The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey recently awarded $1.03 million in grants to 34 nonprofit organizations focusing on preventive health and cultural programs throughout New Jersey. This brings the foundation’s total grants to $2,140,000 in 2022.

The foundation is the philanthropic arm of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s largest health insurance company. The awarding of the fourth round of grants brings the total grants awarded by the foundation to $2.14 million in 2022.

The fourth round grant recipients are:

  • Acenda Integrated Health, in Glassboro, received a $20,000 grant to support A Place to Call Home (APTCH), a one-stop, holistic, short-term living residence for mothers with opioid use disorder.
  • After-School All Stars, in Newark, received a $25,000 grant to support its Health & Wellness programming providing opportunities for students to learn about leading a healthy lifestyle.
  • The Arc of New Jersey, in North Brunswick, received a $25,000 grant to support the Healthy Lifestyles Project, designed to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities get better quality healthcare.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Atlantic City received a $60,000 grant to support its Youth in Action Initiative, a comprehensive education and leadership program designed to engage youth at the Gloucester, Camden, Cumberland and Atlantic County clubs, to address the opioid crisis in their communities.
  • Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, in Hackensack, received a $90,000 grant to support its diabetes prevention, education and monitoring program and the expansion of the program to its new Garfield location.
  • Camden Community Partnership, in Camden, received a $100,000 grant to support a program to improve the health of youth and families in Camden City by tackling obesity, addressing social determinants of health and promoting new programs that integrate wellness and health in the city’s public spaces/facilities.
  • Cherry Hill Free Clinic, in Cherry Hill, received a $25,000 grant to support a program to improve the health outcomes for people at moderate or high risk for obesity, diabetes and hypertension.
  • Children’s Aid and Family Services, in Paramus, received $25,000 to fund a family support specialist for its Opioid Overdose Recovery Program. The Family Support Specialist will provide education, support and guidance to family members and/or loved ones of opioid overdose survivors.
  • Count Basie Theatre, in Red Bank, received a $10,000 grant for general operating support to provide affordable and accessible shows for young people and their families.
  • First Tee of Essex County, in Newark, received a $20,000 grant to a summer program that uses golf to teach under-served youth about the relationship between good nutrition, physical activity and athletic achievement.
  • Garden State Equality Education Fund, in Asbury Park, received a $25,000 grant to support its Affirming Healthcare Map, an online directory that shows availability of health service providers who are clinically and culturally competent in working effectively LGBTQ+ individuals.
  • Greater Newark Conservancy, in Newark, received a $25,000 grant to support its nutrition education program, which encourages better nutrition by providing education, gardening activities and access to fresh produce.
  • Greater Newark Health Care Coalition, in West Orange, received a $25,000 grant to support the Community Health Worker (CHW) Capacity Building Program, which is designed to enhance the CHW program and improve health outcomes for enrolled clients.
  • Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey, in Camden, received a $40,000 grant to support a full-time bilingual community health worker to provide outreach, advocacy, education and support to clients through care management.
  • Hopeworks ‘N Camden, in Camden, received a $20,000 grant to leverage the expertise and experience of the Hopeworks Youth Healing Team to train high school students to become resilience ambassadors in their schools.
  • Integrity House, in Newark, received a $25,000 grant to support an opioid awareness and education program that targets hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations in Essex County.
  • Ironbound Community Corporation, in Newark, received a $25,000 grant to support The Healthy Living Project, which includes the maintenance of an urban farm, weekly farmers’ markets, cooking demonstrations, nutrition classes, a bicycle club and field trips for Newark students.
  • Jazz House Kids, in Newark, received a $10,000 grant to expand the Jazz House Music Scholars Program to Jersey City and incorporate a social-emotional learning framework. As part of the program, professional jazz musicians provide free music lessons to middle schoolers and serve as role models and mentors.
  • Jewish Family Service & Children’s Center of Clifton-Passaic, in Clifton, received a $25,000 grant to support a patient navigator program that provides case management and mental health services to high-risk, low-income families and senior citizens in Spanish and Hebrew.
  • Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, in Cherry Hill, received a $10,000 grant to support Fit for Kids, a program that educates and empowers children to prevent obesity and reduce their risk of diabetes by making healthier food choices and improving cardiovascular and strength endurance.
  • Junta De Accion Puertorriquena, in New Brunswick, received a $25,000 grant to support the Family Leadership Academy, which addresses social determinants of health by helping low-income families build skills and access resources to achieve a greater degree of economic security and mobility.
  • Mental Health Association in New Jersey, in Springfield, received a $25,000 grant to support a program designed to prevent suicide among youth of color and LBGTQ+ communities by building and strengthening suicide prevention training.
  • Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, in Livingston, received $25,000 to provide mental health training and education to YMCA staff to assist and identify children at-risk or suffering from mental health disorders.
  • Moorestown Theater, in Moorestown, received a $10,000 general operating support grant to support year-round season of theatrical productions and classes for all ages of performers in Burlington and surrounding counties.
  • New Jersey Theatre Alliance, in Morristown, received a $15,000 grant to support The Stages Festival, which is a statewide, monthlong series of free or low-cost programs that introduce children and adults to theater.
  • Newark Boys Chorus School, in Newark, received a $40,000 general operating support grant to support the school’s music and concert touring programs, as well as academic initiatives.
  • The Newark Museum of Art, in Newark, received a $100,000 to support the Horizon Foundation Community Days, which occur once a month and provide free diverse programming for all ages.
  • Newark Public Radio, in Newark, received a $10,000 general operating support grant to provide its audience and the community with a variety of jazz and blues programs, cultural events and youth education.
  • Perkins Center for the Arts, in Moorestown, received a $10,000 general operating support grant to address the mental and emotional health of local communities and increase accessibility to concerts, cultural discussions and education.
  • The Salvation Army Kroc Center, in Camden, received a $35,000 grant to support their health and wellness program for youth and families, with a focus on obesity prevention and education.
  • Servicios Latinos de Burlington County, in Mount Holly, received a $20,000 grant to support En Control de Mi Salud, a program that provides direct health assistance to Latinos and others who are obese, pre-diabetic or diabetic.
  • Skilz, through the Community Foundation of New Jersey, in Morristown, received a $25,000 grant to support a project to educate and raise awareness of opioid misuse among Newark area teens in grades 9-12, using peer ambassadors, interactive workshops and town halls.
  • Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, in Holmdel, received a $25,000 grant to support their School-Based Nurse Practitioner Health Services Program, designed to provide obesity prevention education and chronic disease management in seven Monmouth County school districts.
  • YMCA of Greater Monmouth County, in Shrewsbury, received a $35,000 grant to support its Community Education and Prevention Training Initiative, which aims to educate community members on mental health to increase understanding and reduce stigma in Monmouth and Ocean counties.