Twice a year BHC awards up to $1,000 to grass-roots and individuals who present projects and events that will improve community involvement, encourage healthy youth leadership or offer opportunities for participants to gain skills and promote a healthier, safer and more vibrant community.
Building Healthy Communities would like to give a warm welcome to our BHC Community Grantees for summer cycle 2015.
Musician Cheryl Locket (center) and her cousin Brian, accompanied by Sheena Truong (Right) BHC’s Grant Committee member, receives her certificate of appreciation and BHC grant that will a 4 week Health Music Workshop project for privileged youth in South Merced.
Community grant are about providing investments in residents and young people that are driven to make a difference in their community, said Hub Manager, Tatiana Vizcaino-Stewart. “These grants are about supporting grass-level change–providing support to community-projects that will have a direct impact in our neighborhoods.”
One of this cycle’s award recipients was the Summer U-TH Program at Golden Valley Health Centers. Diana Tsang of GHVC who is spearheading the project, says the program will provide youth from Tenaya Middle School between the ages of 11-13 a free summer program with the purpose of strengthening social and leadership skills through various activities and lessons. The $1,000 in funding will cover the cost for supplies and lunches for the eight-week program.
Connie Faris (left) stands beside United Way Merced County CEO, Carol Bowman. Connie was awarded a grant for her Community Mural Project in Beachwood-Franklin that will help beautify her neighborhood.
Another $1,000 grant was awarded to the Mariposa Art Company to go towards their project coined Make Art That Feeds that will bring free screen-printing workshops to youth between 12-19 in Merced County. The goal of the workshops is to provide a means to sway young people away gang-violence through art.
“We look to target such a age group due to the high gang participation of our youth,” says Patricia Pratt owner of the Mariposa Art Company. “We hope the project will be an opportunity to intervene and redirect youth into a positive hobby.”
Maria Vega (center), active member of Merced Organizing Project received a grant for her summer youth program that will provide kids of migrant workers a safe place to learn and play during long summer nights.
Among the other grantees, the Youth Ministry of Antioch Missionary Baptist will host a Fall Harvest Carnival in Halloween; Meadow-brook Water Co will provide a community mural painting to Beachwood-Franklin residents: and local musician Cheryl Locket will host a series of no cost Healthy Music Workshops in South Merced.
You can learn more about the amazing programs and projects by staying up-to-date on the BHC Merced site. For more information about BHC Community Grants visit the BHC Community Grants page.