for substance use. ($546,971)
  • Spring Branch Community Health Center—to help Spring Branch Community Health Center introduce Centering Pregnancy and Centering Parenting programs into routine prenatal and pediatric care. ($115,000)
  • Texas Children’s Hospital—to help double the number of Greater Houston families served by Texas Children’s upWORDS program and to develop an expanded clinic model with the 53-member Texas Children’s Pediatrics network. ($667,600)
  • TexProtects – Texas Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America—to advocate support from state leaders for home-visiting programs like Family Connects and Nurse Family Partnership for families with children from infants to age three. ($100,000)

Contact: Brian Sasser
Phone: 832.795.9404


Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation (Wellesley, MA)

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation awarded more than $1.25 million in grants to 885 nonprofit organizations in more than 350 communities in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire in 2018. The foundation helps build healthy communities by investing in programs that provide low-income families with access to fresh, healthy food, and supports Harvard Pilgrim employees as they invest their time and talents across the region.

In 2018, more than $925,000 in grants was distributed to the foundation’s Healthy Food Fund initiatives within the region, with funds supporting programs that grow and distribute fresh food for families and communities across the region. Healthy Food Fund grants included:

  • $616,065 in third-year grants to 20 nonprofit community food access initiatives in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
  • $38,000 in Healthy Aging grants in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire. The funded programs helped older adults eat better and stay connected with their communities through community garden, cooking, and nutrition programs.
  • $271,000 to support five mobile farmers’ markets in Worcester and Lowell, Massachusetts, Hartford, Connecticut, Lewiston/Auburn, Maine; and the seacoast of New Hampshire.
  • In addition to the more than $925,000 in Healthy Food and Healthy Aging grants, the foundation also awarded $609,450 to 823 organizations in 288 communities through Harvard Pilgrim’s employee-directed Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. This program enables each Harvard Pilgrim Health Care employee to annually award a $500 grant, completely funded by the foundation, to the charity of his or her choice. Since 2002, the foundation has contributed more than $6.3 million to thousands of organizations in the region. Grant recipients have included schools, food pantries, youth development organizations, and fundraising events.

In 2018, almost $150,000 was spent for Service and Giving work throughout the region. Of that, nearly $40,000 was awarded to nonprofit partner organizations including City Year, Cradles to Crayons, and Hands on Hartford that support Harvard Pilgrim’s employee service in local communities. Harvard Pilgrim employee contributions—made through the company’s annual employee fund raising campaign and supplemented by foundation support—totaled more than $58,000 and were distributed to United Ways of New England and other local nonprofits chosen by employees. The foundation and employees also contributed to various disaster relief efforts including $11,000 for the Merrimack Valley gas explosions and more than $5,000 to Hurricane Florence.

Contact: Kimberly Moore Winn
Phone: 603.315.4426


The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts (Worcester, MA)

The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts has awarded close to $1 million for three 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.

  • ReImagine North of Main (Fitchburg State University)—to improve the quality of life in a section of Fitchburg, Massachusetts through economic and neighborhood development and community engagement to transform the area into one where both current and future residents and businesses want to live, work, play, and invest. ($388,401)
  • Worcester Healthy Environments and Resiliency in Schools (HEARS) (Worcester Public Schools)—to provide students in the Worcester Public Schools with improved access to care, improved mental health resources and safer school environments. ($397,282)
  • Worcester Regional Food Hub (TSNE MissionWorks)—to improve the regional food system by strengthening sustainable agriculture and promoting healthy eating. ($209,505)

Contact: Amie Shei
Phone: 508.438.0009 x2


Maine Health Access Foundation (Augusta, ME)

The Maine Health Access Foundation(MeHAF) announced $1.17 million in grant funding over the next two years to support health and health care advocacy work across the state. The cohort of 21 grantees spans a number of organizations including those focused on statewide policy and advocacy as well as those with a more localized, grassroots focus. Over the past decade, MeHAF has funded a number of smaller grantee cohorts, but 2019 marks the first time the organization has created a broader, more diverse group with the intent of building relationships across the state to create better outcomes for all people in Maine.

The 21 grantees receiving funding include AARP Maine, Consumers for Affordable Health Care, Disability Rights Maine, EqualityMaine Foundation, Health Equity Alliance, Maine Behavioral Health Foundation, Maine Center for Economic Policy, Maine Children's Alliance, Maine Council on Aging, Maine Equal Justice Partners, Maine Family Planning, The Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, Maine Medical Education Trust, Maine Mobile Health Program, Maine People's Resource Center, Maine Primary Care Association, Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, Maine Public Health Association, MaineTransNet, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, and the Southern Maine Workers' Center.

As MeHAF moves toward addressing not just health access in Maine, but health equity overall, creating funding opportunities like this brings a number of perspectives to the table that leads to learning from all sides and fosters conversations that may not otherwise happen.

Contact: Jeb Murphy
Phone: 207.620.8266 x117


Mat-Su Health Foundation (Wasilla, AK)

The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) announced nine grant awards totaling $1,583,097 to support the health and wellness of Mat-Su residents. The funding will help local nonprofit organizations provide services in three of MSHF’s focus areas: Healthy Minds, Healthy Aging, and Healthy Families.

  • Alaska Youth and Family Network—to support work with vulnerable families struggling with mental health issues and trauma, substance use, lack of resources, and involvement in the legal and child-welfare systems. ($371,740)
  • Blood-n-Fire Ministry of Alaska—for operating support for the Knik House transitional living facility serving people facing homelessness. ($155,000 over two years)
  • Chickaloon Native Village—for elder home safety and accessibility modifications. ($22,500)
  • Connect Palmer—to support the Sarah’s House program offering women housing and an opportunity to redirect their lives by obtaining job-ready skills and training along with individualized supports, resources, and community connections. ($180,000)
  • Mat-Su Senior Services—to support the Meals on Wheels program. ($374,644)
  • Meadow Lakes Seniors, Inc.—for technical assistance around board training and volunteer management. ($5,000)
  • Upper Susitna Seniors, Inc.—to support the Meals on Wheels program. ($61,672)
  • Valley Residential Services—for its planned 24-unit Bridgeway supportive housing project that will assist people with mental illness who want to live independently. ($300,000)
  • Wasilla Area Seniors—to support the Meals on Wheels program. ($112, 541)

Contact: Robin Minard
Phone: 907.352.3892


Paso del Norte Health Foundation (El Paso, TX)

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded two grants totaling more than $194 thousand under the Health Leadership Priority Area – REALIZE Initiative. The goal of the REALIZE Initiative is to inspire already effective leaders to become transformational leaders for the benefit of the region’s health. With strengthened leadership in place, regional organizations and individuals are better positioned to promote health and prevent disease. Newly funded organizations are:

  • Fundación Paso del Norte para la Salud y Bienestar, A.C.—to deliver REALIZE Executive in Ciudad Juárez, MX. ($60,838)
  • United Way of El Paso County—to strengthen nonprofit board members governance capacity by offering the REALIZE Board Training program across El Paso, Texas and southern New Mexico. ($132,971)

Contact: Michael Kelly
Phone: 915.218.2619


Rider-Pool Foundation (Allentown, PA)

The Rider-Pool Foundation awarded $376,000 in funding. This total represents major proactive investments as well as ongoing support for programs throughout the Lehigh Valley with a focus on addressing and improving quality of life for residents through education, housing, culture, arts, and human services. The Rider-Pool Foundation awarded six proactive awards in this cycle.

  • Kamran Afshar Data Analytics Center at DeSales University—to create a scientific performance measurement model within the Allentown School District. ($25,000)
  • Kolbe Academy—for development funds a new high school for students in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction that will open in August of 2019. ($5,000)
  • Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Inc.—in support of the post-merger strategy of the former Lehigh County and Northampton County affiliates. ($45,000)
  • Promise Neighborhood of the Lehigh Valley—to support strategic planning and programmatic operations. ($100,000)
  • Ripple Community Inc.—to accelerate the development of RCI Village, a community-supported permanent rental housing initiative for very low-income, formerly homeless, and socially disadvantaged residents of Allentown, Pennsylvania. ($105,000)
  • Wildlands Conservancy—to support an official name change of the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary to The Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary. ($20,000)

In addition, 16 awards ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 were awarded to the Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank, Allentown Rescue Mission, Inc., The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, The Baum School of Art, Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley, Inc., Community Bike Works, Da Vinci Science Center, Lehigh Conference of Churches, Lehigh County Conservation District, Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers, Inc., Northeast Ministry, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Safe Harbor of Easton, Inc., ShareCare Faith in Action, Stephen’s Place, and YWCA of Bethlehem.

Contact: Katherine Davis Santoro
Phone: 610.248.3863


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

A pioneering $25 million, four-year initiative to spur the development of new solutions to sustainably lift families out of poverty, and to promote dynamic leaders who will aim to change the national conversation around social and economic mobility, is the focus of a new partnership of major donors, including Robin Hood, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and Tipping Point Community, with additional support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The effort, known as Mobility Learning and Action Bets, or Mobility LABs, will be built around part of Robin Hood’s work to identify and invest in effective models developed in New York City that can be exported and replicated in other communities. In addition, the work will identify innovative new models from other communities that can be replicated in New York City and beyond.

New data clearly underscore the need to prioritize investments in mobility from poverty. Nationally, the work of Harvard University’s Raj Chetty shows that the American Dream—rising up from poverty to economic opportunity—is now less likely to happen in the United States than it is in Canada, Denmark, or the United Kingdom. Local New York City data from Robin Hood’s Poverty Tracker reveals a similar story: from year to year, more New Yorkers move in and out of poverty than remain persistently poor. Mobility LABs will explore these dynamics and others in a bold effort to find and test models that address this challenge.

The Mobility LABs initiative is led by Nisha Patel, Managing Director for Narrative Change and National Initiatives at Robin Hood. Ms. Patel is a nationally renowned expert in helping families move sustainably out of poverty. She served as the Director of President Obama’s Office of Family Assistance at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she led the investment strategy for a $17 billion portfolio of federal grants. Ms. Patel also served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, where she partnered with other experts to identify ideas for investment to dramatically increase mobility from poverty.

In the end of the four-year initiative, Mobility LABs and its partners hope to:

  • Increase learning about effective short-term predictors of mobility from poverty—and identify new metrics to help guide future investments.
  • Measurably increase short-term predictors of mobility from poverty in diverse demonstration communities.
  • Create an active cohort of leaders who understand, embrace, and promote new narratives about mobility from poverty.

Phone: 410.654.8500