More than $12 million in Grants awarded for Mid-Valley Health

Friday, July 31, 2015

WESLACO, Texas, July 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- More than $2.5 million in new grants was awarded at the 2nd Community Care Awards, Thursday, July 28 in Weslaco. 13 winning proposals were selected for funding out of dozens of applicants from Knapp Community Care Foundation's (KCCF) 2015 spring grant cycle. More than $12 million in grants has now been awarded by KCCF to support local organizations and their health focused projects in the Mid-Valley.

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"We're relying on these organizations to be our partners to go out and make the Mid-Valley a much better place to live, to work and to help people improve their health and lifestyles to live longer and healthier lives," explains Brian Humphries, KCCF Chairman.

The funded projects will improve and sustain the long-term health of residents in the Mid-Valley.  These projects include:

  • City of Mercedes – Walking Trail and Fitness Stations - $500,000
  • Easter Seals RGV – Parents As Teachers Program – Early detection of developmental delays in young children program - $182,563
  • IDEA Academy – Healthy Kids Project – Introducing and reinforcing healthy lifestyle choices in school age children and their families - $115,000
  • Nuestra Clinica Del Valle – Diabetes Prevention Screening Program - $345,000
  • South Texas Juvenile Diabetes Association – STOMP Out Diabetes! - Diabetes Awareness/Diabetes Camp for Children - $11,500
  • Team MARIO – Project P.L.A.Y. – Autism Awareness/Social Skill Events - $65,021
  • Texas A & M Health Science Center – Promotoras and Families Asthma Education & Outreach Program - $374,042
  • Texas A & M Health Science Center – School of Public Health – Obesity and Type II Diabetes Prevention in Colonias Program - $342,127
  • Tropical Texas Behavioral Center – Crisis Services and Outreach Team Support, Behavioral Health Education - $519,000
  • The University of Texas Pan American Foundation – CHECK Project - Obesity and diabetes prevention through nutrition education - $50,000
  • Women Together Foundation, Inc. – Prevention Education Program - $65,281

"We are very honored to partner with these amazing groups," says Yvonne "Bonnie" Gonzalez, KCCF CEO. "We have tremendous expectations that we are going to do great things together."

Knapp Community Care Foundation (KCCF) is a place-based investor in the health of the Mid-Valley community and its families. KCCF continues to support its mission to improve the health of Mid-Valley families.  More grants will be awarded soon, and interested groups are encouraged to contact KCCF to learn more.

"To be able to award this amount of money to organizations that we know will continue to create positive impact to our Mid-Valley is remarkable," says Vice Chair, Spencer Bell.  "The legacy that was started with the creation of this foundation will live on and continue to make positive impacts for many years to come."


David Watkins


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