HealthFirst announces next grant cycle

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WILMINGTON – HealthFirst for Clinton County — a community foundation which awards grants worth thousands of dollars to community health-related projects — announces the organization’s next grant cycle. For this cycle, HealthFirst will be using an online grant platform through the Clinton County Foundation.

Clinton County-based 501(c)3 organizations, government entities, nonprofit organizations, and otherwise tax-exempt groups that work to promote the good health of residents in Clinton County are eligible to apply.

HealthFirst for Clinton County will accept letters of intent until Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. The grant platform where the letter of intent will be available can be found on either the HealthFirst for Clinton County or Clinton County Foundation websites. Organizations chosen to proceed to the application round will be notified in early November and final grant applications will be due by Monday, Nov.23, 2020.

It is important to note that only submissions through the online grant platform will be considered. The same grant platform is also used by the Clinton County Foundation for both the Lucas Fund and LEGACY Fund for their grant cycles.

During HealthFirst’s most recent grant cycle, the organization awarded over $25,000 to four community organizations working on local health-related projects. These projects focus on many different public health issues including exercise and physical well-being, exercise, and mental health.

HealthFirst also recently held a COVID-19 grant cycle to help assist local organizations during the pandemic.

HealthFirst for Clinton County is a visionary organization and welcomes and funds innovative ideas, such as care delivery methods and services, or reimagined outreach methods for at-risk communities.

Patient care support is often necessary in promoting the good health of community members, and HealthFirst supports medication assistance, free health and wellness screenings, vaccination initiatives, and other similar programs.

Since December 2010, HealthFirst has awarded more than $1 million dollars to numerous community organizations. HealthFirst also operates the Patient Medication Assistance Program (PMAP) in a collaboration with the Clinton County Commissioners and the Clinton County Health District. PMAP helps area residents apply for free and/or reduced cost medications from major drug-makers.

For more information about HealthFirst for Clinton County or to locate the grant platform go to For questions regarding the application process, please contact Dr. Michael Newman at 937-383-2216.

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