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Salem Health awards Community Investment Grants for 2021-2022 fiscal year

Salem Health awarded 15 organizations in Marion and Polk counties Community Investment Grant funds for the 2021-22 fiscal year to strengthen the health of our communities. Salem Health’s grant funding priorities align with those priorities outlined in the Marion-Polk Community Health Improvement Plan and Community Needs Assessment.

“Salem Health invests in community partners committed to achieving health for vulnerable populations in our area,” said Leilani Slama, chief communications and community relations officer, Salem Health. “We are pleased to offer grant funds which provide vital resources for those in need in our community.”

For funding years 2020-23, Salem Health’s grant resources invest in projects that meet needs related to behavioral health, substance abuse prevention and social determinants of health. Grant awards are for one year of funding, up to $30,000 per grant.

Salem Health’s Community Investment Grants for fiscal year 2021-22, aimed at responding to community-identified needs and supporting initiatives that improve the health of the citizens of Marion and Polk counties, include:

  • Boys & Girls Club, Marion and Polk counties, $30,000 for dental and primary care support
  • CASA of Polk County, $26,000 to recruit, train and retain court appointed special advocates (CASAs) for 147 cases
  • Catholic Community Services, Woodburn, $30,000 for health access to reduce adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Church at the Park, Marion County, $30,000 for housing the houseless population
  • Family Building Blocks, Marion and Polk counties, $30,000 for mental health services
  • Habitat for Humanity, Salem, $30,000 for enabling home ownership
  • Integrated Support for Living, Salem and Silverton, $30,000 for behavioral health support services
  • Liberty House, Marion and Polk counties, $30,000 for mental health services
  • Love INC, Marion and Polk counties, $30,000 for health access and social services
  • Marion Polk Food Share’s Youth Farm, Marion and Polk counties, $30,000 for its Farm Share Rx (FSRx) program to focus on food security, food equity and health equity
  • St. Francis Shelter, Marion and Polk counties, $30,000 for family transitional housing savings program
  • Union Gospel Mission, Marion and Polk counties, $30,000 for mental health support services
  • United Way, Marion County, $30,000 for SafeSleep women’s shelter
  • Willamette Education Service District (WESD), Salem, non-monetary partnership with Salem Health that provides a nursing collaboration for technical education training for high school students
  • De Muniz Resource Center, Marion County, non-monetary partnership with Salem Health that provides Community Health Education Center (CHEC) collaboration for health and wellness for inmates as they exit incarceration and integrate back into our community

In addition to these new grants, Salem Health has renewed its grants to Mano a Mano Family Center and HOME Youth Services for the 2021-22 fiscal year, and has recently awarded the Marion County Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program a $30,000 Community Investment Grant to support the work of LEAD in the community.

Community investment grants guidelines

Program goals

The goal of the Community Investment Grants is to strengthen the health of our communities. Salem Health responds to evolving community-identified needs and we are interested in seeing and supporting initiatives that improve health of the citizens in Marion and Polk counties.  To be eligible to apply, your organization must be a 501c3 not-for-profit.   

Guiding principles

  • We give high priority to investments that create positive, substantive change and attempt to resolve problems at their source.
  • We recognize and respect Marion and Polk counties diverse regions and populations, and seek to advance equity, diversity and inclusion through our programs.
  • We believe that creative and sustainable solutions come from engaged community partnerships united toward a common goal.

Nondiscrimination policy

Salem Health does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ability/disability, age, status as a veteran, national origin, or any other protected class. Applicants for Community Grants must hold similar standards in the delivery of services. 

Funding priorities

Salem Health’s funding priorities align with the Marion-Polk Community Health Improvement Plan and Community Needs Assessment.  The following areas are the 2020–2023 priorities that Salem Health will seek invest grant resources to enhance our community’s overall health.

Behavioral health

2017 ranked Oregon the 10th highest in the country for death related to drug overdoses, alcohol, and suicide. Salem Health seeks to improve systems that support behavioral health and well-being specifically aligned with adolescent suicide ideation and prevention services.

Substance abuse

Substance use and abuse, including alcohol, tobacco and other drugs remain the primary sources(s) of preventable death in the community. Salem Health seeks to reduce the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs through programs that reduce youth access, expand youth prevention strategies, and elevate intervention supports for all citizens.   

Social determinants of health

Defined by the World Health Origination, social determinants of health are the circumstances in which people are born, grow up, live, work, age, and the systems put in place to deal with illness. Salem Health seeks support programs working with individuals and families to improve housing and increase access to health care.

Activities typically not eligible for funding:

  • Annual fund appeals and contributions to endowments
  • Capital campaigns
  • Projects in individual schools
  • Grant to subsidize participation/scholarships
  • Purchases or activities that occur prior to grant decisions
  • Deficit funding
  • Replacement of government funding
  • Lobbying influence
  • Religious activities

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