The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has announced the recipients of its first Impact Grants, which support individuals or organizations that positively impact the cystic fibrosis (CF) community. The winners will each receive $10,000.
“People with CF have the greatest insights about how to live with this disease,” Drucy Borowitz, MD, vice president of community partnerships at the foundation, said in a press release. “We are honored to support these organizations that harness the power of the CF community to help people with this disease and their families live better lives every day.”
The seven grant recipients are:
- Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation (CFLF) — The nonprofit helps people with CF maintain a healthy lifestyle through its Recreation Grant Program. The grant will go toward gym memberships, yoga classes, swimming lessons, and other activities.
- United States Adult CF Association (USACFA) — The nonprofit publishes a quarterly newsletter, the CF Roundtable. The grant will cover the price of printing and distributing the newsletter, as well as website upkeep.
- Project CF Spouse — The nonprofit educates and supports CF patients’ spouses. The grant will be used to expand to 150-member group, which started on Facebook.
- sINgSPIRE program — The program, through Breathe Bravely, focuses on singing as a way to combat the effects of CF. With the grant, sINgSPIRE will provide 15 students with 10 weeks of free, private voice lessons to strengthen their respiratory systems and improve their confidence.
- Program NuYou – The online health coaching and personal training program for people with CF is part of Attain Health. The grant will pay for participants to have time with a personal trainer and health coach.
- Miles for Cystic Fibrosis — The funds will go toward the nonprofit’s Project BreatheStrong, which helps people with CF improve their mental and physical health. The grant also will be used to broadcast information about nutrition and exercise on the Miles for CF website and social media.
- Continuing Education for Caregivers/Individuals with CF — The group supports people with CF through educational workshops. The grant be used to form a nonprofit.
Grant recipients were chosen by the CF Adult Advisory Council, a review panel composed of adults with CF, in partnership with the CF Foundation.
The 2017 Impact Grant application process will begin in April. For more information, visit the Impact Grants page.