2018 Grant Awards

Community Grants Program 2018

The Community Grants Committee (Kara Cox, Katie Keeter, Dr. Robert Zipf, Sylvia Harriss, Shakeerah McCoy) recommended the following organizations receive grant funding for the fiscal year 2018. Foundation Board of Directors approved the recommendation on July 16, 2017.


Nash County EMS Community Paramedic Program - $150,000

The Community Paramedic Program along with many partnerships that have built aims to fill gaps in the ever changing health care system. These gaps leave a large number of citizens without education, access to care, and in some cases the social network to adequately care for themselves in their home setting. The goal is to impact frequent EMS and emergency department utilizers. There was no program available to assist these patients with care management to prevent the cycle of over utilizing emergency services for non emergent reasons. Nash Health Care is working hard to reduce the readmission rate. The community paramedic program provides care transitions for patients, especially those that were not home bound or do not qualify for home health. The funds will support three full time (24/7) paramedics solely designated to facilitate this program.


Nash Community College (NCC) - $75,000

NCC respectfully requests continued support for its Health Sciences program to include the Nash Health Care Systems Annual Scholarship, faculty development, equipment and software upgrades, and student projects. The Nash Health Care Systems Annual Scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in a health care curriculum program, helping worthy students to prepare for the local health care workforce. In respect to faculty development, this project will supplement funding for initiatives which promote current practice trends, effective instructional methodology, and enhanced student learning opportunities. This includes the maintenance of faculty accreditation requirements, simulation training and credentialing, and student review/remediation initiatives for program and licensure success. In addition, the project will fund the purchase of technology, including software, laboratory and simulation equipment, and contemporary equipment and supplies; through the utilization of which, NCC will continue to provide excellent education and training programs for the development of professional health care workers. A portion of the project budget will also be used to develop and implement Health Promotion projects for senior students that promote health and wellness in the community. 


Coalition for Addiction Recovery and Education (CARE) $15,000

CARE requests financial support to provide 300 dosages of Naloxone through CARE of Nash County's Syringe Exchange Program (SEP). The anticipated outcomes of the SEP include a reduction in the transmission of Hepatitis C Virus and HIV through education and a supply of new equipment, an increase in proper syringe disposal, and ultimately an increase in treatment referrals and an increase in individuals entering recovery. Through the addition of providing Naloxone at the SEP, as requested, the outcomes anticipated include a decrease number in overdoses directly related to opioid use, including fatal overdoses.

CARE also requests additional funding to enhance the education outreach program in place. The anticipated outcomes through this program includes an overall community reduction in stigma, a reduction in accidental overdoses and misuse of prescription medications in homes, an increase in proper medication disposal, and an increase in knowledge of community resources and supports.


Rocky Mount Family YMCA- $10,000

The Y recognizes that some individuals and families struggle to pay the rent, put food on the table and buy clothes for their kids due to unforeseen circumstances. From the County Healthy Rankings & Roadmaps data, the percentages show that many in this community need financial assistance to come to the Y, to stay healthy, to be active, and to thrive in life. The Y is committed to ensuring that everyone has that opportunity. To that end, the Y provides the Financial Assistance Program for those who may not be able to afford the full cost of programs and services. By offering this program to eligible individuals, Y programs and services can be accessible to individuals and families at all income levels without maintaining a fee structure that is artificially low or that compromises program quality.


Boys and Girls Club of Tar River Region - $10,000

Triple Play is a comprehensive health and wellness initiative, which strives to improve the overall health of youth; by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition, and helping them develop healthy relationships.

The program develops the Mind, Body, and Soul of Club members by developing their understanding of a healthy lifestyle and the importance of improving their physical fitness. As a result of participation in the Triple Play program, young people will learn to live healthy lifestyles, take part in regular fitness activities, access health care resources, manage various types of stress and display positive behaviors as well as avoid risky behaviors such as premature sexual activity and avoidance of alcohol and other drugs.


Down East Partnership for Children (DEPC)- $10,000

A "Culture of Health" provides social/emotional/nutrition/physical activity/obesity prevention education to 1000 individuals as follows:

a) Local housing authority sites - Weeks Armstrong and West End Terrance will be targeted for a series of 4 nutrition classes. Workshops provided will include information about local grocery stores, easily accessible places to play and positive parenting practices.

b) Playgroups - Offer food tastings and USDA approved nutrition and physical activity information to a group of 15 parents/children during an 8 week community playgroup series

c) Faith-based organizations - Provide technical assistance and support to 5 faith-based organizations in nutrition and physical activity policy and practice change. The process for change will include initial assessments of the site using the Faithful Families Faith Community Assessment.

d) Family First Hotline - Provide 200 families with SNAP-Ed information through Family First Hotline and other DEPC resources. Families contacting DEPC will receive educational resources related to positive parenting practices, healthy foods and physical activity.

e) School Gardens - Provide coaching and technical assistance to enhance 4 school gardens around low-income communities. DEPC/FoodCorp staff will provide technical assistance to school staff to support incorporation of positive parenting practices, nutrition education and gardening into school curricula. Approximately 125 low income individuals will be served.

g) All Pro Dad - Provide technical assistance to All Pro Dad leaders at ten schools to improve the nutritional value of foods served at their monthly meetings to bring together children and fathers for breakfast and positive parenting lessons. Serving healthy foods, beverages, and snacks has not been a priority. DEPC staff will support potential changes. Approximately 350 low income individuals will be served through this intervention.


HOPE Initiative - $10,000

The mission of the HOPE Initiative is to help individuals with Substance Use Disorders find treatment. As many of these individuals have no insurance or financial support to get into long term residential treatment facilities. In 2016, the Nashville Police Department partnered with Nash UNC Health Care to provide access to treatment for those with Substance Use Disorder in order to reduce the number of individuals who were overdosing from opioids as well as reducing the overdose fatalities in the county.

The program allows individuals to come to the Nashville Police Department, turn over any drugs and/or paraphernalia without fear of charges, and to start their recovery process. Options include IOP and short term or long term residential treatment. Another aspect of the program is to foster an effort to reduce the stigma and trepidation felt by patients seeking treatment. We also help with transportation costs to facilities outside the immediate area when needed such as train, bus, or air travel.


Meals on Wheels - $8,320

Our requested support will be utilized for the existing and expanding Frozen Food Program that serves our current homebound senior clients, waitlist clients, and clients in geographically outlying areas that have no other service option. We implemented the Frozen Food Program originally to assist in meeting needs of our clients on weekend days. We discovered they had few healthy nutritional options available on the weekend. The program has developed into a resource for waitlisted clients and clients in outlying areas to receive a nutritious option. We deliver frozen meals during regularly scheduled delivery times and on an as needed basis Monday - Friday.

Funding is limited for this program through our large granting sources. Edgecombe County does cover some cost involved, but Nash County has no specific funding available for the frozen food portion of our program. We rely on private grant funding to continue and expand this program. 


Williford Family Resource Center- $2,600

The mission of Williford Family Resource Center is "To provide education and support for strengthening families in the Williford community

We are proposing building a 10 'x 3' x 1.5' garden bed and purchasing the supplies needed to plant a preschool garden. Our project, entitled "Plant, Grow, Harvest and Eat" will allow preschoolers and parents to explore healthy foods through constructing, planting, observing growth, harvesting and sampling fresh vegetables and herbs. Starting in September, we will recruit a group of families to be a part of a year-long project.


The Wright’s Center- $5,000

The Wright's Center serves elders and disabled adults in the Rocky Mount Community, and surrounding counties, including Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson.

Donated funds will be used by the Wright’s Center to initiate a Wellness Program to improve the overall health of all participants involved.   Our Wellness Program will focus on weight loss through nutritional guidance and physical exercise.  A state certified nutrition consultant will conduct onsite workshops educating participants and their caregivers about dietary needs and provide instruction on how to change their diets to improve their health.  The consultant, along with Center staff will assess each participant to gather information on eating habits and physical activity, allowing medical staff in conjunction with the nutrition consultant, to make diet and exercise changes that are practical.   Our Wellness program will create a nutrition and exercise plan that can be maintained realistically, even at home.   The Center staff will design each exercise plan based on the specific needs and limitations for each participant involved in the Wellness Program.   Each participant will be required to walk on a tread mill and use an exercise bike according to the plan developed by the staff. 

Building stamina will also help to prevent falls, thereby preventing emergency care visits for families and their loved ones.  

Total Allocated:    $295,920