Michigan Health Endowment Fund

Michigan-Health-Endowment-FundThe Lenawee Community Foundation has been awarded a grant of $124,865 from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to support initiatives aimed at improving the quality of health for youth and seniors in our community.  “We are excited to collaborate this year with community foundations on projects that seek to enhance the well-being of Michigan’s children and seniors in their local communities,” said Paul Hillegonds, executive director of Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

The Lenawee Community Foundation will re-grant funding to local nonprofits for programs addressing: access to healthy food; wellness and fitness programs; technology enhancements; access to mental health services; and health related transportation needs.

“We are pleased to partner with the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to improve the health of Lenawee County residents.  This grant will strengthen the Foundation work in partnership with local nonprofits to address basic health issues,” stated Suann Hammersmith, President & CEO of the Lenawee Community Foundation.

More than 30 community foundations across the state applied for funding through the Michigan Health Endowment Fund’s fall 2015 grant application process.  Lenawee grants will focus on access to healthy food; wellness and fitness programs; technology enhancements; access to mental health services; and health related transportation needs.

“The Michigan Health Endowment Fund board is proud to support a variety of very successful programs already positively impacting the health of Michigan’s children and seniors as a result of our first grant funding effort,” said Rob Fowler, board chairman. “We look forward to building additional relationships with Michigan’s community foundations and other non-profit organizations as they continue their focused work to improve the health of Michigan’s most vulnerable residents.”

The mission of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund is to improve the health of Michigan residents and reduce the cost of health care, with special emphasis on the health and wellness of children and seniors. The fund was created as part of 2013 state legislation that allowed Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to become a nonprofit mutual health insurer. Nearly $38 million in grants were awarded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund last year.

The Lenawee Community Foundation assists individuals, businesses, communities, and organizations in achieving their charitable goals for our community in the areas of health, civic projects, culture, education and human services.  To explore how your gift can last For good. For ever. contact Sue Hammersmith or call 517-423-1729.