Fearless Grants to be awarded to Grand Island/Kearney area non-profits

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) will be awarding Fearless Grants to Shelton Public Schools’ Project Fit America, Hope Harbor and Third Community Clinic in Grand Island on Tuesday and Wednesday October 11 and 12.

“The work and missions championed by the grant recipients are to be commended both in prevention and treatment of community needs,” Pat Bourne, BCBSNE senior vice president said.  “Our grants program reflects the promise to our members that they can live fearlessly.”

Each grant is focused on championing inspirational, motivational and aspirational work.  The grants span BCBSNE’s social responsibility focus areas of health and wellness, human services and education.

Project Fit America (PFA) is an innovative physical education curriculum that focuses on building lifelong fitness habits, instead of emphasizing sports and athletic activities, in a fun and engaging manner. Since 2007, BCBSNE has funded PFA implementation in schools across the state. This year’s Fearless Grant to Shelton Public Schools is $16,500 for playground equipment and curriculum.

Hope Harbor provides support and resources to homeless, displaced and nearly homeless women, children and families.  Their Transitional Shelter program, which serves roughly 300 people a year, offers case management and educational classes.  Their Emergency Shelter delivers temporary support to approximately 200 people a year, usually on a 3-5 night basis.  BCBSNE’s $10,000 Fearless Grant will provide general operating support so individuals and families in need can continue to receive short and long-term services.

Third City Community Clinic provides basic medical, dental and pharmaceutical care to low-income individuals, through programs that provide free oral exams and treatment for children and seniors, outreach efforts partnering with Community Health Workers, health coaching, behavioral health screenings and wellness education. BCBSNE’s $7,500 Fearless Grant will provide supplies and medications for medical and dental programs for individuals with chronic health issues like diabetes.

Fearless Grant presentations:

Tuesday – October 11

2 p.m. - Hope Harbor, 615 W 1st Street, Grand Island NE

Wednesday – October 12

9 a.m. - Shelton Public School, playground 210 9th Street, Shelton, NE (Congressman Adrian Smith and Nebraska Unicameral Speaker Galen Hadley will give remarks)

11:30 a.m. - Third City Community Clinic, Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, 309 West Second Street, Grand Island, NE


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