Lung Association Receives $25K Grant from Kansas Health Foundation

By American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest
December 18, 2014

The American Lung Association in Kansas was awarded a $25,000 grant through the Kansas Health Foundation’s Recognition Grants program. This funding will help support the Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing project that will provide assistance for apartment complexes to adopt smokefree policies and ensure a healthier living environment for residents and a healthier financial bottom line for owners.

Tobacco is the #1 preventable cause of death in the US and it’s not just smokers who are affected.  Secondhand smoke causes innumerable health risks and people living in multi-unit housing are exposed to it by virtue of their living arrangements.  According to ASHRAE (a leading organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration professionals), there is no way to completely eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke in apartment complexes without eliminating the smoking.

This project will educate apartment owners and managers on the benefits of adopting smokefree housing policies, provide the resources to implement them and raise awareness in the community of the need for smokefree multi-unit housing.

Recognition Grants expand the Kansas Health Foundation’s support to a broad range of health-related organizations throughout the state. The program is targeted for organizations and agencies proposing meaningful and charitable projects or initiatives that fit within the Foundation's mission of improving the health of all Kansans. In addition to supporting projects, the Foundation also seeks to support initiatives that focus on promoting policy, systems and environmental transformations that support health.

“Each year we are amazed at the incredible projects being done by organizations across Kansas,” said Steve Coen, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation. “This grant program allows us to support these innovative and impactful community initiatives and recognize the groups and individuals making them a reality.”

This fall, the Kansas Health Foundation provided more than $750,000 through this program to help organizations accomplish 41 different projects intended to improve the health and wellness of Kansans.  Using a competitive application process, the Foundation allocates up to $2 million each year for the Recognition Grants program. Application deadlines for the two cycles are March 15 and Sept. 15 each year. Any tax-exempt, nonprofit organization using the money for charitable purposes and proposing a project meeting the Foundation’s mission to improve the health of all Kansans is eligible.