Rex makes health-care, capacity grants

PJ staff report

RALEIGH, N.C. – In its latest two rounds of funding, the John Rex Endowment has awarded almost $1 million in grants to improve access to mental-health care for children and youth and to boost the capacity of local nonprofits.

This month, the Raleigh-based foundation awarded five grants totaling $132,454 as part of its Capacity Building Initiative, which funds projects designed to enhance nonprofits’ ability to continue and improve programs serving local children and youth.

The Arc of Wake Country, Autism Society of North Carolina, Riley Hill Family Life Center and Triangle Family Services each received grants to implement capacity-building efforts, and the Wade Edwards Learning Lab received funding to conduct an organizational assessment.

Since its inception in the fall of 2009, the Capacity Building Initiative has awarded 29 grants totaling $459,895 that aimed to help nonprofits strengthen their mission and vision, governance and leadership, resource development, internal operations and program delivery.

The Endowment this month also awarded four grants totaling $812,280 to boost the mental-health system serving children and youth in Wake County.

The Governor’s Institute on Alcohol and Substance Abuse received $93,712 to facilitate a needs assessment and the development of a plan for behavioral health services and for training of behavioral-health providers in mental-health and primary-care centers.

The Salvation Army received $436,831 for Community Action Targeting Children Who Are Homeless, which will use the funds to implement a system to care for homeless families with children.

A grant of $15,000 to Triangle Family Services will be used to create a therapeutic supervised visitation program that will provide courts and families the opportunity for therapy in a family-centered environment.

And WakeMed received $266,737 to help reduce cultural and language barriers that create disparities in mental-health outcomes in its Pediatric Integrated Care Initiatives.

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