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Additional $924K awarded to nonprofits in second round of funding by Horizon Foundation

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A second round of grants have been awarded to 21 nonprofit organizations by the Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, a philanthropic arm of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

The nonprofit organizations focused on health and cultural programs and include:

  • Arc of New Jersey in North Brunswick received a $25,000 grant to support its Healthy Lifestyles Project, which disseminates a healthy lifestyles curriculum for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The grant will also support preventative screenings and community-based exercise programs.
  • Community in Crisis in Liberty Corner received a $100,000 grant to support its Prevention and Recovery Initiatives to Address the Opioid Epidemic at the Local Level.  The grant will fund opioid prevention awareness and education and a community wellness center to include recovery supports in Somerset Hills.  It will also support statewide dissemination of the Rutgers’ Opioid Abuse Toolkit.
  • Curemonos in Mountainside received a $20,000 grant to support its Embracing Latinas in the Fight Against Breast Cancer program, which increases early detection of breast cancer in Latinas and African-American women. Uninsured women are provided with free clinical breast exams, pelvic exams and pap smears, as well as mammograms and additional testing when an abnormality is detected.
  • Essex County Parks Foundation in Newark received a $15,000 grant to support the Essex County Free Summer Music Concert Series, which offered over 20 free concerts in more than 15 parks within the Park System.
  • Food Bank of South Jersey in Pennsauken received a $25,000 grant to support the FBSJ Community Impact Program and the Eating Well and Diabetes educational classes. The classes provide information, nutritional guidance and cooking techniques in English and Spanish to individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes. In conjunction, Inspira Health Network nurses and dieticians will also deliver three health and nutrition demonstrations and counseling services.  
  • George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick received a $125,000 grant to support the touring musical Austin the Unstoppable and related programming for the 2017/2018 academic year. This informative, musical comedy tells the story of a young boy whose mother was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, and their journey to make healthier eating choices and have an active lifestyle.
  • Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition in West Orange received a $125,000 grant to support its Improving Patient Care initiative. This grant will support the coalition’s community outreach and engagement activities conducted by a certified, bi-lingual community health outreach associate. The grant will also fund a maternity improvement pilot initiative to promote best pre-natal practices, with a focus on reducing C-section rates.
  • Great Swamp Watershed Association in New Vernon received a $14,000 grant for its Healthy Nature Program, which will provide active outdoor educational sessions on nutrition and other wellness topics, as well as physical activity opportunities for school children in grades 3-12.
  • Henry J. Austin Health Center in Trenton received a $70,000 grant to support the Asthma Improves with Management Program to provide pediatric asthma patients and their families in the Trenton area with individualized educational and case management services by a certified asthma educator.
  • Jewish Family Service & Children's Center of Clifton-Passaic in Clifton received a $50,000 grant to support the Horizon Health Literacy Program, which provides case management services for low-income, minority families and senior citizens, as well as educational resources and assistance in navigating the health care system.
  • Mainstage Center for the Arts in Blackwood received a $15,000 general operating support grant to expand its programs, help underwrite arts education programs and present high-quality experiences in the arts for participants.
  • McCarter Theatre in Princeton received a $10,000 grant to support the McCarter Access to the Arts Program, which provides accessibility services for patrons who are visually or hearing impaired and patrons with mobility limitations. It also offers autism-friendly performances.
  • Newark Community Economic Development Corp. in Newark received a $25,000 grant to support the Newark Summer Youth Employment Program, which offers work experience, teaches employment skills and financial literary, and provides Newark youth with a summer income.
  • North Jersey Health Collaborative in Green Village, received a $150,000 grant to support its Community Health Worker Diabetes Intervention Pilot. This two-year grant will support a pilot program to test the degree to which a Community Health Worker improves outcomes for diabetic patients living in Morris County.
  • Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey in Millburn received a $15,000 grant to support the Fifth Grade Parent Alert, a brochure provided free-of-charge to all New Jersey fifth-grade classes for distribution to parents and caregivers. The brochure educates them about substance abuse and encourages them to communicate with their children about its dangers.
  • Passage Theatre Co. in Trenton received a $10,000 general operating support grant to fund productions, afterschool and summer programming, as well as a new adult education program.
  • Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown received a $20,000 general operating support grant to fund a free concert series, which will assist the center's efforts to eliminate financial barriers to the arts in South Jersey. Concerts will range in theme and will highlight the connection between teaching and performance.
  • St. Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark received a $40,000 grant to support fitness instruction and the purchase of equipment to further enhance the school's existing fitness, weight loss, nutrition education and athletic programs.
  • Two River Theatre Co. in Red Bank received a $15,000 grant to support the Latino Outreach project, which will provide increased opportunities for Latino artists and attract new audiences. The theater will produce plays by Latino writers; host free public events, readings and storytelling workshops; and make available free tickets to mainstage performances through community outreach.
  • UrbanPromise Ministries in Camden received a $40,000 grant to support its Eat Well, Move Well, Be Well program. The program prevents obesity among students by encouraging healthy eating, sustaining increased physical activity, providing healthy meals and providing access to healthy foods for local families.
  • Young Audiences of New Jersey in Princeton received a $15,000 grant to conduct its Trenton Adopt-a-School Initiative: Family Arts and Creativity Program in four Trenton elementary schools. This arts education program promotes child learning and strengthens families by bringing together young people, their parents, and professional teaching artists in hands-on art-making workshops.

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Arthur Augustyn

Arthur Augustyn


Arthur Augustyn grew up in Massachusetts and previously covered the video game industry in Los Angeles, city politics in Malibu, California, and local news in Bergen County before working at NJBIZ. He currently covers education and politics.

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