Orlando Health Opens Community Grant Program to Central Florida

The program provides grants to address health and wellness needs in the community

Orlando, FL (October 16, 2020) – Orlando Health opened the 2021 cycle of the Orlando Health Community Grant Program on Monday, October 12. As part of its ongoing commitment to Central Florida, the program offers competitive grants to assist local organizations and Orlando Health team members in their efforts to improve health and wellness in the region. 

These grants are one way that Orlando Health is investing back into the Central Florida region by supporting important work that enhances the community. The Orlando Health Community Grant Program awarded more than $540,000 in its last cycle. Grant recipients received funding for programs that addressed needs identified in the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Many of the programs that received grants assist families and residents who are facing food insecurity, health inequities, socioeconomic challenges and have limited access to healthcare services. 

“There are numerous organizations in Central Florida that are doing noteworthy work and making a significant impact in our community,” said Lainie Fox Ackerman, assistant vice president of external affairs and community benefit at Orlando Health. “At Orlando Health, we know that by joining forces with community partners, we are able to expand care beyond the walls of our hospitals and facilities.” 

The submission process for organizations interested in applying for a grant takes place in two phases. Applicants must submit a letter of intent by Friday, October 23, 2020 through the form found on Orlando Health’s Community Grant Program webpage. Once completed, the form can be emailed to [email protected]. A limited number of applicants will receive an invitation to participate in the second phase of the process and must submit a grant proposal by Friday, December 4, 2020. Applicants can apply for grants between the suggested amounts of $500 and $50,000. The chosen initiatives will last for 12 months and grantees will be required to report outcomes that show the impact within the community. 

As part of the requirements for submitting applications, initiatives must align with the 2019 CHNA, an assessment conducted every three years. This assessment uses comprehensive data collection and analysis to identify key health needs and issues in communities across the Central Florida region. For more information on the Orlando Health Community Grant Program, contact [email protected]

About Orlando Health

Orlando Health, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $6.5 billion of assets under management that serves the southeastern United States.  

Founded more than 100 years ago, the healthcare system is recognized around the world for its pediatric and adult Level One Trauma program as well as the only state-accredited Level Two Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center in Pinellas County. It is the home of the nation’s largest neonatal intensive care unit under one roof, the only system in the southeast to offer open fetal surgery to repair the most severe forms of spina bifida, the site of an Olympic athlete training facility and operator of one of the largest and highest performing clinically integrated networks in the region. Orlando Health is a statutory teaching system that pioneers life-changing medical research. The 3,200-bed system includes 15 wholly-owned hospitals and emergency departments; rehabilitation services, cancer and heart institutes, imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, physician offices for adults and pediatrics, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility, home healthcare services in partnership with LHC Group, and urgent care centers in partnership with CareSpot Urgent Care. Nearly 4,200 physicians, representing more than 80 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the Orlando Health system, which employs nearly 22,000 team members. In FY19, Orlando Health served nearly 150,000 inpatients and nearly 2.7 million outpatients. During that same time period, Orlando Health provided more than $760 million in total value to the communities it serves in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more. Additional information can be found at

Media Contact: Amber Hastings
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Phone: 321.328.7088

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