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GHS announces $80M community health initiative

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The Greenville Health Authority Board of Trustees has announced a new initiative to improve the health of Greenville County residents. The Healthy Greenville 2036 project will reinvest $80 million into health-targeted local grants over the next 20 years.

The Greenville Health Authority Board of Trustees is the new operating name for what was previously named the Greenville Health System Board of Trustees.

According to a news release, the initiative will fund approximately $4 million in grants each year for the next 20 years for health-related projects. Areas to be targeted include access to health care, mental health, healthy eating/exercise and the social and economic factors that impact the health of a community.

“We don’t want to tackle any one disease so much as we want to fund projects that offer solutions to the root problems that give rise to those diseases,” said Lisa Stevens, Greenville Health Authority chairwoman, in the release. “By working together and thinking outside the box, we can better address issues before they become problems.”

The deadline for applicants’ initial letter of intent is May 15. Following evaluation of the letters of intent, select organizations will be invited to submit a full application for funding. Funding will be awarded to those applicants who best meet Healthy Greenville’s criteria, demonstrate a track record of success with previous projects or programs and are able to articulate how their project will move Greenville County toward the vision of being the healthiest county in America by 2036. Collaborative, cross-functional multi-year projects are encouraged, according to the release.

Four community information meetings have been scheduled to provide additional information:

  • Monday, April 24, noon to 1 p.m., Greenville Memorial Hospital board room;
  • Monday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Furman University Chapel, Garden Room;
  • Wednesday, April 26, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Hillcrest Memorial Hospital, conference room E, and
  • Thursday, April 27, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Greer Memorial Medical Campus, Medical Office Building 340.

To be eligible to receive a grant, an organization must be one of the following: a non-profit with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status, a healthcare provider regardless of affiliation, academic institution, coalitions or collaboratives and/or government agencies. According to the release, programs must directly benefit residents of Greenville County through health-related care, research or education initiatives. The minimum grant will be $250,000 per year, with multi-year collaborative projects encouraged.

More information on the initiative and how to apply can be found online.

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