Gateway House, Greenville County EMS, and seven other organizations across the region have been selected as the winners of the first Healthy Greenville 2036 grants.

Announced earlier this week by the Greenville Health Authority board of trustees, the nine winning grants amount to $12.4 million and provide funding for one to five years, according to a press release.

“We asked for bold initiatives and are thrilled that the community responded with these incredible proposals,” said board chair Lisa Stevens. “We continue to believe that implementation of these programs could touch every life in Greenville County, which has been our goal from the beginning. This is day one of a 20-year journey of change.”

Greenville Health System established the Healthy Greenville 2036 program earlier this year to provide approximately $4 million in grants each year for the next 20 years for projects that improve the health of Greenville County residents.

The program aims to return the $82 million in county tax funds GHS received from 1947 to 1997 to build parts of Greenville Memorial, Hillcrest Memorial, North Greenville Hospital, and Allen Bennet Memorial. The funds will come from the health system’s $2 billion annual budget, according to Stevens.

Nearly 130 organizations from across the region submitted initial applications for the program but only 19 were invited to submit a formal application. That list was then dwindled down to nine organizations that are targeting chronic health issues and addressing immediate public health needs.

A total of $3.38 million over five years is going to a coalition led by GHS that will create a streamlined comprehensive health initiative that serves Greenville County’s highest-need children. The program will provide students with health education, nutrition, physical activity, and psychological support for abuse and neglect in West Greenville schools. The coalition members include the United Way of Greenville County, SHARE Head Start, and the Greenville County School District.

A coalition led by Greenville County EMS will receive $2.55 million over four years to provide standardized training and equipment for 900 first responders countywide as well as add automatic external defibrillators to 266 deputy patrol cars. Coalition partners include GHS’s emergency department and Health Sciences Center, the Greenville County Fire Chief’s Association, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.

Another $2.52 million over five years was awarded to a coalition led by Clemson’s public health sciences department for diabetes prevention and management services in Greenville County to be offered in client homes, and potentially at locations like the GHS Life Center, Phillis Wheatley Association Center, and Clemson’s cooperative extension office in Greenville County. The coalition includes GHS, Clemson’s cooperative extension service, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, the Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging, and the American Diabetes Association.

And $2.06 million over four years was given to a coalition led by the University of South Carolina Educational Foundation to provide scholarships to 10 medical students trained in areas such as lifestyle medicine or in addiction or substance misuse. Other coalition members include Faces and Voices of Recovery Greenville and Greenville Technical College’s Culinary Institute.

Approximately $250,000 in seed money was awarded to a coalition led by Gateway House Inc. to expand mental health services in Greenville County. The funds will be used to help the nonprofit construct a new facility that would offer rehabilitative support services for adults living with mental illness.

Other grantees include:

The Upstate Fatherhood Coalition was awarded $661,200 over three years to strengthen efforts to assist non-custodial fathers. Partners include the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, Above All Healthy Lifestyle, Fleet Feet Sports, Greenville Family Partnership and the American Lung Association.

Little Steps was awarded $588,800 over five years to provide more individualized case management for young families. Partners include Greenville County First Steps and United Way of Greenville County.

The Clemson University School of Nursing and GHS received $410,000 over two years to expand primary care access through 10 scholarships for nurse practitioners from diverse or under-represented groups.

Greenville County First Steps, GHS Nurse-Family Partnership, and Little Steps were awarded $270,000 over three years to offer more than 400 childcare scholarships.

The GHA board will release a new request for proposals for the next round of grants by Oct. 9. The deadline to submit letters of intent is Nov. 14.

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