Fourth and final round of grants to 2013 recipients brings year-end total to $4.2 million.
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey has awarded its fourth and final round of 2013 grants to support New Jersey non-profit organizations approving $1,567,500 in grant awards for 60 qualifying programs. With these awards, the Foundation made more than $4.2 million in grants to 142 non-profits in 2013.
“The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey applauds the commitment and dedication of non-profit organizations because they help improve the health and quality of life of Garden State residents,” said Robert A. Marino, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Chairman & CEO and Foundation Board Chairman. “By addressing significant public health issues or contributing to the cultural richness of our state, the grantees we support are making a positive impact on the lives of the people they serve.”
Since its inception in 2004, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey has awarded 965 grants totaling more than $34 million to support New Jersey non-profit organizations.
The Foundation awarded the following 60 grants at its December 2013 Board meeting:
- Aljira in Newark, received a general operating support grant of $15,000 to support art exhibitions as well as free educational programs, films, gallery tours, performances, artist presentations and youth art learning projects.
- American Conference on Diversity in New Brunswick, received a grant of $20,000 to support its Improving Quality and Safety of Care for Diverse Patient Populations Project. The project assists physicians, hospital administrators and other health care professionals with 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.
- Art Pride in Burlington, received a grant of $15,000 to support the New Jersey Poetry Out Loud Final Competition. The program combines the dynamics of slam poetry, spoken word and theater, and encourages young people to learn about and appreciate great poetry through memorization and performances. This grant supports the program and the final competition event.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark in Newark, received a grant of $150,000 to support the renovation of the dance & fitness studio, instructional kitchen and outdoor garden, and visual arts room. The grant will also support programming for the renovated spaces for children of Newark to foster academic success, character development and healthy lifestyles.
- Cape Assist in Wildwood, received a grant of $25,000 to support the Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE) and HealthEASE programs. The programs provide senior citizens in Cape May County with basic health information and related services. The program educates seniors on self care for chronic conditions, safe use of medications, how to complete health-related forms, and how to have productive dicussions with doctors..
- Children’s Aid and Family Services in Paramus, received a grant of $25,000 to support the Youth Support Outreach Project. The project assists teens and young adults ages 14 to 26 that are struggling with their transition from foster homes to independent living.
- Children’s Futures in Trenton, received a grant of $50,000 to support its Health Literacy Program. The program will increase the scope and quality of health communications and information provided by health professionals and community organizations to the residents they serve.
- 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 Enhanced Health Services Program. The program will provide physical, mental and behavioral care and rehabilitation to veterans of all ages who face a variety of challenges.
- Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, received a grant of $20,000 to support cultural field trips to the theatre for disadvantaged children impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Children from Highlands, Union Beach, Keansburg and Red Bank will each attend three shows to provide them with an arts experience that is a complement to their school curriculum.
- 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, Monmouth and Union 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 Community Outreach Program, Medical Assistance, Patient Support Services and Education. These activities provide uninsured and low-income patients with short-term diabetes medication and supplies and help guide them through the process of finding longer-term assistance.
- Enright Melanoma 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 Bergen, Essex, Hunterdon, Ocean, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties.
- Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, received a two-year grant of $100,000 to support its Veteran’s Depression Program. The program provides depression screening and treatment services for New Jersey veterans and their families. The grant will also support outreach services, research to determine best practices in treating veterans with depression, instruction for FDU clinical psychologists-in-training and a veteran peer mentorship program for FDU’s student veterans.
- Family Guidance Center in Hamilton, received a grant of $25,000 to support its Integrated Care Program. The program provides mental health care, primary health care, health screenings, nurse care management, wellness education and supportive services in one setting.
- Garden State Discovery Museum Center for Learning in Cherry Hill, received a general operating support grant of $18,500 to fund the expansion of the Discovery Theater Program. The program offers performances for audiences of all ages, in the community and in local schools.
- GlassRoots in Newark, received a general operating support grant of $10,000 to fund its after-school and summer arts program. The program teaches Newark-area youth the process of glass art creation and the business behind it.
- Hispanic Family Center Southern New Jersey in Camden, received a grant of $30,000 to support its Pediatric Asthma Prevention Program. The program provides families with culturally-appropriate outreach, prevention education workshops and home-based case management services.
- HomeFront in Lawrenceville, received a grant of $25,000 to support the Health Maven Project. The project connects low-income or homeless parents and their children with providers for primary care services, offers assistance in navigating the subsidized health care system, and helps clients manage a medical crisis.
- Hope House in Paterson, 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.
- La Casa de Don Pedro in Newark, received a grant of $15,000 to support its Healthy Living Initiative. The Initiative provides comprehensive health services for adults and children, including health education seminars and testing for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Health literacy and case management and advocacy for families also are offered through this initiative.
- Lakewood Resource and Referral Center in Lakewood, received a grant of $20,000 to support the Child Behavioral Health Access Project. The project increases access to and utilization of quality outpatient behavioral health services for low-income children.
- Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey in Metuchen, received a grant of $11,000 to support the Building Literacy Skills for Health Care and Healthy Living Program. The program provides health literacy training, support and resources to the organization’s network of local adult literacy programs.
- Monmouth County Arts Council in Red Bank, received a general operating grant of $10,000 to fund community and arts education programs.
- Moorestown Theater Company in Moorestown, received a general operating support grant of $20,000 to fund its theatrical productions and classes in acting, dance and voice.
- New Jersey Goals of Care in Princeton, received a grant of $50,000 to support its Provider Consultation and Training Service Program. One component of the project is a pilot consulting program with Princeton HealthCare System and AtlantiCare and its partners to improve communication between health care providers and older patients as the patients identify their goals of care. Another component is a state-wide continuing medical education training initiative that trains medical residents to better assist older patients with managing their chronic conditions and making end-of-life decisions through improved communication.
- 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 that offers free and heavily discounted tickets to performances and special events, making theatre accessible to all.
- Newark Boys Chorus School in Newark, received a grant of $30,000 to support the Education for Success Program. 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.
- Newark Public Radio/WBGO in Newark, received a general operating grant of $75,000. The grant will help underwrite the station’s local news and programming.
- Newark Renaissance House in Newark, received a grant of $50,000 to support its Enhanced Mental Health Services Program. The program enables pregnant mothers and mothers with children ages 0-4 to keep their children with them as they receive mental health services. The program provides both mothers and children affected by substance abuse with health and education services in a therapeutic setting.
- The Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, received a grant of $15,000 to support its MosAIC Peace Project. The project will bring together a professional Southern New Jersey artist and children from the Boys and Girls Club, Covenant House and local schools in Atlantic City to create a series of large-scale mosaics centered on the theme of bringing peace to the city.
- Ocean Community Economic Action Now in Toms River, received a grant of $20,000 to support its Fit Kids-Health and Active Living Obesity Outreach Program. The grant will provide nutrition and fitness education workshops for children in Ocean County Head Start Centers and their families.
- Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown, received a $15,000 grant to support its Arts Reaching the Students In-School Artist in Residence Program. The program provides schools in South Jersey with long-term artist residencies that engage students in the visual and performing arts.
- Philip’s Education Partners 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.
- Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey in Madison, received a $10,000 grant to support the Newark Young Writer’s Project. The project hosts creative writing residencies for public school students in Newark in playwriting, poetry and prose. The grant will also help support the Newark Writers Festival.
- Prevent Child Abuse- New Jersey Chapter in New Brunswick, received a $20,000 grant to support its HELP Program. The program trains and prepares Prevent Child Abuse staff to screen new and expectant parents for depression and other mental health conditions and connect them to treatment services.
- Puerto Rican Unity for Progress in Camden, received a grant of $15,000 to support Proyecto Salud. The program addresses multiple health challenges facing the Hispanic population by providing disease prevention and health education workshops and screenings for asthma, cancer, diabetes and hypertension for low-income Hispanic residents residing in Camden City. .
- The Ritz Theatre Company in Haddon Township, received a grant of $20,000 to support its Horizon Silver Stages Program. The grant will support editing and post-production work for a film production into a DVD format with closed captioning for viewing by long-term care senior residents in facilities located in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties so those seniors can experience the theater.
- Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville, received a general operating support grant of $10,000 to fund its exhibits and programming.
- Robins’ Nest in Glassboro, received a grant of $25,000 to support its Depression and Mental Health Screening Program. The program will help to establish a depression and mental health-screening program in the Winslow Township community in Camden County. The program will offer mental health screenings and, assessments and referrals for outpatient services.
- 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.
- Rutgers University Foundation in New Brunswick, received a grant of $50,000 to support its Rutgers-FOCUS Health and Wellness Center Behavioral Health Expansion Project. The grant will support the expansion of the Rutgers-Focus Center for Health and Wellness’s behavioral health services for low-income Newark residents. The program will provide clients with psychosocial assessments, medication management, counseling and care strategies services.
- 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.
- 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.
- Save Latin America in Union City, received a grant of $25,000 to support its Diabetes Disparities Outreach and Education Initiative Program. The program will enable more at-risk children to be identified and receive treatment for diabetes, as well as provide diabetes information and education to parents and children.
- Shiloh Community Development Corporation in Trenton, received a grant of $25,000 to support its Chronic Disease Self-Management and Early Detection Program. The program will establish chronic disease self-management workshops and screenings in low-income Trenton neighborhoods impacted by crime and violence.
- Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth Convent in Elizabeth, received a grant of $10,000 to support The ABCs of Healthy Living. 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.
- Special Olympics New Jersey in Lawrenceville, received a two-year grant of $25,000 to support its Young Athlete Program. The program offers clinic-style, sport-specific instructions aimed at the physical and developmental needs of children ages 2 to 7 with an emphasis on sports skill development.
- Trenton Children’s Chorus in Trenton, received a general operating support grant of $10,000 to fund its after school program for the 2013-2014 season.
- Twin Oaks Community Services in Mount Holly, received a grant of $24,000 to support its Self-Reclamation and Community Re-Integration Program at Veteran’s Haven. The grant will support the expansion of mental health services for New Jersey veterans.
- United Way of Essex and West Hudson in Newark, received a grant of $50,000 to support the Community Health Program. The program provides community-based health education programs and health literacy services.
- UrbanPromise Ministries in Camden, received a grant of $30,000 for its Be Resilient, Be Well … Be Promise Program. The grant will support mental health screenings and referral services for children and youth as well as resiliency training for staff.
- 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.
- Volunteers of America in Collingswood, received a grant of $20,000 to support its Health Education Program. The grant will provide a health educator to design and deliver presentations to educate clients on the prevention, symptoms and management of asthma, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
- 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.
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is celebrating 10 years of serving New Jersey’s communities. The Foundation promotes health, well-being, and quality of life across our state by supporting charitable organizations. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.horizonblue.com/foundation