DCCF grants to impact local health

The Douglas County Community Foundation has awarded nearly $149,000 to forty local nonprofit organizations. Many of the awards promote health and well-being. Award details are here.

“We made more community grants this year than we ever have in our twelve year history,” said board chair Barbara Carswell. “This reflects the level of need we see, and our increasing capacity to meet that need.”

Total funding was up 25% over last year.

More than half of the organizations funded help low-income and disabled residents meet basic needs for food, shelter, medical care, childcare, and in-home care. A few highlights:

  • The Health Care Access Clinic received the largest award—a commitment to provide up to $15,000 to expand health services for uninsured residents.

  • Family Promise of Lawrence, which helps families out of homelessness, got $10,000 to renovate its day center.

  • Heartland Community Health Center will use $5,000 for insurance billing hardware and training.

  • USD497 Parents as Teachers received nearly $5,000 to purchase hearing screening equipment to use with very young children.

  • Just Food and Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry each received $5,000 to buy food to keep up with growing demand.

  • The Lawrence Community Shelter received $3,500 for medical assistance for guests.

  • The Social Services League got $3,500 to provide eye exams and eyeglasses to children from low-income families.

The foundation also makes grants year-round from many donor-advised, organization, field of interest and scholarship funds. For more information, visit www.dccfoundation.org.

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