The Foundation Announces Spring 2023 Grant Awards
The Foundation for a Healthy High Point, a private foundation that collaboratively engages the Greater High Point community to transform upstream social influences that impact health and well-being, today announced its Spring 2023 grant awards totaling $646,247. The local efforts will address behavioral health, capacity building, education, food security, maternal and child health, and youth-serving organizations.
“We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to live a healthy life, regardless of their circumstances,” said Curtis Holloman, executive director of the Foundation for a Healthy High Point. “We are proud to support local nonprofits working to make that a reality.”
Funding will support a variety of initiatives, including:
- Startup funding for an evidence-based early childhood intervention program to provide intensive mental health home-visiting services
- Expansion of outpatient behavioral health services to provide more comprehensive and accessible care to families
- General operating support for organizations that are addressing social determinants of health in the community
- Fostering participation in sports for students in Title I schools to increase social/emotional learning and physical activity and provide valuable life skills.
“These investments strengthen the systems of care that support good health and eliminate obstacles to healthy options,” said Whitney Davis, program officer at the Foundation.
The approved Spring 2023 grant recipients are:
- Family Service of the Piedmont ($100,000): Provides startup funding to implement the Child First program. This evidence-based, intensive early childhood intervention works with the most vulnerable young children (prenatal through age five) and their families. The program includes various services, including psychiatric evaluation, medication management, child and family therapies, and coordination of care and case management.
- Mental Health Associates of the Triad ($150,000): Supports startup funding for expanding outpatient behavioral health services to the community. Funding provides staffing expenses for two clinical therapists and associated administrative costs. MHA is also an active member of the Foundation’s Healthy Minds initiative and is committed to collaborative opportunities to address barriers to patient care.
- D-UP ($166,667): Funding provides capacity-building support for significant expansion in the Washington Street neighborhood, including two new staff positions enabling the organization to focus on community development and strategic initiatives. D-UP provides various wraparound services and programs to support youth’s health, education, and life readiness.
- Guilford Nonprofit Consortium ($30,000): Funding provides general operating support to strengthen and increase the capacity of nonprofit organizations serving High Point. The Consortium offers a variety of capacity-building activities, including training and leadership development opportunities. The Consortium is a strategic partner for the Foundation and provides administrative support for the Nonprofit Internship Program.
- Ready for School, Ready for Life ($35,000): Ready for School, Ready for Life is the lead organizer of a 10-year county-wide initiative to create a system of care for children ages zero to eight and their families in Guilford County so that all children can start kindergarten ready. Funding provides general operating expenses for the organization’s critical role as a backbone organization in guiding the initiative’s vision, implementation, partnerships, measurement, and evaluation.
- Second Harvest Food Bank ($38,000): Funding provides support for expanding two existing programs into the High Point community. The Farm Fresh program will increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables at a local pantry and support a local farm. The Community Meals program will provide meals for family members not covered by government programs.
Maternal and Child Health
- Children & Families First (Formerly Guilford Child Development) ($60,000) Funding supports the organization’s Nurse-Family Partnership program that provides home visitation services for first-time, low-income mothers in High Point. The program aims to improve pregnancy outcomes, child health and development, and parental life courses by helping parents plan future pregnancies, complete their education, and find work. Funding supports the salary and benefits of one Registered Nurse and a Licensed Professional Counselor.
- NC Triad Fusion – for Beyond Sports NC ($66,580) Funding supports the organization’s expansion from serving four to nine Title I schools in High Point, enabling it to further demonstrate its model’s success. Beyond Sports is a new grassroots organization focused on fostering participation in sports to increase social/emotional learning and physical activity and provide valuable life skills.
Last year, the Foundation funded 36 projects for $2,116,295 in grant awards. Since its inception, the Foundation has approved over $13 million to support the Greater High Point community.