Community Foundation accepting grant applications for the 2014 Precision Health Network funding initiative

The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Inc. is accepting applications for the 2014 Precision Health Network Funding Initiative; up to $21,000 is available for granting. The Precision Health Network Fund is designated to assist with the development or enhancement of community health education and health outcomes.  Programs selected to receive grants must have stated goals that meet at least one of the following criteria with the first two generally receiving higher consideration:

  1. Prevention of disease
  2. Self-management of chronic disease
  3. Promotion of health and healthy lifestyles; specifically, as it would relate to wellness, prevention of disease, and/or self-management of chronic disease and serve the citizens in one or more of the following counties in Indiana:
  • Monroe
  • Lawrence
  • Brown
  • Greene
  • Morgan
  • Orange
  • Owen
  • Martin
  • Daviess

Precision Health Network grants are made only to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and organizations that are exempt from filing for 501(c)(3) status; this includes units of government, school corporations, and religious organizations.  Organizations do not have to have health related missions.  Grants may be awarded to religious organizations for programs that are non-proselytizing and do not promote religious doctrine or instruction.  Groups may apply individually or in collaboration with one another.  Programs developed through individual initiatives or by the for-profit sector will need to have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serve as the “fiscal agent” for the program. To confirm eligibility and learn more about an organization, a site visit may be arranged. Agencies receiving grant awards in 2013 included:

  • Monroe County United Ministries – Monroe County
  • Area 10 Agency on Aging – Monroe & Owen Counties
  • Vincennes University Foundation dba Generations, Area 13 Area on Aging – Daviess, Martin & Greene Counties
  • Volunteers in Medicine – Monroe & Owen Counties
  • John Nichols Health Clinic – Owen County
  • Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard – Monroe County

Grant guidelines and applications are available on the Community Foundation’s website;  Completed applications must be submitted to CFBMC by 5:00 p.m., May 15.  Recipients will be announced by June 30.  For more information on the Precision Health Network Funding Initiative and application procedure, contact CFBMC Program Director Renee Chambers at (812) 333-9016 or [email protected].

About the Precision Health Funding Initiative:  The Precision Health Network Fund, a Field of Interest fund at the CFBMC, was established in 1996 upon the dissolution of Precision Health Network, Inc. The endowed fund provides annual grant funding designated to assist with the development or enhancement of community health education and health outcomes in the counties which constituted the service area for IU Health-Bloomington Hospital and Bloomington physicians.  Since 1998, the Precision Health Funding Initiative has awarded 92 grants totaling over $359,000.

About the Community Foundation:  Created by individuals, families, and businesses who share a passion for Monroe County and a vision for its future, the Community Foundation has granted $20 million to more than 379 local nonprofit organizations.  Our $22 million endowment is growing and so is the difference we make by connecting caring people, important causes and community resources.