PRESS RELEASES

Monday, July 23, 2018

Endowment for Health Awards Nearly $1 Million in Grants; Projects Include Support for Family and Youth Advocates, Caregivers and Community Services Information

Concord, NH – The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire’s largest health foundation, recently awarded $996,964.00 in grants.  Funding supports a wide array of projects aimed at strengthening the voices of families and youth, as well as greater access to community-service information. The Endowment’s focus includes work on health equity, children’s behavioral health, early childhood, elder health and health policy.    

“We are proud to support several opportunities to bolster citizen power, including projects that engage families and youth in advocating for themselves and for family caregivers by recognizing and asking for the support they need,” said Endowment for Health President Yvonne Goldsberry.  “This grant cycle also features several projects that will help New Hampshire better understand how to access available services and know what the needs are in communities around the Granite State,” Goldsberry added.

The following grants are a sampling of the most current Endowment-funded projects:

New Hampshire Family Network Expansion Project: $71,594 was awarded to the National Alliance on Mental Illness-New Hampshire to develop family leadership in NH’s children’s behavioral health system.  The project will identify and engage family leaders, providing advocacy training and expanding grassroots family-to-family peer supports.

Spark NH Public Awareness Project: $115,000 was awarded to Early Learning New Hampshire to actively engage a diverse base of stakeholders in promoting the importance of investing in early childhood by enhancing Spark NH's public awareness capacity.

Strategic Support for Family Caregivers, $4,000 was awarded to the NH Alliance for Health Aging/University of New Hampshire to increase support for unpaid, family caregivers.  The project will help caregivers to self-identify while engaging more medical providers and employers to support caregiving conversations and supportive workplaces.

Young Organizers United (YOU) $30,000 was awarded to the Granite State Organizing Project to enhance leadership capabilities and educational attainment for youth in the Manchester and Nashua School Districts.  The project will aim to expand the YOU program to youth at Memorial and West High Schools in Manchester and Nashua North and South High Schools.

New Hampshire Community Benefit Reporting Guidance and Format Improvement:  $18,600 was awarded to the Community Health Institute/JSI Research & Training to convene stakeholders and conduct research about health-care Community Benefit reporting in New Hampshire.  Information will help clarify current guidance, resolve differences of interpretation and align with current federal reporting definitions.

2-1-1 NH Web Site Refresh, $10,000 was awarded to Granite United Way to improve access to social service resources by providing a user friendly website for 2-1-1-NH, a statewide repository and hotline providing information on a variety of health and human services available around the state.

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The Endowment for Health works to improve the health and reduce the burden of illness for the people of New Hampshire – especially the vulnerable and underserved.  Since 2001, the Endowment has awarded more than 1300 grants totaling $50 million to support a wide range of health-related projects in New Hampshire.

For more information on the Endowment’s priorities and grantmaking, visit www.endowmentforhealth.org