Foundation awards grants for health

Staff Writer of Rocky Mount Telegram

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Nash Health Care Foundation Board of Directors recently approved the allocation of nearly $300,000 in grants to 10 community organizations that work to promote community health within the hospital’s service area.

The Nash Health Care Foundation uses grant money to help fund health and medical programs that specifically help support uninsured or underinsured people in the area. Educational programs that encourage and supplement professional health care careers are also considered for donations, according to a press release from Nash UNC Health Care.

The total amount awarded by the foundation this year is $295,920. The two top recipients are Nash County Emergency Medical Services and Nash Community College.

Nash County EMS will receive about $150,000 to help support the Community Paramedic Program, which provides home visits to patients recently released from the hospital.

“We are very grateful for the funding from the foundation and from Nash County commissioners, which allows us not only to continue this program but to expand it to 24-hour-a-day coverage,” said Bill Brantley, director of Nash County Emergency Services. “This donation is especially important because the grant we have received from the Duke Endowment over the last two years is ending.”

Nash Community College is receiving $75,000 for Professional Health Care Career Education. Kelley Deal, dean of marketing at NCC, said the money will be used for a variety of purposes at the college.

“The funding supports Nash Community College’s Health Sciences program to include the Nash Health Care Systems annual scholarship, faculty development, equipment and software upgrades and student projects,” Deal said.

Eight other organizations are also receiving grant funding this year from the Nash Health Care Foundation. The Coalition for Addiction Recovery and Education of Nash County is receiving $15,000. The Rocky Mount Family YMCA is receiving $10,000 toward its financial assistance program. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region,  the Down East Partnership for Children and the HOPE Initiative in Nashville also are receiving $10,000 each.

Meals on Wheels is receiving $8,320 for its Frozen Food Program while the The Wright’s Center is receiving $5,000 for adult day care health services. The Williford Family Resource Center was awarded $2,600 for its “Plant, Grow, Harvest and Eat!” initiative.

Grants are awarded to organizations; however, the money is typically allocated for specific programs or uses, the press release said. In addition to requiring organizations to submit goals and desired outcomes on their proposals, all applicants must agree to submit progress reports to the Nash Health Care Foundation so that the Foundation can monitor spending — assuring that funds are being used appropriately and are achieving the outcomes as outlined in the grant proposals.

Residents are encouraged to make donations to the Nash Health Care Foundation to support ongoing projects by contacting Stacy Jesso at 252-962.8584 or emailing