CareSource Foundation awards grants totaling $231,500


The CareSource Foundation recently awarded its third round of quarterly grants for 2014. The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in health and human services domains with a focus on children’s health, issues of senior adults, community health, special needs populations and strategies to address the medically uninsured throughout the state of Ohio.

The CareSource Foundation funds nonprofits that share the Foundation’s mission of advancing the health and well-being of underserved people in the communities they serve. The funding supports innovative solutions to address health care needs.

CareSource is a leader in cultivating partnerships that enhance and improve the health care and life services for consumers. The grants announced this quarter have been selected through a rigorous review process that evaluates innovation, impact and sustainability.

“We are in our eighth year of operation and the CareSource Foundation has invested $9.4 million in more than 750 statewide grants to 453 organizations. Our support of consumer needs is aligned with our mission to make a difference by improving the health and well-being of residents,” said Cathy Ponitz, Executive Director of the CareSource Foundation.

CareSource 3rd Quarter Foundation Grants Highlights:

  • Agape for Youth Inc. (Dayton) is a Foster Care, Adoption through Foster Care and Reunification Services agency with a 25-year history of serving children and families in southwest Ohio. The CareSource grant of $15,000 will provide support for recruitment of healthy and safe foster families, specialized training and guidance for teenagers.
  • CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence (Columbus) was established in 1977 and is the primary direct service provider to central Ohio families experiencing domestic violence. CHOICES provides, counseling, shelter, crisis intervention, education, community and legal support, and advocacy. In addition to the 34-bed shelter, CHOICES operates a 24-Hour Crisis & Domestic Violence Information hotline. The CareSource grant of $10,000will provide operating support for both the shelter and other agency services.
  • Interact for Change (Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati) operates school-based health centers and serves an essential role in reducing barriers to health care for children who are medically under-served and living in high-risk situations. The organization improves health outcomes and school attendance to increase academic performance. The CareSource grant of $20,000 will help fund the new Deaconess Health Check Dental Center, which is part of the school-based health center in Western Hills. The Dental Center will open this fall to serve 2,200 preschoolers, children and teens.


Funding by City


Cleveland / Akron / Canton / Elyria / Youngstown, Ohio – $54,655

Ashbury Community Services

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

Beech Brook

Helping Other Women (H.O.W.)

Mature Services, Inc.

Preparation for Adult Living Mission P.A.L)

Neighborhood Alliance Senior Enrichment Services


Dayton / Xenia, Ohio – $65,000

Agape for Youth, Inc.Choices in Community Living, Inc.

Community Development Corporation Resource Consortium Inc.

Family Service Association, Inc.

Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County, Inc.

Miami Valley Adapted Sports

Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region

Sunlight Village, Inc.


Cincinnati / Batavia, Ohio – $32,500

Center for Independent Living Options

Interact For Change

Clermont County Community Services, Inc.


Columbus / Worthington / Ashley, Ohio – $33,000

Local Matters

Central Ohio Diabetes Association

CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence

Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission

Recreation Unlimited Foundation


Toledo / Maumee, Ohio $15,000

Sunshine, Inc. of Northwest Ohio

Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio


Urbana / Lima, Ohio – $ 10,000

Volunteers for Adult Like Enhancement (V.A.L.E.)

Hope Visitation and Exchange Center, Inc.


Cambridge /Circleville / Coshocton Ohio – $ 21,345

Children’s Advocacy of Guernsey County

Berger Health Foundation

Kno-Ho-Co Ashland CAC


About CareSource

CareSource, a nonprofit health plan is celebrating 25 years as one of the nation’s largest Managed Medicaid Plans. Headquartered in Dayton, CareSource serves more than 1.3 million consumers in Ohio and Kentucky. CareSource is living its mission to make a difference in our members’ lives by improving their health and well-being. CareSource understands the challenges consumers face navigating the health system and works to put health care in reach for those it serves. For more information about the CareSource Foundation, visit

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