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AmeriCares offering Sandy health grants

Group seeks proposals from nonprofits

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Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 10:30 am

Attention healthcare nonprofits: AmeriCares, the nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization, is seeking grant proposals from nonprofit organizations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for services related to the health needs of Hurricane Sandy survivors.

Grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 will be awarded for projects improving health and access to care in storm-damaged communities.

Funding is available for nonprofits offering medical and dental services, mental health services, mold removal, disaster case management and replacement of medical equipment that was destroyed by the storm.

Repairs to medical facilities, dental clinics, nursing homes, group homes for the elderly or disabled and counseling/treatment centers are covered. However, only repairs that were not covered by insurance will be eligible for funding.

Priority will be given to proposals benefitting low-income residents, the uninsured, the disabled, the elderly and children.

Proposals must be submitted by July 15, and projects must be completed within 12 months. Applications from individuals will not be considered.

The funding would come from AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Program, which was established to focus on restoring access to medical care and mental health services in storm-damaged communities.

The program provides donated medicines and relief supplies, as well as cash grants to nonprofit organizations assisting the recovery efforts.

Since the storm last October, the organization has provided $6 million in aid that AmeriCares says has helped more than 450,000 Sandy victims in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

For more information on the program, go to americares.org/HurricaneGrant or contact AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Project Manager Lindsay O’Brien at lobrien@americares.org or (203) 658-9670.

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