Community Benefit’s final grant cycle for the year supports children’s health initiatives
Nov. 22, 2023 -- Reid Health
Community Benefit is awarding a third grant cycle to area nonprofit organizations
for the first time since expanding its program earlier this year.
organizations received support for maternal, infant, and children's health. The
total amount of grants awarded is $100,000.
Director of Reid Health Community Benefit and Engagement, and Brian Schleeper,
Community Benefit Specialist, visit each of the recipients to present the
"It was great
to see organizations thinking outside of the box on how to tear down barriers
associated with maternal, infant, and children's health," Przybysz said. "The
projects in this cycle will bring new assistance and programs to our
communities, and we're eager to see them in action over the next several
the grants help recipients extend their outreach to community members.
excited to provide this funding to continue the great work of each of these
organizations. This is a new grant cycle for us this year, so we weren't sure
what to expect, but we received 20 applications with some very creative and
impactful projects and programs," Schleeper said.
to support the work of the 17 awarded organizations to help further their
mission and are excited about the impact they're going to have in our
After the 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) identified three priorities, the
grant program expanded from two cycles to its current three. The
first focused on mental health and substance misuse while the second was on
physical activity, nutrition, and weight.
Community Benefit Grant Program distributed $300,000 this year.
cycle, the focus was on improving children's health by expanding support for
families and reducing disparities. Requests were evaluated on indicators for
improvement including the ability to impact the child abuse rate, single-parent
households, families living in poverty, and mothers who smoke during pregnancy.
Consideration was also given to requests with the ability to increase services
for mothers who receive early prenatal care or lower the teen birth rate.
The third grant
cycle awards are:
$8,000 to Birth
to Five to support staff for its Healthy Families program.
Brighter Path Inc. to support its Marvelous Minis, a miniature therapy horse
outreach program, to travel to schools, community organizations, and events.
Community Action of East Central Indiana (CAECI) Early Head Start to support an
$7,500 to Circle
U Help Center Inc. to purchase diapers, formula, and clothing for local
families in need.
Dublin Community Club to repair HVAC units at the Community Center.
Firefly Children & Family Alliance to support its Community Partners for
Child Safety (CPCS) program, which provides infant survival kits of pack and
plays, sleep sacks, pacifiers, and take-home educational resources.
$7,000 to Girls
Inc. of Wayne County to support its Informed and In Charge program.
$8,000 to Hope
Center to support its Earn While You Learn program and supplies.
$7,000 to JACY
House to support prevention programming for children and adults in six counties
of Reid Health's service area.
$4,875 to Love
Makes Cents Inc./Natco Community Empowerment Center (NCEC) to expand financial education
services for families living in poverty.
$5,300 to Monroe
Central Elementary's All Pro Dads to support its program.
$7,000 to Nettle
Creek Schools to support preschool staff and provide financial assistance to
families in need.
$4,000 to Open
Arms Ministries to support staff and supplies for homeless families or those
experiencing domestic violence.
$4,000 to Preble
County YMCA to purchase second-grade water safety classes.
$4,000 to Safety
Village of Wayne County to purchase equipment and materials for children's fire
$7,000 to the
Children's Advocacy Center of Randolph County to support a prevention coordinator
position and program materials.
$5,000 to The
Nest and Meridian Health Services to remove barriers associated with securing
housing and transportation for active participants in the maternal treatment
program and baby boutique.
benefit is the basis for the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit hospitals. It's
defined as programs or activities that improve access to health services,
enhance public health, advance health knowledge through research and education,
and/or relieve the burden of government to improve health.
In 2010, the
Affordable Care Act added new requirements for tax-exempt hospitals in the
areas of CHNA, implementation strategy, billing and collections, and reporting.
In 2014, the IRS issued final rules implementing these requirements. The goals
of these provisions are to ensure tax-exempt hospitals are meeting the health
needs of their communities and to ensure greater transparency and
with other specific outreach and requirements to meet Reid Health's
not-for-profit status, have put more than $168 million back into the community
in the past five years. A committee of Reid's governing board and community
members reviews grant requests. The grants are awarded as part of the health
system's efforts as a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization.
The 2024 grant cycles will be announced at a later time.
More information about the Reid Health Community Benefit program, the health needs assessment, and the implementation strategy can be found at ReidCommunities.org.