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AdventHealth to award $1.2 million to Central Florida nonprofits addressing mental health

ORLANDO, Fla., AdventHealth is offering $1.2 million in grants to local nonprofits for projects that are addressing Central Florida’s mental and behavioral health challenges. These Community Health Improvement Grants aim to improve access to resources and enhance community wellness.

Mental health was selected as the priority for the 2024 funding cycle based on community health issues addressed in the 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment and 2023-2025 Community Health Plan.

Key dates for applicants:

  • July 10-24: Letter of intent submissions accepted.
  • August: Qualified organizations notified to submit full proposals.
  • November: Finalists notified.
  • January 2024: Grantee orientation, grant signing, and disbursements.

“AdventHealth is committed to whole-person and whole-community health, and as a not-for-profit health system, our priority is investing back into the community to ensure Central Floridians thrive – body, mind and spirit,” said Andrew Mwavua, executive director of community advocacy. “We are grateful to the many organizations working to improve the mental health of Central Florida and we look forward to providing a helping hand.”

mobile unit

The New Image Youth Center (NIYC), an after-school and summer program working to create a safe space for children to learn and grow, serves as an example of the positive impact these grants can have. With support from AdventHealth, NIYC was able to launch a mobile unit, expanding their mental health services across Orange County.

“More access to mental health resources across Central Florida is crucial, which is why we are thrilled to have this mobile unit and expand our reach,” said Dr. Shanta Barton-Stubbs, executive director of NIYC and a licensed therapist specializing in play therapy. “As a current grant recipient, we are grateful to have AdventHealth’s support as we champion kids in need.”

Due to the increase in kids facing mental illness amid a shortage of resources, AdventHealth has intensified its efforts in this area. Recently, AdventHealth for Children and Heart of Florida United Way came together to launch the “Be a Mindleader” campaign. This campaign aims to provide curated, expert information to children, parents, caregivers, coaches, mentors and teachers, facilitating life-changing conversations about mental health.

Nonprofit organizations serving Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties are eligible to apply for grants. Applications can be submitted here.