The LIVESTRONG Foundation is offering $1.2 Million in funding to 72 sites across the nation to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. Deadline for hospitals, cancer centers and non-profits to apply is Feb. 11th. The following four programs are up for grabs:
- Certification for Palliative Care: a program designed to certify hospitals providing state-of-the-art palliative care services that relieve symptoms and stress of serious illness and improve quality of life for patients.
- Camp Kesem: A university-based summer camp program for kids with parents affected by cancer.
- The Creative Center at University Settlement Artist-in-Residence Program: Helps cancer survivors deal with the stresses of treatment through artistic expression. This year’s grant will allow community based organizations to fund outpatient art programs in partnership with their local hospital or cancer center.
- LIVESTRONG at the YMCA: Offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem.
Why these four programs? These specific programs are up for replication because they have been proven to offer direct support to cancer survivors and their families both during and post treatment. If you are a cancer survivor and would like to see these programs in your community, please ask your hospital, community center, YMCA or service organization to apply: www.livestrong.org/community.
The deadline for organizations to apply for the Community Impact Project is Fri., Feb. 8 at 5pm CT. Accepted applicants then face the project’s online voting campaign, March 12-28, which allows YOU – the public- to determine where the money goes among eight U.S. regions. The awarded sites will be announced on April 15.
Organizations chosen to implement one of the model programs will receive up to $15,000 to support the implementation. They will also receive a toolkit consisting of facilitator manuals, participant materials and evaluation forms; training and support from the model program’s staff; access to additional tools and resources; and a full report on the historical replication of this program upon completion.