April 19, 2022 – The North Shore Health Care Foundation (NSHCF) has $30,000 to be awarded to community organizations and programs that contribute to equitable health care and healthy living in Cook County this year, through its semi-annual grant program. Applications are due by 4 pm, May 1 for the first round of funding this year, and by Oct. 1 for the second round of grant funding. The Foundation works to address gaps in health care and community health-related needs in Cook County.
“We are thrilled to be able to award this funding to deserving initiatives and programs that help champion solutions for a healthier Cook County,” said Valerie Marasco Eliasen, Executive Director. “We know there is a lot of good work happening locally, but much more to be done to achieve our vision of a healthy community for all in Cook County, so we look forward to reviewing the grant applications. We believe in the possibilities of people, organizations, businesses, and governments working together to create a healthy community.”
In addition to the funds awarded to successful grant round applicants, the NSHCF will also issue a total of $30,000 in annual $10,000 block grants to key partners who contribute to the delivery of our core mission. These include, Care Partners of Cook County for delivery of seniors’ services locally, Cook County Emergency Services as a collective for delivery of emergency response, and Cook County Higher Education for health education.
“Our primary contributions for creating a healthy Cook County lie in our ability to provide and leverage funding, collaborating with local health partners to address critical health issues facing the community, and by advocating with others to help us achieve a healthy community,” said Marasco Eliasen. “Where gaps exist, the Health Care Foundation also develops and incubates programs to address critical needs. We’ve seen success as an incubator with programs such as Care Partners of Cook County and the Oral Health Task Force. We are now incubating the Cook County MN Restorative Justice program until it can become its own nonprofit.”
The North Shore Health Care Foundation has awarded nearly $1.2 million in grant funds since 1995.
Grant applications and eligibility criteria are available at www.NorthShoreHealthCareFoundation.org
Contact: Valerie Marasco Eliasen, Executive Director – North Shore Health Care Foundation, 218-387-5700