Hospital opens grant program

Nicki Stevens, left, stands with last year’s grant recipients Kevin Hesser, Katie Lackler, Cheree Munoz and Bob Diehl, president of Mark Twain Medical Center. Last year’s grant worth over $32,000 was awarded to Cheree Munoz of Dream Mountain Christian Camp in Murphys. It partnered with Kevin Hesser of the nonprofit organization Gardens to Grow In, and Katie Lackler of the Calaveras County Youth Mentoring program.

Mark Twain Medical Center, through its affiliation with Dignity Health, has announced the opening of the 2018 Dignity Health Community Grants Program.

Each grant program candidate must submit a letter of intent by the June 29 deadline in order to be considered. Applicants must be 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations or have fiscal agents that are 501(c) (3) organizations and capable of administering the funds; the project or program must be a response to the health priorities identified in the MTMC Community Health Assessment and Community Benefit plan.

The Dignity Health Community Grants Program is designed to support nonprofits that collaborate to address community health needs, particularly those that focus on underserved populations. Therefore, the projects to be funded must involve collaboration with three other local organizations and be linked to Mark Twain Medical Center.

The hospital’s executive leadership team will evaluate the programs to determine which best address the unmet health needs as revealed in Mark Twain Medical Center Community Needs Assessment. The program will award $30,682 in January of 2019.

For more information or to apply, visit marktwainmedicalcenter.org and click on the “About Us” tab and follow the link to “Community Grants.” Letters of intent are due to the area representative, Nicki Stevens, by Friday, June 29.

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