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How Grants Are Used

Posted by Tammi Hughes on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 12:09 PM

17283526416_a5327bfdd5_q.jpgWe aim to give you a plethora of grant opportunities in our blogs. Have you ever thought what happens AFTER a grant gets awarded? What kinds of entities receive the grants, and what kinds of projects or programs are realized with the money? We thought we would give you a look at some of the recently awarded grants in a variety of subject areas, to help you visualize what grant money can mean for your organization.

Federal Transit Authority—Grants for Transportation

The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) has recently announced the awarding of several grant programs. Rides to Wellness Demonstration and Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Grants aim to help connect people to healthcare services through improved access to public transportation. $7.3 million in grants were awarded to 19 projects in 16 states. The Flint Mass Transportation Authority in Michigan will receive approximately $310,000 to develop a mobility management program that will coordinate non-emergency medical transportation and trip planning to deliver primary and urgent care for families, older adults and people with disabilities throughout Flint.

The Ohio Department of Transportation will receive approximately $133,000 to fund the Mommy and Me Ride for Free program, which improves coordination and access to healthcare for pregnant women and women with infants in Northwest Ohio. By better connecting to the TARPS and TARTA transit systems, the project will improve health for mothers and babies.

The FTA also recently awarded a $16 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to the City of Cincinnati. This grant, as well as $29 million in other Department of Transportation funds, will be used to create the Cincinnati Streetcars project. This project is the cornerstone of the city’s efforts to expand transportation options as well as to revitalize the heart of the city. The streetcar line, named the Cincinnati Bell Connector, is 3.6 miles long with 18 stations connecting popular employment and cultural destinations in the city’s downtown, riverfront area, and Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.  

Prevent Cancer Foundation—Grants for Cancer Detection and Prevention

The Prevent Cancer Foundation has awarded nine grants in its 2016 Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Community Grants Program. The grants will help underserved communities for cancer prevention and early detection programs. Philadelphia FIGHT will use its $25,000 to educate about hepatitis C and test for the virus in community-based senior centers serving baby boomers. The “C a Difference” program will partner with 20 senior centers with the goal of educating 4,000 baby boomers about the link between hepatitis C and liver cancer, signs and symptoms of hepatitis C infection and modes of transmission and then testing 500 people for the virus.

Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation in Colorado will use the grant funds to reach more than 3,000 employees and 700 community members over the age of 50, including 175 who are uninsured. The grant will provide free Fecal Immunohistochemical Testing (FIT) kits for screening and will cover several colonoscopies for low-income patients who have a positive screening test, are symptomatic or considered high risk. Organizations from 48 states applied for funding from this grant program. 

Open Your Heart Foundation—Grants for Hungry and Homeless

Grants from this program help fund organizations that assist the hungry and homeless. With some deadlines for this year still coming, the foundation has already awarded over 60 grants in 2016. Stepping Stone Emergency Housing in Minnesota was awarded $6,066 to purchase shelter bunk beds and wardrobes. The Barnesville Area Food Pantry received $2,230 to purchase a freezer.


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