The Board of Trustees of Community Health Foundation recently authorized its largest amount of funding to nonprofit local organizations.

$300,000 is allocated to support the CHIP, the community health improvement plan and organizations working to promote and support a healthier Springfield and Clark County.  The CHIP priority areas are:  Mental Health and Substance Use; Chronic Disease Prevention & Management; Maternal/Infant Health & Sexual Health as well as the health equity issues of access to care, healthy behaviors and prevention and the social determinants of health.  

$250,000 is dedicated to CHF’s responsive grant cycle; these grants are typically in the $5,000-$10,000 range and are available to Clark and Champaign County health and wellness nonprofit organizations.  Funds are being distributed to 38 organizations this year.  The funding priorities for the responsive grants includes children’s health in addition to the CHIP priorities.   Funded organizations include Champaign Family YMCA, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Clark County Literacy Coalition, Girls on the Run, Heart Health Now, Jefferson Street Oasis Community Garden, McKinley Hall, On the Rise, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Springfield Promise Neighborhood, among others.  

Community Health Foundation is also dedicated to DEI efforts focused on health equity and provided $190,000 in support.  This included grants of $85,000 to Clark County Combined Health District for partial funding of the Minority Health Connection, the equity coordinator position and the community nursing program; $50,000 to Rocking Horse Community Health Center to assist with hiring a community health worker; $40,000 to 1159 South Community Development for the Rebuilding Blocks Rehab Project; $10,000 to Mercy Health for the Med Assist program which provides reduced price and free prescriptions for needy patients and $5,000 to the Springfield Museum of Art for the Museums for All free admission program.  

In support of the oral health coalition, CHF’s final installment of its three-year pledge of $150,000 to Rocking Horse Community Health Center for its dental clinic was fulfilled with a $50,000 grant.  

CHF’s new initiative, HEAL (Healthy Eating, Active Living), is supported with $35,000 allocated for promoting and funding programs aligned with HEAL.

And, finally, CHF’s mini grants of $1,000 or less were provided to 26 organizations.

Community Health Foundation is pleased to support the work of organizations dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the citizens of Clark and Champaign counties.