As reported by Independent Press
on January 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey approved its fourth and final round of 2012 grants to support New Jersey nonprofit organizations, authorizing $939,000 in December to 49 qualifying grantees around the state. Since January 2012, the Foundation has awarded more than $6.7 million in grants to 128 organizations.
“The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey supports New Jersey nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life in our state,” said Robert A. Marino, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and Chairman and CEO of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. “The approved grants will help to address important public health issues while also supporting programs that provide New Jersey residents with artistic and cultural enrichment.”
Since 2004, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey has awarded more than 820 grants totaling nearly $30 million to support New Jersey non-profit organizations.
At its December 2012 Board meeting, the Foundation awarded the following 49 grants:
— All Saints Community Service and Development Corporation in Hoboken, received a grant of $15,000 to support its Jubilee Arts Project. The project provides afterschool and summer dance instruction and music and theatre programs for children ages 5 to 12 living in public housing in Hoboken.
— American Conference on Diversity in New Brunswick, received a grant of $20,000 to support its Improving Quality and Safety of Care Diverse Patient Populations Project. The project assists physicians, hospital administrators and other health care professionals in providing culturally appropriate health care.
— Art House Productions in Jersey City, received a general operating support grant of $10,000 to fund its Arts Exhibits and After-School Programs.
— Boat People SOS in Pennsauken, received a grant of $15,000 to support its Vietnamese Elders Health & Wellness Project. The program provides a culture-based curriculum that teaches health and wellness through health literacy and education.
— Children’s Aid and Family Services in Paramus, received a grant of $25,000 to support the Mobile Youth Support Outreach Project. The project assists teens and young adults ages 14 to 26 who are struggling with their transition from foster homes to living independently.
— Children’s Home Society of New Jersey in Trenton, received a two-year grant of $50,000 to support its Children’s Immunization Project. The program supports families most at risk of childhood immunization non-compliance by providing free screenings, case management and education services as well as monthly immunization clinics.
— Christ the King Preparatory School in Newark, received a grant of $30,000 to support its Health Literacy Program. The program teaches faculty, students and their families how to navigate the health care system to understand basic health services, preventative self-care and chronic disease management.
— Community Hope in Parsippany, received a grant of $15,000 to support its Veterans’ Early Transition Services Program. The grant supports enhanced case management services to coordinate veterans’ access to healthcare, monitor medication compliance, track medical appointments and ensure that healthcare providers’ recommendations are followed.
— Covenant House in Newark, received a grant of $20,000 to fund its Mental Health Support Program. The program provides comprehensive mental health services for homeless youth in Essex, Hudson and Monmouth Counties.
— CPC Behavioral Healthcare in Eatontown, received a grant of $20,000 to support the Art Therapist for the Circle of Friends Children’s Program. The program provides creative arts therapy to children suffering from mental and behavioral disorders.
— Crossroads Programs in Willingboro, received a grant of $15,000 to support the Mental Health Screening and Treatment for Youth Program. The grant supports a comprehensive mental health program for at-risk children in Burlington County.
— Diabetes Foundation in Paramus, received a grant of $15,000 to support its Medical Assistance, Patient Advocacy and Education Programs. The program provides uninsured and low-income patients with short-term diabetes medication and supplies and helps guide them through the process of seeking longer-term assistance.
— Joseph E. Enright Foundation in Summit received a grant of $15,000 to support the Enright Sunshine Safety Certification Program. The program creates awareness and provides certifications on sun safety and melanoma prevention through presentations to lifeguards, camp directors, counselors and teachers in Essex, Hunterdon, Ocean, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties. The grant also provides sun safety display reminders and daily ultraviolet index reports at all camps and community pools in these counties.
— Glassroots in Newark, received a grant of $10,000 to support its Community Youth After-School Art Education Program. The enrichment program teaches teens in creating molten glass art.
— Hope House in Dover, received a grant of $25,000 to support the Depression Screening and Mental Health Counseling for Bilingual Clients Program. The program provides mental health services to Spanish speaking residents in Morris County.
— HomeFront in Lawrenceville, received a grant of $25,000 to support the Maven Team Project. The program connects low-income or homeless parents and their children with providers for primary care services, provides assistance in navigating the subsidized health care system for services and offers guidance through a medical crisis.
— La Casa de Don Pedro in Newark, received a grant of $15,000 to support its Healthy Living Initiative. The program provides comprehensive health services for adults and children including health education seminars and testing for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity; case management and advocacy for families; and health literacy.
— Lakewood Resource and Referral Center in Lakewood, received a grant of $20,000 to support the Children’s Psychiatric Access Program. The program provides bi-lingual psychiatric evaluations and medication management for children on an outpatient basis.
— Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey in Metuchen, received a grant of $11,000 to support Building Adult Literacy Skills for Healthy Living.
— Luna Stage Company in West Orange, received a general operating support grant of $10,000 to fund School-Based Arts Education Programs.
— March of Dimes Birth Defects National Foundation, New Jersey Chapter in Sayreville, received a grant of $10,000 to support Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait at Your Fingertips. The grant funds a health literacy campaign for African American women in Newark to improve birth outcomes by providing them with easy to read and accessible information on pregnancy, premature birth interventions, prenatal care and available resources and services.
— Monmouth County Arts Council in Red Bank, received a grant of $10,000 to support the 2013-2013 Monmouth County Teen Arts Festival.
— Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence in Montclair, received a grant of $14,000 to support “Then and Now: A Ceremony for This Time.” The project funds a dance performance and arts education documentary film.
— Moorestown Theater Company in Moorestown, received a general operating support grant of $10,000 to fund its theatrical productions and classes in acting, dance and voice.
— Newark Boys Chorus School in Newark, received a grant of $30,000 to support Education for Success. The grant provides for a health literacy component in the academic curriculum to promote understanding of the body, the importance of exercise and nutrition to live a healthy life.
— New Bridge Services in Pompton Plains, received a grant of $15,000 to support the Depression Screening for Adolescents Program. The program educates teachers, students and parents on recognizing the symptoms of depression in four school districts in Passaic and Morris Counties.
— New Jersey Goals of Care in Princeton, received a grant of $25,000 to support its Provider Consultation and Training Service Program. The program supports training at AtlantiCare and its partners on implementing the Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form. The voluntary order allows a patient’s health record be tracked and carried throughout the healthcare system to ensure that all treatment decisions stem from the patient’s goals of care.
— New Jersey Health Literacy Coalition in Jersey City, received a grant of $50,000 to support its Advanced Health Literacy Solutions Program. The grant supports health literacy training workshops, on-site reviews at health centers or hospitals, and meetings with community-based and health care organization representatives to promote networking around health literacy and to share best practices.
— New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch, received a general operating support grant of $10,000 to fund its arts program.
— New Jersey Theatre Alliance in West Orange, received a grant of $25,000 to support The Stages Festival, an annual, month-long, statewide celebration of theatre. The grant will support Festival events in Burlington and Ocean counties.
— Ocean Community Economic Action Now (O.C.E.A.N.) in Toms River, received a $20,000 grant to support the Eating Smart, Healthy Start Obesity Outreach Nutritional/Fitness Initiative. The program provides families with nutritional and fitness literature, skills to access web-based obesity information, as well as nutritional and fitness skills training.
— Partnership for Social Services Family Center in Dover, received a grant of $25,000 to support the Sussex County Depression Counseling Outreach Program, which provides depression treatment to low-income, uninsured and veterans residing in the county.
— Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown, received a $15,000 grant to support its ARTS In-School Artist Residency Program. The program provides schools in Southern New Jersey with long-term artist residencies that engage students in the visual and performing arts.
— Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey in Madison, received a $10,000 grant to support the Urban Young Writer’s Project. The project hosts creative writing residences for public school students in Newark and Camden in playwriting, poetry and prose.
— Prevent Child Abuse – New Jersey Chapter in New Brunswick, received a grant of $20,000 to support the Home Visitation Enhancement and Linkages Program. The program trains and prepares Prevent Child Abuse staff to screen new and expectant parents for depression and other mental health conditions, substance abuse and domestic violence and connect them to treatment services. The program serves families in Burlington, Hudson, Salem and Cape May Counties.
— Rowan University Foundation in Glassboro, received a grant of $10,000 to support the Get FIT Program. The program provides fitness and nutritional intervention programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers.
— Saint Vincent’s Academy in Newark, received a grant of $24,000 to support its Women’s Wellness Plus Program. The program addresses students’ emotional and mental health issues, while also working to improve their physical fitness and healthy eating habits.
— Shiloh Community Development Corporation in Trenton, received a grant of $25,000 to support the Mercer County Cancer Education and Early Detection Program. The program provides chronic disease management, with a focus on diabetes and cancer, to residents of the two low-income housing complexes in Trenton. The program includes weekly workshops, support groups, screenings and assistance navigating the healthcare system to ensure timely diagnosis and treatment.
— Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth Convent of St. Elizabeth in Elizabeth, received a grant of $10,000 to support The ABCs of Healthy Living – Mind, Body and Spirit. The program teaches low-income women and their families, most of whom are Hispanic, how to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle through a series of culturally relevant workshops held at St. Josephine’s Place.
— State Theatre Regional Arts Center at New Brunswick in New Brunswick, received a grant of $15,000 to support its Horizon Artist-in-Residence Program.
— St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, received a grant of $20,000 to support its Student Counseling Program. The program provides counseling to students with psychological, emotional, or behavioral problems that may impede their academic progress and compromise their ability to function at school and in the community.
— St. Philip’s Academy in Newark, received a grant of $15,000 to support EcoSPACES. The program teaches students the origins and chemistry of food, how to make healthy and tasty food selections and provides physical education to promote healthy living.
— Trenton Children’s Chorus in Princeton, received a general operating support grant of $10,000 to fund its after school program for the 2012-2013 season.
— Trenton Community Music School in Trenton, received a general operating support grant of $10,000 to fund after-school arts education programs.
— United Way of Essex and West Hudson in Newark, received a grant of $50,000 to support the Horizon Community Health Worker Program. The program provides community-based health education programs and health literacy services.
— Valerie Fund in Maplewood, received a grant of $20,000 for The Valerie Fund Child Life and Social Services Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. The program provides patient counseling, advocacy and education.
— Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey in Red Bank, received a grant of $25,000 to support its School-Based Nurse Practitioner Health Services Program. The program provides students and their caregivers in five school districts in Middlesex and Monmouth Counties with prevention and health literacy education, screenings, physicals, chronic disease management and self-management education.
— West Bergen Mental Healthcare in Ridgewood, received a grant of $25,000 to support the Children’s Depression Intervention Program.
— Youth Development Clinic of Newark in Newark, received a grant of $10,000 to support the Depression Screening and Treatment Program. The program screens and treats depression in children and families in Newark, Irvington, East Orange and Kearny.
In addition to these grants, during the fourth quarter of 2012, the Foundation awarded an additional $850,000 in grants for Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts. Grants were awarded to the American Red Cross Northern New Jersey Chapter, Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund and the Salvation Army New Jersey Division for statewide distribution.
For more information about the Foundation, visit horizonblue.com/foundation.