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  • Space Coast Health Foundation Awards Grants to Enhance Health in Brevard

    The Space Coast Health Foundation enhanced health and wellness in Brevard County by distributing grants totaling $2,255,386 during fiscal year 2015-2016. These collaborative grants focused on key health needs such as access to health care, oral health and behavioral health.  The grant total includes a $1 million multi-year grant in partnership with Health First to Brevard Health Alliance for expanding access to care for individuals who do not have health insurance or have limited resources for health care.  The foundation refers to large grant awards and multi-year grants as Venture Grants. Other notable examples of Venture Grants this year were the Dental Day event at Eastern Florida State College. In May of 2016, 125 adult patients with no dental insurance were treated free of charge.  Brevard County Fire Rescue was also awarded a Venture Grant to implement a Community Health Resource Program. The program included the hiring of a health professional to assist community residents with non-emergent medical needs.

    In addition to the Venture Grants, the foundation also awards Pickett Responsive Grants. These responsive grants are between $2,000 and $20,000, and enhance the health and/or wellness of Brevard County residents through many organizations in our county who provide health services. The responsive grant process is named in honor of our first board chair, Fran Pickett, who played a significant role in the creation of the foundation.

    Organization Program or Project
    211 Brevard Help Me Grow Program & software updates
    AMIkids Space Coast, Inc. Health Services for Incarcerated Youth
    Brevard County Fire Rescue Community Health Resource Program Coordinator
    Brevard Health Alliance Project Access
    Brevard Health Alliance Denture Program
    Brevard Health Alliance Tenant Improvement for Port St. John clinic
    Brevard Health Alliance Port St. John clinic rent for 2.5 months
    Brevard Health Alliance Dental Clinic in Port St. John
    Brevard Homeless Coalition Case Management
    Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition Healthy Foods Feed Healthy Minds & Bodies Program
    Brevard Rescue Mission Casa Carol Program
    Central Florida Foundation Donation for the Pulse Nightclub tragedy victims and Families
    City of Rockledge AED’s for Rockledge Police
    Community Treatment Center Adult Substance Abuse Treatment
    Daily Bread, Inc. Emergency Medical Program
    Dental Day Event Dental Day Venture Grant
    Dept. of Health – Dental Clinic Administrative Assistant
    National Kidney Foundation of Florida Loyalty Grant match
    Professional Research Consultants Community Health Needs Assessment Report
    Promise, Inc. Promise Health & Wellness Initiative
    Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida Campaign to build Orlando’s Third Ronald McDonald House
    South Brevard Women’s Center Counseling Program
    Space Coast Early Intervention Center Behavioral Analysis Therapist
    STEPS, Inc. STEPS Day Treatment Program
    The Children’s Hunger Project Children’s Hunger Project Program
    The Salvation Army Domestic Violence Program
    The South Brevard Sharing Center Health Hygiene & Prescription Program
    United Way of Brevard Health Insurance Literacy Program
    United Way of Brevard Matching Loyalty Grants


    The Space Coast Health Foundation is a grant making organization benefiting the residents of Brevard County through collaborative projects to meet the healthcare needs of our community. The funds for the foundation came from the sale of Wuesthoff Health System in October 2010. The specific community health care needs chosen for funding are determined through focus groups, one-on-one interviews with community representatives and quantitative research.