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The Edna G. Kynett Memorial Foundation (EKG) Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware
Nonprofits to Promote Health in the Delaware Valley

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The Edna G. Kynett Memorial Foundation (EKG)

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Grants of up to $50,000 Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware nonprofit organizations to promote health in communities within the Delaware Valley region. Applications may be submitted in the categories of professional education, research, and community health.

The Foundation funds programs located in the Delaware Valley: Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Berks, and Lehigh Counties in Pennsylvania; Camden County in New Jersey; and New Castle County in Delaware.

The Board encourages and gives particular consideration to proposals designed to improve the cardiac health of populations that have a higher than average risk of heart disease and that are generally underserved by the current health system. Innovative approaches that may offer a significant return on investment and a focus on prevention are also priorities, as are those that can demonstrate sustainability.

Program Areas:

1) Community Health

In funding community health programs, the Foundation looks for proposals that focus on underserved populations and is particularly interested in programs which include community health workers working in partnership with health care clinics, hospitals or other health care providers.

Beginning with its Fall 2016 grant cycle, the Foundation is adding a new area of focus to its community health programming: addressing children’s exposure to risk factors for cardiovascular disease (Childhood Cardiovascular Risk Initiative - CCRI).

The Foundation seeks proposals to reduce exposure to cardiovascular risk factors in young children and their families in underserved communities. It is interested in projects which maximize impact, such as addressing risk factors in more than one setting, engaging both primary caregivers and children, promoting stress reduction or targeting practices that affect access to healthier foods and physical activity.

Proposals for the CCRI must address reduction or prevention of exposure to cardiovascular risk factors in young children (ages 3-7) in low-income families living in underserved areas.

The Foundation is particularly interested in programs which incorporate one or more of the following approaches:

a) Engaging both parents/primary caregivers and children (i.e., a two-generational approach.)

b) Maximizing impact across the child’s life, by reaching children and families in more than one setting, such as home, early childhood programs, schools, health care providers, etc. Projects might include community health workers serving as the “connectors” among the various settings.

c) Targeting physical activity, healthy eating, or environmental and cultural changes that increase access to healthier foods and/or to safe, outdoor physical activities.

d) Addressing stress in children and parents. These programs might include screening and treatment programs for Adverse Childhood Experiences, as well as stress reduction programs, such as meditation, yoga, and relaxation techniques. In addition, the Foundation is interested in parenting programs that promote positive parent/child interactions and address stress-related behaviors, including smoking, drug use, and family violence.

e) Evaluating the effectiveness of using social media (texting, e-mailing, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) among parents, preschool teachers, health care providers and community health workers in improving cardiovascular health.

Other Selection Considerations (to be addressed in the proposal):
-Identification of the community, the target population and number of persons to be reached
-The agency’s experience in relevant community organizations, such as early childhood education programs, health care settings, and other community-based nonprofit organizations
-Experience of the program leaders and other team members in the target community
-Evidence-based or promising interventions, especially if based on preliminary experiences in the target community
-Interventions that are sustainable and may be replicated at a reasonable cost
-Clearly defined outcomes for each part of the intervention

2) Professional Education

In the area of professional education, Kynett limits its funding to continuing professional education programs that take place in the Philadelphia region and that target physicians and other health services providers who work with underserved populations.

The Board will give additional weight to proposals that provide scholarships to healthcare professionals who are not physicians; that emphasize outreach to health professionals who practice in high-risk, underserved communities; or that develop innovative curricula for health professionals who practice in those communities.

3) Research

The Foundation is particularly interested in proposals which explore interventions attempting to improve delivery of cardiovascular health services in underserved communities or focusing on risk factors especially relevant to women, children, minorities or the economically disadvantaged.

Grants must be used for the direct expenses of the program in question, though under certain circumstances the Foundation will fund general operating expenses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179414

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will generally not exceed $50,000.

Term of Contract:

CCRI grants will be made for one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be either public entities or tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Foundation does not fund private foundations, as defined in Section 509(a) of the Code, or individuals.

The Foundation does not make grants to support capital campaigns or endowments or for construction or renovation of facilities. Funds may not be used to pay honoraria to in-house staff, to reduce ongoing deficits from operations, or to substitute for third party reimbursement. Support for capital equipment is rarely provided. Kynett funding may not be utilized for routine medical care unless such services are provided as an essential component of a program to test innovative methods of health service delivery.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadlines are April 15th and October 15th of each year. Successful applicants will be notified in December, following the October deadline, and in June, following the April deadline.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email the application and attachments to

Sue Hone, Grants Manager

Send 2 copies of the application and attachments to:
The Edna G. Kynett Memorial Foundation
c/o Pembroke Philanthropy Advisors
Plaza 16, Suite 102
16 E. Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003

Martha E. Morse
Executive Director, The Edna G. Kynett Memorial Foundation

P: 610-896-3868
F: 610-896-3869

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware: New Castle County;   New Jersey: Camden County;   Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Berks, and Lehigh Counties