“Community Health” refers to programs that seek to improve the health characteristics of different communities by involving the community in health decision-making.
“Half a century ago, Martin Luther King said ‘Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman.’ Today we have deep insights on how to pinpoint and address those very inequalities,” the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation tweeted Monday. The RWJF is just one organization that furnishes grants to nonprofits in the field of community health and environmental medicine that you can find on GrantWatch.
If I search the most appropriate main category on the left side of the website of Health & Medical, I can review about 1,000 grants.
However, after reviewing a few of these grants you find the term “community heath” is a more targeted term for what you are looking for and you start a keyword search with the term community health.
FYI: The Community Health Network for North Central Massachusetts recently awarded mini-grants totaling $20,000 to 13 North Central Massachusetts community organizations. How did those organizations know they were eligible to apply for the grant? How did they find it?
Today, as this article is being written we searched with the keyword of community health and identified 65 possible grants.
Here are just two of the 65 community health grants listed on Grantwatch.
Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations that are working to reduce health disparities and improve community health navigation. Funding is intended to enable individuals throughout the world to achieve the best possible health. The overall focus of this program is health equity, helping people overcome barriers to their health and well-being related to factors such as ethnicity, race, gender, age, geography, or economics.
Grants ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 to USA nonprofit organizations for programs and activities in the developing world. Funding will typically be provided to organizations that work at the grassroots level providing direct services to children. The funding source’s current grantmaking program is focused on several international populations of particularly vulnerable children and also supports organizations that enable entrepreneurs to build sustainable economic communities for their children and families.
The term community health refers to communities and therefore you need to know the target area you plan to search: a specific community, city, state, country, international or anywhere around the world.
Combining keywords with your service area will help you find grants that will meet the needs of the individuals and whole communities that your organization serves.
OTHER KEYWORDS: The term “community health” refers to programs and assistance for people ranging in age from infants to the elderly, immigrants and native-born citizens. The programs eligible for funding can fall under grant categories such as health & medical, mental health, nutrition, environmental health and more.
Use the keyword search bar with words that refer to the programs you want to develop or fund, like: medical, dental, family services, nutrition, environmental, food, water, soil and air quality, quality of life, or words that describe stressors of life, like: traffic, financial concerns, work satisfaction or employment on our mental, emotion and physical health; or women’s issues, like: women’s health, pregnancy, mother and child, health of fetuses, rate of miscarriage, and others.
Grantors for research and evaluation type activities in community health seek to develop and increase the evidence around a set of approaches which may be listed under “public health”, that improve community health and well-being and advance health equity.
To find grants on any of the topics under the “community health” umbrella you might need to get creative. Many are listed under that title, but still others can be found under headings of their individual categories listed on the right-hand column of the GrantWatch website, or through an advanced search. Search terms such as “academic research grants,” “community grants,” “social services,” “environmental medicine, or “healthcare” might list the grant you’re searching and eligible for.
“Try searching under a different category or using different keywords in our advanced search. At GrantWatch, new grants are posted daily, so keep coming back to check. My staff is available to help you navigate our website. To better assist you, we have a live chat and phone during business hours and emails for during and after hours,” offers Libby Hikind, creator, founder and CEO of GrantWatch. “Once you’ve found one grant, don’t stop, you can apply for more than one grant at the same time, in order to fully fund your programs.”
Here are some of the winners of this year’s mini-grant awards for community health in Massachusetts:
Fitchburg’s Community Health Connections that will use its grant to offer transportation to patients, in hopes of reducing missed appointments and delayed healthcare.
The YWCA of Central Mass will provide North Central domestic violence survivors with bus passes, cab/ride sharing fares, and gas cards so that survivors can access crucial services that help them progress from a state of crisis to stability.
Leominster’s Growing Places, Inc. will use grant funds to support the Winchendon Community Garden Project, developing a customized garden plan for Winchendon.
The Spanish American Center will expand its community meals program, which works to reduce hunger and social isolation for low income members of the Leominster community.
Fitchburg’s Be PAWSitive Therapy Pets and Community Education will expand operations and train new pet therapy teams.
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