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Mini-Grant Recipients from across the UP!
Superior Health Foundation supports Beacon House project
The Superior Health Foundation has provided a $1,000 mini-grant to Beacon House in Marquette to help support “Wildcat Tuesdays” that was established last year. NMU athletic teams volunteer their time by taking two Tuesdays during the academic year. Each Tuesday night, a team brings dinner to Beacon House and serves it to its guests in the kitchen. The players assist the guests with bringing their plates to the table, serve them beverages and then visit with them. With the funding, the SHF is sponsoring two months – January and February, 2015 – to cover the costs of the meals for those two months. In the photo are Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation, and Mary Tavernini Dowling, CEO of Beacon House, Beacon House is a privately run non-profit organization that works in conjunction with the medical care community to ensure patient access to care. With 33 private guest rooms, Beacon House is one of the largest hospitality houses in the nation and accommodates a large number of patients, caregivers and family members.
Superior Health Foundation supports suicide prevention educational efforts
The Superior Health Foundation recently provided a mini-grant for $790 to Gwinn Middle and High School to purchase health education DVDs for the SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program. The program, designed for students in sixth, seventh and ninth grades, teaches students how to identify the symptoms of depression and suicidality in themselves or their friends and encourages help-seeking through the use of the ACT (acknowledge, care and tell) technique. Pictured are Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation, and Angela Micheau, a Gwinn public school teacher who helps oversee the program.
SHF supports new pulley system at OSF rehab center
The Superior Health Foundation has awarded a $1,500 mini grant to OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group in Escanaba to help purchase an ADA-approved pulley system with wheelchair accessibility for a new rehab center to be built at the hospital. Pictured, from left, for the check presentation are Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation and Lanna Scannell, Manager of Community/Government Relations & Development at OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group.
Marquette Adult Day Services awarded grant by SHF
Marquette Adult Day Services, a non-profit organization that offers people with memory impairment, Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias the opportunity to engage in meaningful social and recreational activities in a safe and nurturing environment, was recently awarded a $670 mini-grant from the Superior Health Foundation. The grant will be used to purchase two Kindle Fires with cases and two sets of comfortable headphones to introduce the “Music Therapy Using Technology,” program to enable staff to offer more program opportunities, particularly to participants experiencing high levels of anxiety. Marquette Adult Day Services will develop a playlist for each individual participant using the Spotify app on the Kindles. Participants will be able to listen to their soothing playlist made especially for him or her using comfortable headphones so they will not disturb other people in the activity room. Pictured, in the check presentation, are, from left, Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation, Adult Day Services participants Judy Stoner and Sheila Boxley, and Melissa Luttrell, executive director of Marquette Adult Day Services.
SHF mini-grant supports St. Vincent de Paul
The Superior Health Foundation recently awarded a mini-grant of $1,642 to St. Vincent de Paul in Marquette to help cover the costs for new equipment it sorely needs. With the funding, St. Vincent de Paul will purchase six wheelchairs, two transfer benches, four toilet risers, five shower benches with backs and two blood pressure monitors. Pictured, from left, are Stephanie Bordeaux, St. Vincent de Paul store manager; employees Ken Boyer and Alice Kurian; and Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation.
Superior Health Foundation grants to DCHS Diabetes Clinic
The Superior Health Foundation has awarded a $500 mini-grant to the Dickinson County Healthcare System (DCHS) Diabetes Clinic to help provide diabetes education to people of all ages throughout Dickinson-Iron Counties. It will also be used for education for participants who have pre-diabetes, of which there is currently no reimbursement for this diagnosis. SHF presented the check in Iron Mountain. Pictured, from left, are Cindy Yelich, RN, CDE, of the DCHS Diabetes Clinic; Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation; and Bill Verrette of Iron Mountain, who sits on the SHF Board of Directors.
SHF supports ‘Girls on the Move’ asset-building program at Gwinn schools
The Superior Health Foundation recently provided a mini-grant of $640 to “Girls on the Move,” an affiliate of Gwinn Area Community Schools. “Girls on the Move” is offered to fifth-grade girls to build assets and self-esteem before they leave elementary school and go into middle school. The money will be used to help provide healthy snacks for meetings, help with costs associated with cross country ski rentals and fees, and swimming and bus expenses. Pictured, from left, are Jada LaCount, Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation; Connie Sather, a grade school teacher at Sawyer Elementary School who oversees Girls on the Move, and Shanna LaRock. LaCount and LaRock are actively involved in “Girls on the Move.”
Superior Health Foundation awards mini grant to Omega House
The Superior Health Foundation has awarded $1,000 to the Omega House in Houghton to be used for the Teen Retreat – Healthy Coping with Change and Loss,” a one-day retreat geared toward kids who have experienced the loss of loved ones in their lives. The gift will serve as a sponsorship to cover the fees for Dr. Larry Skendzel, who is serving as the retreat facilitator and leader. Pictured, from left, are Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation; Shelby Bischoff, a member of the Community Needs and Grants Committee and part of the SHF Board of Directors; and Rev. Christine Bohnsack, a board member representing Omega House. (Photo courtesy of SHF).
March 4th mini-grant check presentation
Purpose: The Superior Health Foundation provides funding in the form of mini-grants for projects that will have an immediate, positive and long-lasting effect for the health and well-being of the residents of the Upper Peninsula.
Mini-grants are intended to provide funding for small innovative health-centered projects within the Upper Peninsula. Our goal is for families, neighbors and all residents of the Upper Peninsula to work together to build healthier neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for all residents.
Who May Apply: Students, neighborhood groups, local clubs, non-profits; anyone within Upper Michigan who wishes to improve the quality of life in their community. Students will need an adult sponsor.
How to Apply: Complete the online application form on the SHF website (see link on this page). A detailed budget must be attached to be considered for funding. If the SHF Grants Committee determines that your application meets the criteria of benefiting the broader community, it will contact you. Potential grantees may be asked to make a short 10-minute presentation to the committee.
Funding: The Superior Health Foundation may provide up to $25,000 in funds from its annual budget (Jan. 1 to December 31) for distribution, with the maximum grant amount that may be awarded being $2,500. Per policy, $12,500 can be awarded in the first six months (January 1 through June 30) and another $12,500 can be awarded in the second six months.
Selection: Selection will be contingent upon funds available and how well proposals meet the criteria of benefiting the broader region.
Other factors which may be taken into consideration include:
• Project is health-centered
• Project is new and creative
• Project has visible and lasting benefits for the region
• The number of citizens benefited by the project
• The amount of support the project has from other businesses, groups, or individuals
• Presentation to the Committee.
A final report describing the results of the project must be provided to the SHF Grants Committee within six months of receiving grant funding. Failure to provide a final report could result in denial of future grant requests.
SHF provides mini grant to Community Foundation of Marquette to support project
The Community Foundation of Marquette County has awarded a grant of $84,595 from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to support initiatives aimed at improving the quality of health for children in the region. The grant dollars will be used to support the current P.E.-Nut UP program to all elementary schools in the county. Simple nutrition lessons with food sampling and fitness activities will be offered, along with lessons for parents/caregivers on how to buy and prepare low-cost, healthy snack items.
The Community Foundation partnered with Marquette Alger Regional Educational Service Agency (MARESA) to request a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment to enable MARESA to provide nutrition education and physical activity education to elementary school students in Marquette County. The Superior Health Foundation awarded a mini-grant of $2,039 to the Community Foundation of Marquette County to support the expansion of the PE-Nut project to include all Marquette County Schools.
“This project aligns closely with SHF’s mission, which is assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “The Superior Health Foundation welcomes opportunities to collaborate, and we’re very thankful the Community Foundation of Marquette County reached out to us for this terrific project.”
The two expected program outcomes are to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetable and increase the amount of physical activity of elementary students and families. It will also provide teachers an opportunity to learn how to integrate nutrition education and physical activity into their curriculums and classrooms.
Cutline: Pictured, standing left to right, are Chris Marana, principal, Aspen Ridge Elementary School, Kevin Hooper, principal, Sandy Knoll Elementary, Travis Smith, principal, Cherry Creek Elementary, Julie Peterson, principal, Lakeview Elementary, Bob Anthony, principal, Superior Hills Elementary, and Rachel Sabin, MARESA Nutrition Educator accepting the grant check from Community Foundation CEO Gail Anthony. Seated are Sarah Kemppainen, principal, Graveraet Elementary, Jim LaJoie, executive director, Superior Health Foundation and Michelle Granger, Nutrition Educator, MARESA.
UPDATE: January 26th, 2016
Superior Health Foundation accepting mini-grant applications
The Superior Health Foundation is again accepting mini-grant applications to help provide funding for small, innovative health-centered projects across the Upper Peninsula.
Students, neighborhood groups, local clubs, non-profits, and anyone within the Upper Peninsula who wishes to improve the quality of life in their community are encouraged to apply. Students need an adult sponsor.
The SHF may provide up to $25,000 in funds from its grants budget for distribution, with the maximum grant amount to be awarded being $2,500. Selection will be contingent upon funds available and how well proposals meet the criteria of benefiting the broader region. Mini grants are accepted through the year and are awarded monthly.
SHF has again set aside an additional $10,000 in its annual grants budget to provide funding for health-centered equipment purchases of $2,500 or less.
“In the last few years, the Superior Health Foundation Grants Committee has reviewed and acted upon a number of quality mini-grant requests,” said SHF Executive Director Jim LaJoie. “This funding has provided a number of organizations across the Upper Peninsula invaluable funds for health-centered projects. We look forward to reviewing many more requests in 2016.”
Mini-grants need to be used for charitable health-centered purposes and be consistent with SHF’s mission, LaJoie said, which is “to assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health.”
Other factors which may be taken into consideration include: if the project is new and creative; if the project has visible and lasting benefits for the region; the number of citizens benefited by the project; and the amount of support the project has from other businesses, groups or individuals. A detailed budget must accompany each application to be considered for funding.
Information and application forms can be found on the Superior Health Foundation website home page at www.superiorhealthfoundation.org. Applications can be filled out on-line or printed and sent/faxed (906-225-6916) to the SHF.
If mailed, send to Superior Health Foundation, 121 N. Front St., Marquette, MI 49855. For more information, contact the Superior Health Foundation at 906-225-6914 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Superior Health Foundation awards nearly $10,000
in mini-grants in first quarter of 2015
MARQUETTE – In the first quarter of 2015, the Superior Health Foundation awarded $9,539.76 in mini-grant funding to benefit 11 projects all across the Upper Peninsula.
“The SHF Grants Committee has been busy, but in our world, that’s a very good and positive thing,” said SHF Executive Director Jim LaJoie. “We’re proud to support many health-centered seed projects that clearly align with our mission to assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health.”
The SHF Grants Committee meets monthly to discuss and vote on mini-grant (up to $2,500) requests. To apply and fill out an on-line application, simply visit www.superiorhealthfoundation.org.
The following offers a rundown of the organizations which received mini-grants in the past three months, along with a brief description of the project funded and amount:
- Marquette County Community Baby Shower: Its goal is to host an event in the form of a baby shower for pregnant mothers or those with newly delivered babies up to 6 months of age. A request was made to purchase much needed items for babies, such as cribs, crib sheets, car seats, strollers, diapers, etc. The SHF Grants Committee voted to provide funding to purchase car seats for the event. $500
- Camp New Day UP, across the U.P.: Camp New Day is a free one-week summer camp for youth ages 9-14 whose lives have been impacted by the incarceration of a parent or close family member. Its mission is to provide the children with a caring and safe environment that promotes and nurtures self-worth. SHF provided funding to cover the cost of the nurse and medical supplies for the camp. $525
- Child and Family Services of the UP, Alger County: C&FS of the U.P. is engaged in a collaborative process with the Communities that Care (CTC) to address the issue of youth depression in Alger County. Its goal is to implement work under three major pillars: (1) Further investigate the issue, (2) A primary prevention awareness campaign, and (3) Intervention techniques. SHF supported nearly all of its requests, which included advertising, public service announcements, fliers, brochures and food for workshop. $1,421
- Community Food Pack Program, St. Ignace: The request was to continue the food pack program this summer for low-income residents in St. Ignace, with the hope of supplying food to a larger range (currently K-4th grade). Funds will be used to purchase food and pay a stipend to the fitness teacher who will administer the PE program. SHF supported funding half of the costs to purchase food and pay for the fitness teacher. $1,138.80
- Marquette-Alger RESA and MiCHSA: This U.P.-wide request was to fund six-plus people to attend the “Making Connections with Kids Through School Health” conference. The request included two nights lodging, conference registration and two dinners. SHF is providing funding for school personnel, including teachers, to attend the conference at the Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs. $1,200
- Upper Peninsula Children’s Bereavement Network, Marquette County: Funds were requested to provide all supplies, food and gift bags to allow children bereaving the loss of a loved one to have the Best Day. SHF supports sponsoring the Best Day Program for three months in 2015. $600
- Youth Connections Network, Marquette County: This network seeks to launch a campaign to promote “Mealtime as an Ideal Time” to strengthen family bonds, practice positive family communication and create healthy habits that last a lifetime. Funds will be used for printing and lamination of the first 500 sets of placemats to be distributed to families in Marquette County. SHF supported the printing and lamination in full and its logo will be placed on the placemats. $2,100
- Women Living with Cancer Support Group, Houghton: Funds would be used to fill the Comfort Care Packages and the Infused with Support for Hospitality Baskets for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. The request was for $520. SHF supported half, with the Portage Health Foundation (Hancock) agreeing to cover the other half to fully fund the project. $260
- American Red Cross, Marquette: A CPR/AED pilot program offered to the upperclassmen at Ironwood High School and the surrounding area. The Kiwanis is offering three scholarships and asked SHF to provide funding for nine more, for a total of 12. SHF agreed to fund six additional scholarships. $810
- Evergreen Living Center, St. Ignace: Evergreen would like to offer a music-based program for residents suffering from dementia, stroke and social isolation. Evergreen’s desire was to purchase six I pods with personal play lists and large headphones for each resident. SHF funded the entire project. $480
- Negaunee Senior Citizens Center: The Senior Center is creating a Parkinson’s disease Resource Library so it has books that address the different aspects of coping with Parkinson’s. The idea would be to have them available to be lent out to support group participants, other support groups in the U.P. or community members who are affected by the disease, directly or indirectly. SHF supported purchasing all 30 books recommended for this effort: $504.96