Community Impact Grant Program

Throughout our nation we are faced with many uncertainties and health inequities. As a result of COVID-19, health outcomes for people living in vulnerable communities, and already disproportionately impacted by social determinants of health (SDOH), are now at an even greater health risk. SDOH are the economic and social conditions that influence individual and group differences in health status. Length of life and quality of life are the primary drivers of health outcomes. Medline is committed to social determinants of health and through the Community Impact Grant Program we can promote good health for all people.

Medline is investing resources to help non-profit organizations address prevalent health challenges, stimulate health equity and improve population health in under resourced areas. Now more than ever, the well-being of our communities is the top priority.

Medline will award results-focused grants that offer community- centered solutions and immediate impact. Through collaboration with community experts, we can provide essential resources, re-direct adverse outcomes and improve the well-being of people, patients and the community at large.

The goal of the Community Impact Grant Program is to award results focused grants addressing social determinants of health in vulnerable communities. Medline and the Medline Foundation will provide up to $250,000 in grants to non-profit organizations. Individual grants are capped at $25,000. The grant cycle will begin in Q2 of the current calendar year. For more information, click.

Here is a look at past Community Impact Grant recipients

1. Grant Recipient: Center for Enriched Living, IL

What is the problem: Due to the COVID-19 virus, the lack of social outlets for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities is detrimental to their well-being on every level. While many of us understand the need for social distancing and isolating at this time, we thankfully have other outlets that are not available to many of the members that rely on the Center for Enriched Living for socialization.

How will the grant address the problem: Center for Enriched Living will use funds to enhance its virtual programming for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they can socialize in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What are the expected outcomes: By offering virtual programming, CEL members will experience less social isolation and loneliness by connecting an often-marginalized segment of the population with friends and community. CEL’s programs are about choice and giving people with IDD the freedom to choose the programs that will most enhance their lives. Staff will observe and evaluate CEL member experience and increased socialization with the virtual program and provide feedback.

2. Grant Recipient: Common Pantry, IL

What is the problem: As a result of the pandemic, existing clients have experienced increased food insecurity and there has been a significant increase in the number of community members new to the pantry as a result of job loss or a reduction in wages. Common Panty has seen, on average, a 200 percent increase in pantry visits. Additionally, the public is facing a significant increase in the price of groceries. With additional support, Common Pantry can address the increasing needs of our community.

How will the grant address the problem: Common Pantry will use funds to provide grocery gift cards and disposable medical masks to families with remote learners impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

What are the expected outcomes: The focus of this new program is rapid response. Comomn Pantry will be able to meet the need swiftly and without adding additional in-person contact with clients. Success will be based on card and mask distribution efficacy, numbers of individuals and families served, and time-frames for distribution.

3. Grant Recipient: Cradles To Crayons, Chicago, IL

What is the problem: Babies lack a fully developed immune system and have weak cough reflexes and chest muscles; as such, they are more likely to fall ill, and proper hygiene is an important way to reduce the risk of infection. For families experiencing poverty, supplemental programs like WIC, a federal assistance program for women, infants and children, are crucial to ensuring children have the items necessary to stay safe and healthy, but it can take several weeks for enrollment to be approved once a baby is born.

How will the grant address the problem: Cradles to Crayons will use funds to deliver hygiene starter kits to low-income families with newborn babies in those first few weeks of hygiene necessities to carry a family until other benefits become available.

What are the expected outcomes: Cradles to Crayons expects to provide approximately 150 Starter Hygiene Kits to families with newborns each month for a year, approximately 1,800 kits.

4. Grant Recipient: ElderCARE Lake County, IL

What is the problem: Lack of transportation limits access to health care and is complicated by advanced age, limited mobility, and limited financial resources, which all affect the target population ElderCARE serves. It is well known that one of the most significant challenges to living in Lake County, particularly for those in low-income households, is transportation.

How will the grant address the problem: ElderCARE Lake County will give older adults free transportation to and from their medical appointments so they can live as healthy and independently as possibly.

What are the expected outcomes: Safe reliable transportation, assistance with grocery shopping and frequent phone check-ins will enable aging adults living in their own homes, maintain regular ongoing relationship with their medical providers, and mitigate social isolation during the pandemic. Historically, approximately 95% of ElderCARE clients report a successful experience.

5. Grant Recipient: A Safe Place, IL

What is the problem: Victims of domestic violence and/or human trafficking, whose lives are in danger, require essential services to be able to rebuild their lives, overcome the trauma they have experienced and break the cycle of domestic violence.

How will the grant address the problem: A Safe Place will offer a continuum of services and will use funds to help victims of domestic violence gain access to housing, court advocacy and counseling services so they can rebuild their lives.

What are the expected outcomes: A Safe Place will measure the success of this existing program through completed client surveys which measure the effectiveness of counseling and advocacy aimed to provide the emotional support, resources, and education that are crucial for taking the first steps in leaving an abusive relationship. Historically, about 90% of clients complete the surveys each year.

6. Grant Recipient: Curt’s Cafe, IL

What is the problem: Highly at-risk young adults face complex trauma, food insecurity, homelessness, dropping out of school, high judicial contact, incarceration, emotional, physical and sexual abuse and low self esteem. When Covid forced Curt’s Café to close its doors it was imperative to find a way to reach their student population so they were not forced, or felt it necessary, to go back into the street to find money for food, clothing and basic personal hygiene needs. Keeping students out of street protests, gang houses, homeless dwellings and places that exposure to covid is very high was imperative.

How will the grant address the problem: Curt’s Cafe will use funds to continue teaching life and job skills to highly at-risk young men and women so they can find a new path in life, and provide food boxes to over 1,000 people per week, provide meals for homebound and covid positive clients, and to begin the process of enhancing services to their clients.

What are the expected outcomes: The grant will help provide services to approximately 25 students during the grant cycles.

7. Grant Recipient: Northern Illinois Food Bank, IL

What is the problem: Patients, identified as food-insecure, with health issues and/or at risk of chronic diseases, need access to nutritious food to help them heal properly, manage disease, and develop a healthy diet in order to reduce their health risks. Sometimes, patients are unaware of the important role nutrition plays in their short and long-term health goals, or are uninformed about available local resources, and even those who do visit food pantries may not get enough to meet their needs.

How will the grant address the problem: Northern Illinois Food Bank will use funds to support their Rx Mobile Pantry program to address food insecurity as a social determinant of health and to ensure that our most vulnerable neighbors have access to a variety of nutritious foods that are vital to individual, household and community health.

What are the expected outcomes: The Northern Illinois Food Bank expects to deliver 14 Rx Mobile distributions that will provide increased access to nutritious food for food-insecure chronic disease patients and at-risk individuals and their households.

8. Grant Recipient: CASA Lake County Inc, IL

What is the problem: With nearly 600 abused and/or neglected children in Lake County protective care, it is crucal to have a well-trained Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) by the child’s side until a safe, permanent home can be found. In 2020, following the shelter in place order and as children returend to school, daycare and preschool, CASA was concerned about the number of children in need of protective services.

How will the grant address the problem: CASA Lake County will use funds to recruit and train new Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers to address the unprecedented rise in the number of abused and neglected children entering the welfare system in Lake County, Ill.

What are the expected outcomes: Recruit, train, and support 75 new CASAs, assigning each volunteer to an advocate manager and a case within one month of completing their training and court swearing in.

9. Grant Recipient: Feeding GA Families, GA

What is the problem: In times of crisis, low income families, homeless, seniors, medically at-risk populations, and people with health or dietary food restrictions in need of food will increase dramatically. Combating food insecurity requires collaboration among farmers, food banks, grocery stores, small businesses, and volunteers.

How will the grant address the problem: Feeding GA Families will use funds to support Operation E.F.F.O.R.T., a program that supports a drive-thru food pantry, door-to-door food delivery, emergency food box shipments and children/senior housing meals.

What are the expected outcomes: Serve 100,000 individuals plus an additional 40,000 people during the COVID-19 crisis. Analysis will include total client counts, program client counts, and end of year client surveys. Growth is measured by continuation of service, maintenance or increase in service numbers, and number of new and renewed donor funding.

10. Grant Recipient: Communities in Schools of Douglas County and Partners in Education, GA

What is the problem: Mental health, child abuse, and childhood trauma statistics are increasing as a result of the isolation many of the children face being home for six or more consecutive months. Some children are being left home alone, due to parents needing to work, schools being closed and child care centers running with less space.

How will the grant address the problem: Provide children and youth with their own small COVID-19 kit to help them feel comfortable and safe during their at home learning experience or when they transition back to school and help ease the financial burdens.

What are the expected outcomes: This idea is newly created by the partnership between CIS and PIE as a result of COVID-19. The success of our program is based on the number of kits distributed and communication with counselors on anecdotal feedback from parents on if the supplies were helpful.

11. Grant Recipient: Gildas Club of South Florida, Inc., FL

What is the problem: It was the late Gilda Radner’s dream to develop a community where anyone with cancer would receive the kind of support she had found while living with the disease. Sadly, low to moderate income, uninsured and under-insured women of color (African American, Haitian, Caribbean Islander, Hispanic, and other) have limited access to breast health education and resources.

How will the grant address the problem: Gilda’s Club South Florida will use funds to expand Women of Color: Strengthened by Action, an initiative to raise awareness around breast health and encourage follow-up action among women of color.

What are the expected outcomes: Gilda’s Club South Florida will conduct six (6) Women of Color breast cancer education workshops reaching a minimum of 180 women of color.

12. Grant Recipient: Rutgers University Foundation, NJ

What is the problem: Camden, NJ is an underserved, at-risk community with poor health outcomes, significant socioeconomic barriers, and lacking a healthful built environment. Despite having three Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), as well as two large health systems, many residents do not use these services for their health care for a variety of reasons: lack of childcare, transportation, and delayed waiting times at the FQHCs making access to traditional healthcare difficult, resulting in poorer health. Improving access to care is critical for the targeted population.

How will the grant address the problem: Rutgers University Camden School of Nursing will use funds to support educational health sessions on breast cancer awareness, physical activity and nutrition within low-income communities.

What are the expected outcomes: The success of this program will be determined by the number of women attending the educational, physical activity and nutritional sessions (attendance records); an increase in the number of women who schedule and keep their mammogram appointment; and feedback surveys from women on the effectiveness of the program.

13. Grant Recipient: Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington, OR

What is the problem: Oregon and Washington are among the states with the highest incidence of breast cancer in the nation. There is significant breast cancer disparity that exists in late stage diagnosis and mortality rates among African American women in the area – cancer diagnosis rate is 42% for African Americans and 27% for all races.

How will the grant address the problem: Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington will use funds to collect key healthcare data among African American communities to help reduce deaths associated with a breast cancer diagnosis.

What are the expected outcomes: Decrease the late-stage diagnosis rate and decrease the mortality rate for African American women in the Vancouver/Portland Metro area. There will be other determinants of success, but those above are the most critical to extending and improving the health and length of life African American women.

NOTE: Eligible organizations must be non-profit and provide 501(C)3 documentation and documentation of current tax-exempt status under the IRS code, including an IRS letter of determination; must be based in the United States and its territories. Healthcare providers, or any organization that provides medical treatment, care and service to patients, are not eligible. Applications must be completed in full and submitted on a designated portal during the application cycle. Applications submitted outside of the application cycle will not be considered. Submitting an online application does not guarantee funding.