Kresge Foundation Announces Two New Health Initiatives

Posted by on September 14, 2009

Kresge Foundation Announces Two New Health Initiatives

The Kresge Foundation has announced two new granting opportunities to directly support community health organizations working to address the critical needs of underserved populations.

The Health Clinic Opportunity Fund is targeted to free clinics, public health clinics, and designated federally qualified health center look-alikes. The fund is designed to support and strengthen clinics’ capacity to meet both the immediate and long-term health needs of their constituents. The initial round of proposals is due September 4, 2009, with awards made in December 2009. A second round of proposals is due March 1, 2010.

The foundation’s Safety-net Enhancement Initiative is designed to demonstrate how community health centers can address health disparities, enhance service delivery and care, and improve outcomes through collaboration and regional partnerships. Application details for this initiative will be posted on the Kresge Foundation Web site on September 1, 2009.

These two new initiatives join an existing Kresge effort — Safety-Net Facility Improvement — which utilizes Kresge’s traditional challenge grant approach in supporting clinic and hospital capital improvements. Two other new Kresge health-related programs include Healthy Environments, which focuses on reducing environmental risks for vulnerable children; and Emerging and Promising Practices, which stimulates new knowledge and innovative linkages across sectors to improve health.

To learn more about each effort, their goals, eligibility criteria, and the process for submitting Letters of Inquiry, visit the Health Program portion of the Kresge Foundation Web site.

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