Six nonprofits in central Missouri have received grants totaling $384,712 from Missouri Foundation for Health. Grant funding supports nonprofit organizations that work to improve the health of thousands of Missourians. The local grants are part of a $5.1 million round of funding recently approved by the foundation’s Board of Directors.
The grants come through the foundation’s Basic Support program, which funds operational expenses for health-related nonprofits’ existing salaries, benefits, equipment and supplies. Organizations marked with an asterisk (*) are first-time Basic Support grant recipients. Two-year grants were awarded to:
American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter, Jefferson City, $75,000. With funding, the central Missouri organization continues to offer education on life-saving skills, prevention of disease and injury, and healthy lifestyles.
* Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, Columbia, $53,312. Funding helps the central Missouri organization educate people about the nutritional benefits of fresh produce, and teach them
to grow food for local consumption.
HomeCare of Mid-Missouri, Moberly, $75,000. The central Missouri organization is using funding to offer home health care, respite care, hospice and related services to elderly and disabled individuals and their families.
* Mexico Senior Center Inc., Mexico, $31,400. The central Missouri organization is using funding to provide nutrition services, meals and medical transportation for seniors.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Missouri, Jefferson City, $75,000. With funding, the central Missouri organization offers mental health education for care providers, and support group services for individuals and families dealing with mental illness.
Rainbow House Emergency Shelter, Columbia, $75,000. The central Missouri organization is using funding to offer crisis support services for young victims of physical and sexual abuse.
The Foundation says since its founding in 2000, it has provided more than $460 million in grants and awards to organizations in 84 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.