The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) has awarded $50,000 to the Maine Community Foundation’s People of Color Fund to support a second year of health-related grants made to organizations that serve Maine’s communities of color. These communities include but are not limited to people who define themselves as Native American, African American, Asian, or Hispanic.
People of Color Fund health-related grants last year included support for outreach to immigrant groups around healthy eating habits and nutrition, an English language course for new Mainers interested in the medical field, and support for increasing access to health care within minority communities. Learn more about all 2014 People of Color Fund grants.
“The first year of health-focused grants supported by MeHAF was very successful,” said Morgan Hynd, the MeHAF Program Officer overseeing the grant. “A majority of the applications submitted were funded, and MeHAF staff participated in outreach sessions in Portland and Lewiston, connecting foundation staff with grassroots organizations that may not have had a direct relationship with MeHAF previously.”
Barbara Leonard, MeHAF’s Vice President for Programs, added, “The staff and advisors of the Maine Community Foundation’s People of Color Fund have built relationships of trust within communities of color in Maine. These relationships are key to overcoming the legacy of racial discrimination, which correlates with poor health outcomes and reduced access to health care for people in these communities.”
The People of Color Fund awards grants of up to $7,500 once a year in the spring. MeHAF’s health-focused grants will be included in the 2015 grant cycle. Hynd added, “We are excited to partner with the Maine Community Foundation again this year, and to continue to build relationships within Maine’s communities of color.”
About the Maine Community Foundation: A statewide nonprofit created by and for the people of Maine, the Maine Community Foundation (Maine CF) works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. The community foundation’s current assets of $400 million are held in stewardship for nearly 1,500 different funds. Since 1983, MaineCF has awarded more than $220 million in grants and scholarships. For more information, visit www.mainecf.org.
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