OWENSBORO, Ky. (Aug. 9, 2012) — Owensboro Medical Health System has awarded over $640,000 to 53 regional organizations for 57 projects in the coming year. The awards represent the largest allocation of grants since the inception of the OMHS Community Benefit Grant Program.
“We are committed to supporting non-profit community organizations and public entities with charitable purposes aligning with our mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of our community,” said Jeff Barber, president and chief executive officer. “In addition to providing healthcare services, OMHS recognizes that there are a number of agencies and organizations in our region, which can make a significant impact on community health.”
[pullquote_left]Programs, services and activities must serve individuals in the OMHS service area, including Daviess, Hancock, Ohio, Henderson, Hopkins, McLean, Muhlenberg, Breckinridge and Webster counties in Kentucky; Spencer and Perry counties, Indiana. [/pullquote_left]
Non-profit organizations that provide plans for specific programs and services addressing identified community health needs may apply for grant funding. To qualify, activities must seek to provide measurable improvement in health status, access to care, or use of healthcare resources. Funds also are available to non-profit entities that offer specific programs and activities not directly related to healthcare. In such cases grant applications must specifically describe how the organization’s services or activities address root causes of problems affecting community health. Eligible groups include economic, educational, civic, arts and cultural organizations.
Programs, services and activities must serve individuals in the OMHS service area, including Daviess, Hancock, Ohio, Henderson, Hopkins, McLean, Muhlenberg, Breckinridge and Webster counties in Kentucky; Spencer and Perry counties, Indiana.
OMHS offers a single funding cycle with a grant application process that begins in the spring. Organizations seeking funds must submit letters of intent to determine if a good match exists between the proposed project, the OMHS mission and the organization’s goal to improve health. If the letter is accepted, OMHS invites the organization to write a formal grant proposal.
A list of grant recipients can be accessed online at www.omhs.org.
OMHS continues to offer its mini-grant program year-round for such items as community event sponsorships and small, health-related projects. Applications are available at www.omhs.org and must describe the project’s purpose, include the project’s budget and state how it impacts health. Organizations are encouraged to apply early as a limited amount of funds are available.
Owensboro Medical Health System serves an 11-county region in western Kentucky and southern Indiana.