Foundation awards grants to agencies

Foundation awards grants to agencies

URBANA — Six local community organizations will share in $92,000 in grant money from Presence Covenant Medical Center Foundation's FAITH2 endowment.

The recipient of the largest grant is Champaign County Health Care Consumers, which was awarded $25,000 to help medically underserved patients with direct assistance to access health care services.

Other grants included:

— East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center, $24,000, to partner with Promise Healthcare and the University of Illinois to help expand knowledge about how to access health care in the community for refugees and education about healthy eating and obesity.

— Faith in Place, $20,000, to continue with the previous year's funding to establish education centers for healthy eating.

— Promise Healthcare, $10,000, to increase capacity to provide health care for uninsured and underinsured patients.

— Prosperity Gardens, $10,000, to create wellness portfolios for 50 students at risk for childhood obesity and creating job training and career development.

— Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, $3,000, to help build capacity to further establish self-sufficiency programs for people to gain access to health care.

FAITH2, or Fund to Accelerate Innovation Towards Healing and Hope, is a communitywide endowment program awarding grants to local organizations to address health needs that align with Presence Covenent's community benefit plan.

The total amount of grants awarded this year exceeds last year's grants by more than 25 percent, according to the foundation.

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