FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 20, 2015 

$46,117 IN GRANTS AWARDED TO AREA AGENCIES FOR CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS IN 2016

(Greenville) –The Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) Board awarded grants from the Meijer Children’s Health Care Fund in November for a total of $46,117 to projects and programs that will provide impoverished Montcalm County children much needed health care services.

Spectrum Health United & Kelsey Hospitals Foundation received three grants for 2016. They were:

  • $13,000 for the United Lifestyles Child Passenger Safety Program – Funds will provide access to safety seats and child passenger safety education for approximately 200 financially-qualifying families in Montcalm County.
  • $23,367 for the “Healthier Schools” initiative – Funding will provide immunization clinics in each of the seven Montcalm County districts, and to train MERT (Medical Emergency Response Teams) in each of the school buildings, providing increased health and safety for students, staff and families.
  • $9,750 for the Lakeview Youth Clinic’s Healthy Body Image and WhyTry programs – Funding will support Healthy Body Image and WhyTry outreach programs at Lakeview Middle and High Schools.

The Meijer Children’s Health Care Fund was developed in late 2005 as the result of a collaborative effort of community-minded people and organizations including The Meijer Foundation, Spectrum Health United & Kelsey Hospitals Foundation, the Mid-Michigan District Health Department, the Greenville Area Community Foundation, as well as, the Federal Government. The fund’s purpose is to provide healthcare services, including educational services, to economically disadvantaged children living within the Montcalm County area through indigent care program.

For information on grant eligibility, grant deadlines and ways to support the endowed funds that make these grants possible, visit www.gacfmi.org.