Health Foundation awards more than $500,000 in grants in first half of 2017


The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York has awarded new grants totaling $566,570 during the first half of 2017, Foundation President Nora OBrien-Suric announced July 25, 2017.

The Foundation’s grant making activities reflects its commitment to improving health outcomes for two of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in our regions – older adults and children birth to age five who are impacted by poverty, while also building capacity in organizations to improve health outcomes in our community.

The Foundation awarded the following grants:

Young Children Impacted by Poverty:  All young children impacted by poverty are physically, socially and emotionally healthy as they enter kindergarten.

March of Dimes Foundation, Rochester, NY – $112,500 as part of a $225,000 grant to build a replicable, sustainable model for the Women’s Health Education Navigation (WHEN) program

Child Development Council of Central NY, Ithaca, NY – $14,000 as part of a $60,000 grant to support all Cavity Free Kids training and expansion activities in Cortland, Tompkins, Onondaga, Madison, Herkimer and Oneida counties

Niagara University, Niagara, NY – $59,000 to provide funding for the ramily resource coordinator position at Help Me Grow WNY

Bison Children’s Scholarship Fund, Inc., Buffalo, NY – $44,798 for scholarships that will allow students in the city of Buffalo to attend a Catholic Diocesan school

Wyoming County Community Hospital, Warsaw, NY – $5,000 as part of a $25,000 grant towards developing a strong, high-quality women’s health program, including midwifery services

Oswego County Health Department, Oswego, NY – up to $15,000 for the Growing Great Kids curriculum and training, as well as smart phones to stay connected with enrolled families

Research Foundation for the State University of New York at Buffalo, Amherst, NY – up to $9,200 to conduct a comprehensive community trauma resource scan that will survey services and programs in western New York and engage women and children who have experienced trauma

United Way of Central New York, Inc., Syracuse, NY – $7,000 for the Early Childhood Alliance to attend the 8th annual Help Me Grow National Forum

The following grantees were awarded up to $2,000 as part of the Health Foundation’s PEDALS (Positive Emotional Development and Learning Skills) initiative in central New York

  • Huntington Family Centers, Syracuse, NY
  • Salvation Army – Cab House Commons Day Care Center, Syracuse, NY

Vulnerable Older Adults:  All vulnerable older adults lead a dignified, independent, high quality life in their community

Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, NY– $10,000 as part of a $40,000 grant to deepen its work with The Conversation Project, a community-based collaborative and integrated organizational model of Advance Care Planning in a high-risk Buffalo community

P2 Collaborative of Western New York, West Seneca, NY – $10,000 as part of a $35,475 grant to support the development of a sustainable advanced care planning regional collaborative that will identify, support, expand and measure the effectiveness of organizations and programs that are designed to increase the level of end-of-life planning for people living in the eight counties of western New York

Dale Association, Lockport, NY – $5,000 as part of a $10,000 grant to provide four courses of the Aging Mastery Program throughout 2017

The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., Buffalo, NY – $5,000 of a $10,000 grant to further investigate the clinical and economic outcomes of its collaborative model, Home Connections

Community Health Capacity: Our communities are able to meet the health needs of the most vulnerable.

Healthy Community Alliance, Gowanda, NY – Up to $176,300 to support the continued development and programing of the Fellows Action Network

Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc, Pulaski, NY – $50,000 for funds to support the development of the Upstate Community Health Collaborative IPA

Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC – $15,255 as part of a $30,510 grant to develop an evaluation that will examine the impact that the Fellows team projects may have on the populations the Health Foundation serves

Syracuse Community Health Center, Syracuse, NY – $30,270 to engage Brown & Weinraub, PLLC to provide health care consulting services on behalf of Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc.

NY Funders Alliance, Syracuse, NY – $10,000 to the NY Funders Alliance to design and implement a plenary session panel focused on Human Centered Design and participatory budgeting at the 2017 NY Funders Alliance Conference

Healthy Community Alliance, Gowanda, NY– $8,000 as part of a $10,000 grant to support bridge funding for the Academy Place Apartments

The Mental Health Association of Erie County, Buffalo, NY – $3,000 as part of a $10,000 grant to implement an action plan to transform Western New York into a Trauma Informed Community through training and policy development

Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network, Buffalo, NY – $8,250 to support a staff retreat focused on the continued rollout of the Get Set program

Menorah Campus, Inc., Getzville, NY – $5,000 to the Town Square for Aging for strategic planning and consultation

Aurora of Central New York, Inc., Syracuse, NY – $4,200 in funding to assist with the costs of training and start-up associated with the care coordinator position

Alzheimer’s Association CNY Chapter, Syracuse, NY – $4,200 to expand on the capacity building plan that was developed as a part of the Ready or Not program