Current Grantees

Three grantees have been implementing resident-driven plans for community health improvement since 2008. They are:

Ibero-American Development Corporation, Project HOPE
In the Project HOPE neighborhood, a new resident-built playground, walking and biking trail, produce stand, and community garden are beginning to create a new context for health in Northeast Rochester. Residents both young and old are increasingly engaged in health-promoting activities in the public spaces they have worked so hard to transform. Here, abandoned houses are being demolished and block clubs are promoting neighborhood unity. Project HOPE has improved their neighborhood in collaboration with local churches, universities, agencies, and city government. Project HOPE was able to secure $184,500 in funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and $113,999 from other partners. The City of Rochester contributed $37,000 for the creation of Conkey Corner Playground.

S2AY Rural Health Network, Our Town Rocks
In rural Dundee, NY, a health improvement project is changing the physical, social, and economic environments. With leadership from a resident group called the “Champions,” Our Town Rocks is tackling health improvement from many angles. Efforts such as a micro-enterprise grant/loan program help small businesses to start or expand. Downtown Dundee, with newly planted flowering trees and freshened facades on historic buildings, lures tourists to stop and visit. Healthy food is now readily available throughout town, and more residents are getting active on walking trails, in physical activity programs, or at the school wellness facility. New transportation routes to neighboring towns and the recent addition of a dental clinic in Dundee make accessing needed services a bit easier. Our Town Rocks was able to leverage Health Foundation funds to secure $20,000 from local sources to create a playground at a local housing complex.

In 2013 we awarded three new Neighborhood Health Status Improvement grants. Over the upcoming year, these grantees and their partners will launch their health improvement projects as they engage neighborhood residents, complete an asset-based assessment of their community, and carry out small-scale projects in their neighborhoods. These groups will receive support from the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University.

At the close of 2013, three new grantees began phase one of the Neighborhood Health Status Improvement Initiative. They are:

S2AY Rural Health Network, Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions (STEPS)
This project will take place in southern Seneca County, including the towns of Covert, Lodi, Ovid, and Romulus.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County, Galen-Savannah Neighborhood Health Improvement Project
The Wayne County towns of Galen and Savannah, including the Village of Clyde and hamlet of Savannah, are the sites for this initiative.

Former Grantees

Anthony L. Jordan Health Center, Bridges to Wellness
Residents of the Bridges to Wellness neighborhood are working to create a fresh image for their Northeast Rochester neighborhood as a beautiful and welcoming place to live. They are making public spaces more appealing with gardens, murals, and other public art. Newly designated walking routes and walking clubs promote engagement in physical activity, while a farm stand makes it easier to purchase healthy food. Collaborations with the Gantt Community Center and other organizations support the Bridges to Wellness youth development focus, and they were able to leverage Health Foundation funds to secure an additional $50,000 from the Rochester Children’s Zone.

Charles Settlement House and Charles Neighbors in Action developed Coaching, Organization and Accessing Community Health (COACH) to improve neighborhood health and safety and provide positive and healthy work/life opportunities for youth and adults.

Pathstone Corporation, Resident Initiative for Sustainable Engagement (RISE)
RISE will take place in the Marketview Heights.