American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Shade Structure Program

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The program awards grants of up to $8,000 to public schools and non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces. In addition to the grant, the AAD also provides a permanent sign for display near the shade structure. Eligibility is open to non-profit organizations that provide services, programs, and curricula to children and teenagers who are 18 and younger. Applicants must be recommended by an Academy member dermatologist and demonstrate a commitment to sun safety within their organizations.
Deadline: 11-25-2017

Hertz Giving

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Hertz Giving supports charitable causes in four core areas: Education, Environment, Safety and Travel, with a special focus on improving the lives of children and families. Eligible applicants are 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations (or the international equivalent) in good standing with the IRS. Annual Deadlines: March 31, June 30, Sept 30 and Dec 31.
Deadline: 9-30-2017

Tower Foundation Intellectual Disabilities Program

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The foundation has identified four key goals for the program: identifying children with intellectual disabilities early and ensuring that they receive services that meet their evolving needs; engaging young people with intellectual disabilities in meaningful, social, vocational, and educational pursuits; helping families understand the nature of intellectual disabilities and secure needed supports; and making sure that communities embrace people with intellectual disabilities and provide them with a full range of supports and opportunities. Priority will be given to programs that provide screening and assessment services; community-based education and support services (community and professional education); family supports; and transition/service navigation services. To be eligible, applicants must be considered tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grant amounts will range between $20,000 and $50,000.

VSP: Sight for Students

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Sight for Students is a VSP charity that provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children. The program operates nationally through a network of community partners who identify children in need and VSP network doctors who provide the eye care services. There are five basic qualifications a child must meet in order to receive a Sight for Students gift certificate: family income is no more than 200 percent of federal poverty level; child is not enrolled in Medicaid or other vision insurance; child is 18 years old or younger and has not graduated from high school; child or parent is a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant with a social security number; and child has not used the Sight for Students program during the past 12 months.

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation

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The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awards grants of up to $25,000 to organizations nationally that support public education, community improvement projects, and home safety initiatives. These community improvement projects are high-need projects such as: building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades as well as safety improvements. We have two grant programs, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education and Lowe’s Community Partners.

Measure Up Marion Welcomes the Rural Women’s Health Project as a Partner for a Healthier Marion County

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The Rural Women’s Health Project ( has joined the efforts to make Marion County — and its residents — a healthier place to live, work, worship, study and play.

The Rural Women’s Health Project (RWHP), founded in 1991, is a non-profit organization that designs and implements community-based health-education projects, promotes lay-health worker efforts and develops community-driven materials to assist communities in strengthening their understanding of critical health and community issues.

The mission of the RWHP is to work with rural communities to strengthen their capacity to overcome barriers to health justice. Utilizing a community-based approach, community members are involved in all grassroots research, educational campaigns, training and bridging to services— thereby broadening their skills to replicate programs and advocacy strategies.

Partner Barrett-Liner now is Barrett, Liner & Buss, LLC

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Workplace Wellness is a key component of the health of Marion County, and our partner in workplace wellness has expanded its company and changed its name. Barrett-Liner Co. now is Barrett, Liner & Buss LLC. Even with a new name, the company continues to offer healthier opportunities for employees and employers in Marion County, including the Marion County public schools and the City of Ocala.

Measure Up Marion Partners Successfully for Healthier Menu, Foods with LaHacienda Restaurant, Corner Store, Bubbles Laundry

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In its ongoing commitment to improving access to healthier foods, and improving the lives and health of Marion County residents, Measure Up Marion and its partner Marion County Children’s Alliance, have partnered with LaHacienda restaurant and corner store, and Bubbles Laundry on Highway 40, west of I-95. LaHacienda now is offering healthier menu options, better labeling for healthier foods on its shelves, and healthier concessions in its laundry. The businesses are located at 4185 W Highway 40, online at
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