MFH Unveils Funding for Non-Profits

8 years 1 month 4 days ago Friday, November 12 2010 Nov 12, 2010 Friday, November 12, 2010 8:25:38 PM CST November 12, 2010 in News

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Foundation for Health Friday unveiled grant opportunities for Missouri non-profits offering health care providing programs. Some of the programs MFH will fund include Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Women's Health, Patient-Centered Medical Home/ACCESS and Health Literacy. MFH strives to improve the health of people living in the area it serves by awarding grants to non-profits, educating policymakers about the needs associated with health care and building awareness of the grant opportunities available among non-profits.

Terry Plain, an MFH program officer, focused her presentation on how the foundation is working to fund organizations to help improve state issues.  As nearly 10,000 Missourians die annually from tobacco use, Plain said funding is available for schools having tobacco prevention programs on-campus.  The foundation awards grants to non-profits that offer health programs.

"We're helping to brainstorm with them about some opportunities.  We are most certainly about partnering and looking at ways to enhance the work that they do," said Plain.

Meanwhile, the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence is dealing with rising domestic violence in the state.  The foundation said it would like to keep quality service and become more efficient during the recession.

"We're really going to start looking at preventative approaches and promoting a bystander innovation model to help prevent violence against women, so starting to attack the problem from the very beginning," said Zachary Wilson, development director for the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

The foundation awards up to $50 million in grants annually to non-profit organizations statewide.  MFH will begin taking applications for program grants next year.

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