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ST. LOUIS – Three nonprofits in south central Missouri received grants totaling $179,151 from the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH). Funding supports nonprofit organizations that work to improve health of thousands of Missourians.
The local grants are part of a $7 million round of funding approved by MFH’s board.
Two of the grants come through MFH’s Basic Support program. Basic Support funds operational expenses for health-related nonprofits’ existing salaries, benefits, equipment and supplies.
Two-year grants were awarded to:
Ozarks Family YMCA, Mountain Grove, $100,000. Funding helps the organization provide nutrition and fitness programs to people in southern and southwest Missouri.
Pregnancy Resource Center of Mountain Grove, Mountain Grove, $18,300. With funding the group can continue to provide free pregnancy counseling, education and prenatal care for women in south central Missouri.
MFH’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Initiative (TPCI) is a multi-year effort to reduce tobacco use in the state through a variety of funding strategies.
MFH awarded a grant to:
Ozark County Health Department, Gainesville, $60,851. Funds help the southern Missouri health department establish tobacco-free initiatives in two local school districts.
Established in 2000, MFH is the largest nongovernmental funder of community health activities in Missouri. MFH is in its eighth year of grantmaking, having issued more than $410 million in grants and awards to date. It is dedicated to improving the health of unserved and underserved residents in 84 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.