Superior Health Foundation Awards Nearly $375,000 in Grants

The Superior Health Foundation in Marquette awarded nearly $375,000 in health-centered grant funding at its Fall Grants Awards Celebration on October 25, 2017.

The Superior Health Foundation gave out $27,147.06 in mini-grants, $64,012.00 in large grants and $283,305.10 in funding to address substance use issues in the Upper Peninsula. All told, $374,464.16 was dispersed to organizations across the region.

The substance use initiative is the Foundation’s fourth proactive grant project selected and voted on by its U.P.-wide Board of Directors. Since 2014, SHF has awarded $1,014,255.10 to proactive projects to address oral health for children, mental health wellness, pediatric obesity and substance use.

“There are so many needs in the Upper Peninsula. We’re incredibly blessed to be in position to help so many health-centered causes across the region,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “This year, our board of directors and team recognized the tremendous need to address substance use issues in the Upper Peninsula. They are paramount and frightening. The SHF grants committee reviewed a number of outstanding proposals to address substance use issues. We feel strongly we have chosen five projects that will ultimately reduce the incidence of drug use and/or provide treatment options in our communities.”

Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula received a grand in the amount of $47,500. This grant will enable the Re-Entry Recovery House, a faith-based program with a proven track record of success in working with men in drug recovery, to purchase the necessary equipment and furnishings it needs to operate in Escanaba.