Impact Alamance to focus funding on kids
Impact Alamance, Alamance County’s new grantmaking organization, will invest in the county’s future through funding programs and projects related to children. The board has determined two primary funding areas for the organization; Healthy Kids and Healthy Community. Healthy Kids will fund early childhood interventions aimed at children aged 0-5 and healthy eating and active living initiatives for kids. Healthy Community investments will focus on areas related to creating a community culture for children in Alamance County and building the expertise and capacity of our local non-profit agencies.
“We want every child in Alamance County to have the best possible start and to have an equal opportunity to thrive at home, at school and in life,” says president, Tracey Grayzer. “All research points to investments in early childhood interventions and education as having the single largest impact on positive physical, mental and economic health outcomes for adults,” she adds.
Impact Alamance was formed when Alamance Regional Medical Center merged with Cone Health. Cone Health invested $54 million dollars to start the fund, designed to further the hospital system’s mission to improve the overall health of the community. The focused funding priorities are directly related to fulfilling the organization’s newly adopted mission and vision statements.
“Impact Alamance’s mission is to strategically invest in Alamance County for hope, health and prosperity. The vision is for Alamance County to be the best place to live and thrive,” says board chairman, FD Hornaday. “What better way to bring these to life than by making our county better for children and families- they are our future,” he adds.
Impact Alamance is set to invest more than $2 million dollars in these funding areas in fiscal year 2015. A strategic planning process is currently underway to determine what types of programs the organization will fund and what the funding policies, procedures and funding cycles look like. It is expected that the first funding cycle will open in early 2015 and the first investments will be made in the spring.