Horizon Foundation for New Jersey approved $721,500 in grants to community organizations, including at $25,000 grant to Garden State Equality. 18 other non-profit organizations for health and cultural programs received the remainder of the 2017 grant money. Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) – has awarded 1,338 grants totaling more than $48.5 million since its inception in 2004.
“The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is proud to support community-based organizations that are transforming the lives of residents through programs which are making individuals healthier and improving the quality of life in the communities Horizon serves,” said Robert A. Marino, Horizon BCBSNJ Chairman & CEO and The Horizon Foundation Board Chairman.
Garden State Equality Education Fund, in Asbury Park, received a $25,000 grant to support the Map+Expand LGBT Health Services in New Jersey project, which will measure the availability of health service providers who are clinically and culturally competent to work effectively with LGBT people, as well as explore ways to expand the availability of such providers in New Jersey.
Out In Jersey magazine business partner George Street Playhouse, in New Brunswick, received a $22,500 grant to support the commission and workshop production of a touring musical drama focused on the challenges and consequences of opioid addiction and its impact on children and families. This musical drama for grades 7-12 will be presented as a cautionary tale with the key message that individuals have the power to make positive behavioral decisions to avoid or to overcome addiction.
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is committed to working alongside those who can help us improve our neighbors’ health, inform their health decisions and inspire them to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. For more information on the grants visit www.Horizonblue.com/Foundation.