Health Foundation awards more than $3.5 million in grants

sbirkenmeyer@vagazette.com

The Williamsburg Health Foundation announced more than $3.5 million in grants to help nonprofit organizations encourage healthy living after its board of trustees met Monday to determine the recipients.

“We’re wanting to continue supporting the good work that’s going on in the organizations that we fund,” said Carol Sale, the foundation’s new CEO who started in mid-May. “I would say that our current grantee recipients are in strong alignment with what we’ve done in the past.”

The foundation awarded grants to 18 organizations, including to multiple programs for some. That includes $650,000 for the Williamsburg-James City County public school system’s School Health Initiative Project, more than $500,000 toward the Williamsburg and James City County child health initiatives and $196,000 spread across three Child Development Resources programs.

The awards also include varying amounts to the chronic care collaborative programs at various organizations, including Colonial Behavioral Health, Olde Towne Medical and Dental Center and the Lackey Clinic, where Sale previously served as executive director.

Sale said the grants help provide stability to the nonprofits so their staff members can focus on their commitment to their causes.

“That’s what we want, to have them there for the long haul,” she said.

The latest round of grants focuses heavily on programs for children, with the goal of establishing healthy habits at an early age.

“The foundation continues to provide core support for clinical operations, but we also understand that patterns of behavior set early in life are critical to the long-term health of our community, and we are fortunate to have such great partners working on those issues,” Jim Golden, board president, said in a news release.

The recipients

Angels of Mercy Medical Mission: $113,000 for chronic care collaborative program

Center for Child and Family Services: $40,000 for multicultural counseling and outreach program

Child Development Resources: $12,000 for Breastfeeding: Building Confidence and Competence, $100,000 for the Infant Parent Program, $84,000 for Parents as Teachers program

City of Williamsburg: $260,000 for child health initiative

Colonial Behavioral Health: $175,000 for chronic care collaborative program, $271,000 for Greater Williamsburg Child Assessment Center, $37,000 for Greater Williamsburg Network of Care website, $45,000 for intensive outpatient program

Community Housing Partners: $5,000 for mobile food pantry

Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment and Endowment: $25,000 for FREE of Williamsburg program

Gloucester Mathews Care Clinic: $200,000 for chronic care collaborative program

Greater Williamsburg Heartsafe Alliance: $40,000 for alliance programs

James City County: $250,000 for child health initiative

Lackey Clinic: $400,000 for chronic care collaborative program

Literacy for Life: $50,000 for HEAL program

Olde Towne Medical and Dental Center: $250,000 for chronic care collaborative program

Peninsula Agency on Aging: $64,000 for Aging and Disability Resource Center

Rx Partnership: $25,000 for medication access program, $35,000 for chronic care collaborative program

Virginia Health Care Foundation: $400,000 for medication access program

Williamsburg Area Faith in Action: $50,000 for medical transportation

Williamsburg-James City County Public School Division: $650,000 for School Health Initiative Program

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