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MO Health Foundation awards $888K in local grants

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Seven Springfield-area nonprofit organizations recently received $888,536 in grant funding from the Missouri Foundation for Health. The grants are part of a statewide $7.8 million round of funding approved by the foundation's board of directors, according to a news release.

Through MFH's Basic Support program, which funds operational expenses for salaries, benefits, equipment and supplies of health-related nonprofits, three two-year grants were awarded to:
  • Isabel's House, Springfield - $100,000 to help the organization provide shelter, medical exams, and education to children and families that have been affected by domestic abuse;
  • Horses of Hope - Missouri Inc., Buffalo - $100,000 to aid the organization in equine-assisted therapy for people with disabilities; and
  • Christian County Family Crisis Center, Ozark - $76,000 to provide shelter, food, transportation, counseling, case management and referrals for women affected by domestic abuse.
Burrell Behavioral Health received a $192,831 grant to fund the organization's counseling offerings for low-income elderly residents and for psychoeducational training for senior center staff. The grant was funneled through MFH's Mental Health & Substance Abuse program, the release said.

MFH awarded a $146,130 grant to Bolivar-based Polk County House of Hope via the foundation's Women's Health funding program, which supports efforts to reduce violence against women. The grant provides training for staff members and expands counseling services for women who have been sexually assaulted.

The two other grants were provided through MFH's Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Initiative. Jordan Valley Community Health Center/Advocates for a Healthy Community Inc. was awarded $132,156 to provide tobacco cessation programming for pregnant women, and Missouri State University/Ozarks Public Health Institute was provided $141,419 to provide cessation services in five southwest Missouri communities.

The Missouri Health Foundation, established in 2000, has awarded more than $427 million in grants and awards to date.[[In-content Ad]]

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