Breaking News: $20,000 Visionary Grant awarded to Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic
September 26, 2017
Fredericksburg, VA – The Community Foundation awarded another surprise $20,000 grant today. To celebrate its’ 20th Anniversary, the foundation promised to give a $20,000 grant to the local health or human services nonprofit with the best plan in place to change our community for the better.
To make today’s grant, the foundation set out to invest in the strategy most likely to influence long-term health, wellness, safety and/or quality of life advancement. They invited nonprofits to submit visionary ideas ranging from projects that will promote food security or ensure access to basic needs such as clothing or housing, improve physical, mental or behavioral health, increase individual safety or family stability, advance quality of life programs for older adults, or offer substance abuse prevention and treatment.
After screening, interviewing and visiting 12 excellent proposals, the foundation’s Board of Governors voted unanimously to award their third Visionary Grant to Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic to support a Medical Legal Partnership with Legal Aid Works. This program will help ensure that low-income people do not face unfair or illegal barriers that effect their health.
The Community Foundation envisions a community where all citizens are safe and healthy in mind and body.
Imagine a low-income family who discovers their daughter has asthma. Their medical professional advises that she needs a hypoallergenic living environment, but their apartment has a serious mold problem and the property owner refuses to address it or terminate their lease. A legal advocate like the ones proposed by the Medical Legal Partnership project can advise the family of fair housing laws and allow them to follow their doctor’s orders.
In one recent study 95 percent of a hospital's highest-need, highest-cost patients had two to three unmet civil legal needs, and that addressing those needs not only reduced hospital admissions, but also reduced health care costs by 45 percent.
Medical-Legal Partnership is an essential tool to make interventions on behalf of people in poverty more effective. This 20th Anniversary Visionary Grant supports Phase One of this effort – gathering local data and informing and educating both attorneys and doctors on best collaborative practices beyond simple referrals. The grant establishes a part-time social worker (16 hours/week) embedded at Lloyd F. Moss Clinic to develop the infrastructure for the Medical-Legal Partnership between the clinic and Legal Aid Works.
Special thanks to Lifecare Medical Transports for providing your ambulance for our grand entrance to deliver this surprise grant award!
The Community Foundation decided to offer a special Visionary Grant cycle in 2017 – distributing a total of $80,000 – in honor of its 20th anniversary advancing local philanthropy,
In November, The Community Foundation will announce the winner of its fourth and final $20,000 Visionary Grant for the arts. Area nonprofits may apply for an Arts Visionary Grant now. The submission deadline is October 3rd.
A March 2017 Visionary Grant of $20,000 to Friends of the Rappahannock for a River Report Card on water quality is helping to create an essential tool for building a regional culture of clean water.
In June, Germanna Community College won a $20,000 Education Visionary Grant for their “meta majors” initiative, which accelerates students’ progress to reach meaningful certificate and degree goals, and ultimately the jobs of their choice.
“We have a front row seat to some of the most generous citizens and impactful nonprofits in our region,” said Teri McNally, Executive Director of The Community Foundation. “These 20th Anniversary Visionary Grants are a great way to show everyone how our foundation can accelerate local nonprofits' biggest dreams for a thriving community.”
The Community Foundation is producing a video showing the big reveal to Lloyd F. Moss Clinic and Legal Aid Works. Look for it at www.cfrrr.org or on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CommunityFoundationRRR.
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