HealthFirst announced that it is going narrow its grantmaking work with a direct focus on individual and community health and wellness. Based on the 2020 Clinton County Community Health Needs Assessment that includes input from the community, HealthFirst will consider grant funding for:
- Children and young adults less than 23 years of age
- Initiatives that support this population should have a health priority and/or focus on mental health, nutrition and/or diet, and physical activity and /or exercise.
HealthFirst is interested in innovative ideas that address individual and community wellness and health awareness. These concepts may be direct outreach or through creative delivery methods and services. Concepts may include:
- Health education programming
- Health promotion programming
- Mental or physical health education and/or promotion programming
- Preventative health care
Similar to other grant cycles, HealthFirst grants are available to 501(c)3 organizations, and government entities that work to promote the good health of residents in Clinton County. Applicants are encouraged to review the 2020 Clinton County Community Health Needs Assessment. The first step in the two-step process is to submit a letter of intent describing the project.
An application of a letter of intent may be made through the Clinton County Foundation Grant Portal.
HealthFirst funds projects that serve or benefit Clinton County. Grant proposals should be between $5,000 and $25,000 with consideration given to requests with significant impact on the community. New, unique, or pilot proposals that address unmet needs in Clinton County will be favored. As well, projects designed to improve equity with a focus on supporting underserved communities or designed to take a systemic approach to improving outcomes for underserved communities are of interest. We encourage alliances, partnerships, and collaboration between providers and organizations that broaden, deepen, and diversify participation in the provision of services.
About HealthFirst for Clinton County
HealthFirst grew out of a hospital foundation and is dedicated to promoting the good health of Clinton County residents through education, innovation, and patient care support. Since December 2010, HealthFirst has awarded more than $1.5 million dollars to local community organizations. In addition, HealthFirst operates the Patient Medication Assistance Program (PMAP) in collaboration with the Clinton County Commissioners and the Clinton County Health District. PMAP helps area residents apply for free and/or reduced cost medications from major drug-makers.
HealthFirst partnered with the Clinton County Foundation to ensure grant funding is annually available to the community.