The Greenville Health Authority board of trustees, on Wednesday, July 29, awarded 15 new grants through its Healthy Greenville program. The funding brings the total amount of the program’s community health-focused grants to more than $20 million since it began four years ago.
Prisma Health-Upstate provides the Greenville Health Authority with $4 million each year for the Healthy Greenville program in order to support health-related care, health research and health education initiatives for the people of Greenville County.
The board voted unanimously, granting local community groups thousands of dollars that will go toward projects that will help those with severe disabilities, those experiencing homelessness, individuals at risk for hunger and people with Parkinson’s disease among other issues. The largest grant award announced went to United Housing Connections.
“The Greenville Health Authority board of trustees is very excited to award a $500,000 grant over the next three years to United Housing Connections toward the building of its innovative Church Street Place,” said Mike Ellison, the GHA grant committee chairman, in a release. “This award aligns with the Community Health Needs Assessment for Greenville County and with the GHA vision to help make Greenville County the healthiest county in America.”
Church Street Place will provide housing for community members with needs that may not be served in other housing models. Construction for the complex is scheduled to start in 2021. It should be ready for occupancy by 2022.
In response to the funding award, Lorain Crowl, the executive director of United Housing Connections, said, “We are so proud to partner with Prisma Health to create 36 homes for some of the most vulnerable citizens in our Greenville community — those with severe mental or physical disabilities who are experiencing chronic homelessness.
“Housing and health care go hand in hand,” she said.
GHA provided the Greenville Area Parkinson Society with a $25,662 one-year grant to support technology initiatives for the organization to grow its virtual services, which include providing iPads to members to access an online platform for social and overall support.
“With the United Housing Connections award and the other 14 Healthy Greenville and Healthy Greenville, Too awards made this year, Greenville Health Authority has now pledged more than $20 million in grants through 2020. Of that $20 million, almost $16 million has already been distributed to organizations making a difference in the health and well-being of the communities where we live and serve,” Ellison explained. “My fellow trustees and I continue to be proud and excited to be a part of this organization and these grant initiatives that will make a difference for generations to come.”
The program will have invested more than $136 million into health programs directly benefitting Greenville County by 2052, according to the organization.
The Greenville Health Authority also awarded 13 micro-grants of $7,692 for one-year support:
- Center for Educational Equity will receive support for outreach and support targeting at-risk students. The program features a structured after-school environment that advocates academics and fitness.
- Upstate Circle of Friends Neighborhood Mobile Café will receive a grant to repurpose a school bus into a mobile café to reach up to 200 children at risk for hunger. The project will maintain the program’s focus on youth residing in low-income housing areas but also will benefit senior citizens identified through a just-completed COVID-19 feeding program.
- The Greenville Tech Foundation received support for its Greenville Technical College Education & Prevention to Improve Community Dental Care (GTC EPIC Dental Care) program. The clinic plans to serve more than 1,500 people in 2020.
- International Ballet will receive support for its innovative accessibility dance classes. The group hopes to restart the classes in mid-August, with conditioning mats designated personally to each participant and disinfected after each use.
- Jasmine Road Inc. will receive support for its transformational two-year “housing-first” residential program. The project will provide access to mental and behavioral health care services for its residents.
- LEAD Collective Inc. will receive support to hire a part-time intern from the Nicholtown community to help with the Eleos After School program for middle school and high school students. The after-school program includes tutoring, creative arts, sports, healthy meals and free counseling through a new partnership with the Heritage Family Center.
- Meals on Wheels Greenville will receive additional support for specialty meals for patients facing physical limitations.
- North Greenville Crisis Ministry will use the additional support to provide rent or utility assistance for more families in need of crisis assistance.
- Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas supports the efforts of Prisma Health Children’s Hospital in its work to care for medically fragile children, with the Ronald McDonald House ensuring that children’s families are close by and able to provide emotional support to them.
- Safe Harbor Inc. will use the grant to provide mental health counseling for victims of domestic violence.
- Sustaining Way will use this grant to improve the health and well-being of Greenville’s Nicholtown community through its youth stewardship, home energy efficiency outreach and gardening programs.
- SWITCH’s Restoration Program will provide comprehensive support services for up to 20 women in Greenville County who are survivors of human trafficking or sexual exploitation. Assistance can include short-term crisis management and long-term integrated care using an individualized case management approach focused on targeted interventions.
- YouthBASE, a free after-school and summer program, equips children in kindergarten through second grade — and their families — with additional support to overcome behavioral, academic, social and emotional difficulties.