Grant supports safe and welcoming communities
Project FINE recently received a grant of $200,000, to be distributed over two years, from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to help create and nurture more connected, resilient and inclusive communities where all people have the support and resources to reach their full health potential. The goal of the Healthy Connections project is to improve multiple aspects of health for refugees and immigrants, reduce isolation and build social connections between cultural groups across Winona County.
Project FINE’s grant is one of 18 awarded to Minnesota nonprofits working to create safe, welcoming, and connected communities.
“We are pleased to support the great work of Project FINE. When we come together with communities, listen to their experiences, and support their efforts, communities can become safer, more connected, and more welcoming. The benefit is more than short-term: it’s a cornerstone of lifelong health,” said board chair Dr. Craig Samitt, who also serves as CEO and president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Project FINE (Focus on Integrating Newcomers through Education) is a nonprofit organization that has been serving Winona County and the surrounding area since 1990. It is a connection point for refugees and immigrants, helping build contributing individuals, healthy families and a stronger, more respectful community for all.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation makes a healthy difference in communities by advancing health equity and improving conditions where people live, learn, work and play, awarding more than $55 million to over 500 nonprofits since it was established in 1986. For more information on Blue Cross’ grantmaking programs, visit www.bluecrossmnfoundation.org.