Vernice Ferguson, RN, MA, FAAN, FRCN
Since 1993, the Independence Foundation has provided funding to a number of nurse managed health care centers and programs that provide comprehensive primary health care and health promotion services to underserved populations. Consistent with its mission of supporting organizations that provide services to people who do not ordinarily have access to them, the Foundation has funded centers and programs that serve traditionally underserved populations. Access to quality health care has often been compromised or impeded by lack of health insurance, transportation problems, language, and/or providers' lack of sensitivity to clients' socioeconomic circumstances and cultural background. The primary purpose of these grants is to assist existing nurse managed health care programs with general operating expenses not covered by other funding streams.
Of particular interest to the Independence Foundation are nursing centers or other nurse managed service delivery programs associated with non profit organizations or collegiate schools of nursing that serve clients in the greater Philadelphia area and meet the following criteria:
As with other Independence Foundation funding initiatives, unsolicited proposals are not reviewed. Requests for Proposals are by invitation only and are issued in late August. Grant awards are announced in mid-December. Due to ongoing commitments to current grantees, only a small number of potentially new grantees can be invited to submit an application.
All organizations not previously funded by the Independence Foundation should follow the guidelines for submitting Letters of Inquiry outlined on the Grant Application Procedure page.
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