The board of trustees of Quantum Foundation, under the chairmanship of Mrs. Donna Mulholland, recently approved eight new grants totaling over $1.6 million to Palm Beach County-based nonprofits.
Quantum Foundation’s mission is to fund initiatives that improve the health of Palm Beach County residents. In its 20th year of grantmaking in Palm Beach County, the foundation has assets of approximately $140 million and since its inception has awarded more than $125 million to hundreds of local nonprofit grantees. Every dollar the foundation grants stays in the county to benefit local communities. The most recent cycle of grants focuses on better engagement in health, greater access to resources for health, and stronger connections in the health system.
“At Quantum, we like to fund programs which focus on healthy communities,” said Eric Kelly, president of Quantum Foundation. “We believe these innovative organizations are a fantastic resource to Palm Beach County as agents of change, offering more than just medicine by focusing on ‘whole health.’ These organizations match our vision.”
Of the eight organizations funded, Quantum Foundation allocated $220,000 to The Spot, a project through West Palm Beach-based Vita Nova which provides at-risk youth ages 18-25 years a stable, nurturing environment. The Spot is a drop-in center with access to healthcare resources and links to services within the county including housing, counseling, education and employment.
Through a partnership with the Palm Beach County Health Department and other care providers, youth who come to The Spot can see a primary care doctor and get wellness screenings with additional links to dental and mental health services. An on-site coordinator takes a case-management approach to ensure each youth has stable housing.
“Vita Nova is excited to open the first drop-in center for homeless youth in Palm Beach County,” said Jeff DeMario, CEO of Vita Nova. “Thank you to great funders, like Quantum Foundation, for making this a dream come true for us and hundreds of youth who feel they may have nowhere else to turn for help.”
Other grants approved in this grant cycle include:
- South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (West Palm Beach): $900,000
- Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County (West Palm Beach): $125,000
- Community Health Center of West Palm Beach (West Palm Beach): $95,000
- Susan G. Komen South Florida (West Palm Beach): $92,200
- Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches (West Palm Beach): $75,000
- Holy Ground Shelter for Homeless (Riviera Beach): $74,334
- 211 (Lantana): $30,000
For information about Quantum Foundation or to learn about applying for grants, please visit http://www.quantumfnd.org/ or call 561-832-7497.