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Nonprofits can apply for grants to improve health care
By Chris Barnett / August 7, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...

Nonprofit organizations have until Aug. 30 to apply for grants of up to $75,000 to improve primary health care through the RIGHA Foundation Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

“Supporting work that improves the health of Rhode Islanders is one of our core objectives. We are looking for proposals that will have the greatest impact on the provision of quality and affordable health care services,” said Yvette Mendez, grant programs officer for the Foundation’s Health sector.

Nearly $300,000 is available for distribution. Proposals should address community needs, have measurable outcomes, show a willingness to think creatively about non-traditional partners and demonstrate collaborative capacity, including the ability to foster partnerships among public and private payers, health care providers and practitioners in the field.

The RIGHA fund was created after Harvard Pilgrim Health Care acquired the former Rhode Island Group Health Association. In 2010, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and the RIGHA Foundation transferred its $1.7 million endowment to the Rhode Island Foundation. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care continues to make annual payments to the fund, which promotes the development of a successful and effective primary health care system in the state.

“We are pleased to be a part of this initiative in support of healthy communities. Through philanthropy, we can encourage innovation and collaboration in the health care sector to achieve tangible results,” said Karen Voci, president of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.

Over the years, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.1 million in grants through the RIGHA fund. Previous recipients include the Comprehensive Community Action Program, which was awarded $37,233  to develop a home-based, nurse care manager program that provides in-home evaluation, support, treatment and intervention for patients who are suffering with chronic and disabling diseases; the Providence Center, which received $61,653 to combine wellness activities and counseling for clients in recovery from substance abuse; and Rhode Island Hospital, which received $49,920 to expand the hours that the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Primary Care clinic is open.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2014, the Foundation awarded $34.8 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.

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