Create Healthy Announces First Round of Grant Funding for Local Organizations Supporting Health and Wellness in the Hill Country

Published On: May 23rd, 2024Categories: Grants, Updates


The grants total more than $170,000 across four local programs and initiatives

Create Healthy, the Fredericksburg-based foundation investing in the health and wellness of the Hill Country, announced four local programs and initiatives as the first recipients of Create Healthy grants.

“From day one, our vision has been to identify impactful local initiatives supporting health and wellness in the Hill Country and make generational investments to augment that impact,” said Jayne Pope, CEO, Create Healthy. “Thanks to the dedicated work of our grant council, board of directors, and these local organizations, that vision is becoming a reality.”


Create Healthy Grant Recipients

The Good Samaritan Center: Mental health counseling program

$45,000 to support its bilingual counseling service.

The Good Samaritan Center: Lab and imaging services

$45,000 to support specialty care services for its patients.

Fredericksburg Independent School District: Healthy FISD Students Initiative

$55,000 to hire a licensed vocational nurse to cover all FISD campuses for the 2024-2025 school year.

Fredericksburg Independent School District Education Foundation: Stonewall Elementary

$26,616 to purchase new playground equipment for Stonewall Elementary students.


“We’re making the first of many investments in the meaningful work local organizations are doing to promote health and wellness in our communities,” said Laura Cook, chair of Create Healthy’s grant council. “Boosting initiatives and programs that align with our mission and our communities’ goals is one of the best ways to make significant impacts that support a healthier Hill Country.”

Each grant has performance metrics reportable to Create Healthy over the grant period to ensure effectiveness of grant funding.

Create Healthy grants are initially available for local organizations supporting four key areas of health and wellness: mental health, childcare and early childhood education, healthy living, and health education. Grant applications are reviewed and approved by Create Healthy’s grants council and volunteer board of directors. Applications from eligible nonprofit organizations are accepted year-round.

More information about the grants application process and funding criteria are available here.

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