The Healthcare Foundation of La Porte awards over $3.8 million in 55 grants

Each year, the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte (HFL) offers two grant cycles for community partners and nonprofits seeking to improve health and well-being in La Porte County. In the first scholarship cycle of this year, 2022 Cycle 1, the HFL awarded $3,804,550 across 55 scholarships. The 55 grants encompass the HFL’s three strategic priorities – Healthy Children, Healthy Minds and Healthy Living – as well as projects that contribute to the overall health and well-being of La Porte through the Foundation’s grants.

The 55 scholarships awarded in Cycle 1 2022 fall into the main strategic areas of the HFL:

  • Healthy Children: 17 grants totaling $900,069
  • Healthy Living: 17 grants totaling $2,464,741
  • Healthy Minds: 5 grants totaling $108,000
  • Healthy La Porte: 16 grants totaling $331,740

Most of the scholarships awarded are for one year, however the HFL has awarded some two and three year scholarships.

Awards given for healthy children, HFL’s strategic priority focused on prenatal, infant and child wellness, was number 17 and totaled $900,069. The grants included a $75,000 award to the La Porte Salvation Army for their weekend backpacking program, which serves about 600 children. HFL also awarded a two-year, $150,000 grant to La Porte County Habitat for Humanity for the 2022-2024 Habitat Home Build. The grant will enable the construction of five homes in the town of La Porte for low-income residents including single parents, seniors, veterans and ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households to help people become successful homeowners.

Living healthy, HFL’s priority area, focused on improving physical health through access to healthy foods and an active lifestyle, accounted for 17 grants and the largest total investment of $2,464,741. Highlights include a two-year, $960,000 grant to the City of La Porte for improvements to Soldiers Memorial Park, which consists of an eight-foot-wide greenway from Craven Pond to Orchard Avenue, restroom facilities, and construction of observation trails at Link Park and paving and lighting of the existing mountain bike parking lot and trail head area, among other upgrades. Within this strategic focus area, HFL also awarded a $200,000 grant to the City of LaCross the Grand Kankakee Marsh Trail, which will extend approximately nine miles and will connect La Crosse to the existing 11-mile trail that runs southeast of North Judson. Citizens Concerned for the Homeless received a $50,848 grant to set up a teaching kitchen at Grace Learning Center. The Teaching Kitchen will engage attendees with hands-on classes, including in-person and live-streamed cooking classes.

HFL awarded fivehealthy minds Grants totaling $108,000 including a $6,000 grant to Anam Cara Stables for a bereavement and bereavement group This will feature peer support sessions hosted by trauma informed and trained facilitators and include interactions with horses. HFL also excellent two-year Samaritan Counseling Center grant in support of Healthy Minds for a Healthy Community ($50,000). HFL’s Healthy Minds strategic priority addresses the importance of mental health through the prevention and treatment of mental health disorders, including substance use.

Inside Healthy La Porte, which enables HFL to address community health and wellness needs outside of the foundation’s three strategic priorities, HFL awarded 16 grants totaling $331,740 to community partners. This included $24,713 to the City of La Porte for its La Porte Fire AED program, which provides student CPR certification, life-size realistic mannequins, and maintenance and software updates for the department’s seven AEDs, and a Challenge Grant in Funding of $25,000 for Interfaith Community PADS Phase 2 of Shelter Remodeling. In phase 2, the windows and front doors of the building will be replaced. As a Challenge Grant, Interfaith Community PADS must raise $25,000 from the community to receive the HFL Scholarship.

For the full list of Cycle 1 2022 scholarships awarded go to https://www.hflaporte.org/post/2022-grant-cycle-1-grants-awarded.

“CCongratulations to all scholarship holders,” says Maria Fruth, President and CEO of the HFL. β€œIt truly takes a village to make positive change, and HFL’s partners are invaluable to the mission of empowering La Porte County residents to live healthy and well. Since 2017, HFL has invested over $34 million in the La Porte County community by donating to our dedicated partners. We applaud our partners for all the hard work they have put in to help us fulfill our mission, and we continue to be proud of what they do for our community.”

The HFL Scholarship Cycle 2 ended on July 15, 2022 and applicants will be notified of the decisions by the end of October at the latest.

Local organizations with innovative ideas to improve health and well-being in La Porte County should submit applications for the 2023 grant cycles when they begin next January. To learn more about HFL scholarship awards, including eligibility, policies and FAQs, please visit the foundation’s website at hflaporte.org/grant-opportunities.

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