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The Williamsburg Health Foundation recently announced its second grant round of 2015, spreading donations among 16 local agencies committed to community health and wellness initiatives.
While the second round of grants is traditionally the smaller of the two annual grant rounds, according to Williamsburg Health Foundation President and CEO Jeanne Zeidler, the organization’s Board of Trustees still approved 19 grants worth more than $1.3 million at its Dec. 7 meeting.
Highlighted in the Foundation’s recent news release on the announcement is the balance the organization strives to strike between funding new initiatives and supporting programs already in place.
The vast majority of the funds – all but about $100,000 – will go toward funding existing programs and agencies in the Greater Williamsburg area.
“Many foundations only seek to fund the latest approaches to their community’s oldest problems,” Zeidler said. “That’s not how we work.”
While the Foundation prides itself on recognizing many organizations that have a long history of service to the community, that fact does not mean it is uninterested in innovation.
Some of the grant money will go toward established organizations looking to expand their offerings, as in the case of Bacon Street Youth and Family Services – a nonprofit with more than 40 years of service under its belt and looking to create new partnerships with other local agencies that deal with substance abuse.
“We believe that there are programs and agencies that merit continued support,” Ziedler said. “We don’t need a new name or remixed explanations for long-standing, effective programs. ”
The complete list of grants awarded is as follows:
- Bacon Street Youth and Family Services- Youth Substance Abuse Intervention and Treatment: $25,000
- Bacon Street Youth and Family Services- The Healing Project Partnership: $64,000
- Child and Family Connection- Violence Prevention and Intervention Program (VPIP): $25,000
- The College of William & Mary New Horizons Family Counseling Center- Youth and Family Counseling: $93,000
- York County Division of Juvenile Services- Psychological and Substance Abuse Services: $28,000
- The Arc of Greater- Williamsburg Fitness Program: $20,000
- Williamsburg Soccer Foundation- Virginia Legacy Soccer Community Partnership Program: $16,000
- Child Development Resources- Parents as Teachers: $125,000
- Postpartum Support Virginia, Inc.- Healthy Mother, Healthy Family: $5,000
- Virginia Oral Health Coalition- Oral Health Integration for Greater Williamsburg: $5,000
- Grove Christian Outreach Center- Food Access Outreach Program: $8,000
- Virginia Peninsula Foodbank Mobile Food Pantry- Fresh Produce: $20,000
- Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels- Nutritious Noontime Meals: $50,000
- Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center- Basic Operating Support: $450,000
- Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center- Transition From Hospital to Home Partnership: $66,000
- Avalon: A Center for Women and Children- Hospital Accompaniment: $27,000
- Child Development Resources- Infant Parent Program: $150,000
- Peninsula Agency on Aging- PAA RIDES Program: $110,000
- Williamsburg Area Faith in Action- Resource Visitors Program: $29,000