UF Medical Guild Accepting Grant Applications
The Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville is able to provide families with children at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital with a complete laundry room, thanks to a grant awarded to them by the University of Florida Medical Guild.
In 2016, the group was awarded $3,400 as one of 18 recipients of a guild grant, said Diane Yang, president of the guild. Last year, the $40,000 available attracted 28 applicants.
The 2017 application process is open until June 30. There is $50,000 available, with a maximum of $8,000 per grant, for community-based health-related projects proposed by nonprofit organizations that both benefit a large number of Alachua County residents and can be completed in one year.
Nonprofit organizations should email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application, Yang said. Winning projects are partially or completely funded.
Thanks to the award last year, the Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville was able to renovate and decorate a utility room and buy two industrial washers and dryers, a table and a free standing closet, said Sherry Houston, executive director of the Ronald McDonald Charities of North Central Florida.
The organization provides 31 families with private accommodations each night while their children are being treated at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, Houston said. The utility room helps 1,000 families on average who stay at the house each year feel more at home, and focus on their child’s recovery without worrying about having enough clean clothes.
The UF Medical Guild raises money to fund its grants through its partial ownership of The Gift Stop at UF Health Shands Hospital and through internal and anonymous donations. Past grants awarded by the guild have helped fund a variety of projects, including a tobacco-free program for the Helping Hands Clinic, and blood and IV infusion warmers for UF Health ShandsCair.
The guild was founded in 1959 and, since its conception, has been raising money to provide scholarships, rewards and grants. The charter’s mission is friendship and support for UF Health and the community it serves. During the past 58 years, the organization has donated more than $1.1 million to help fund health-related projects in Gainesville and Alachua.