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Five nonprofits receive $846K in grants

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Five Springfield-based nonprofit organizations have received grants totaling $846,074 as part of the Missouri Foundation for Health's latest round of funding. The foundation's board of directors approved $5.7 million in grants statewide.

The largest local grant, $296,911, was awarded to Ozarks Regional YMCA through the Missouri Foundation for Health's Healthy & Active Communities funding initiative. The YMCA will use the funding for educating more than 2,000 students about farm-fresh foods, according to an Oct. 21 foundation news release.

Two grants were provided through the foundation's Health Literary funding program - a $196,626 grant for Jordan Valley Community Health Center and a $192,537 grant for The Kitchen Inc. The community health center will use the funding to develop two programs for educating patients, a group-based prenatal program for expectant mothers and a new Greene County library branch inside the center. The Kitchen will use the funding to educate its primary care patients about exercise, nutrition and weight management, the release said.

Through the foundation's General Support for Advocacy program, Southwest Center for Independent Living was awarded $150,000 to help the organization advocate for independent living and a barrier-free environment for people with disabilities.

Burrell Behavioral Health was awarded a $10,000 grant to help train staff and track the progress of patients with mental health and substance abuse issues. The funding was provided through the health foundation's Mental Health & Substance Abuse program, according to the release.

The Missouri Foundation for Health, which was established in 2000, has issued more than $434 million in grants and awards to date.[[In-content Ad]]

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