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April 15, 2015

Grants: CVS Foundation Gives $2.1 Million for Health Clinics

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A roundup of notable new grants compiled by the Chronicle:


The CVS Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the CVS Health Corporation, announced 55 grant recipients for a total of $2.1 million as part of the foundation’s $5-million commitment to increase health-care access nationwide. The grantees include free clinics and community health centers.


Atlantic Philanthropies will give $14.8-million over five years to Community Catalyst, a nonprofit consumer-advocacy organization. The grant will create the Center for Consumer and Community Engagement, which will promote consumer education about changes in the health system and support the work of organizations that advocate for the most vulnerable populations. Among other things, the grant will support research, state and federal-level advocacy, and leadership development in the health care community.

"Improving health-care access and quality and reducing cost are critical to addressing social and economic disparities in the U.S.," Christopher Oechsli, chief executive of Atlantic Philanthropies said in a statement.

The center is slated to launch in the fall.


The Cleveland Foundation has announced $14.7-million in grants for various Cleveland-area health and education programs.

About $1.3-million goes to the nonprofit Idea­stream for a project focused on the impact of socioeconomic and environmental factors on overall health; $2-million goes toward NewBridge, an arts and career-training program that the foundation helped launch five years ago.

A $600,000 grant supports the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s new planned Wildlife Center and public garden, which have already received $150,000 from the foundation.


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the College of William and Mary a $2.6-million grant to establish the W. Taylor Reveley III Interdisciplinary Faculty Fellows. The grant will create an endowed fellowship program for faculty who develop and teach courses and pursue research that crosses academic disciplines. The Foundation also gave $2-million to Yale University’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage for research to advance the field of conservation science.


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