The Flow Health Care Foundation awarded nearly $200,000 in grants to 15 health-related organizations based throughout Denton County on Wednesday.
The foundation’s board members awarded the grants to the nonprofit organizations after they determined that each recipient met the criteria the foundation set almost 20 years ago.
Since 1994, the foundation has given grants to organizations that serve families who struggle to provide basic health care needs.
One organization, Denton County Friends of Family, received a $2,000 grant it will use to provide clothing for rape victims and another organization, PediPlace, received a $15,000 grant that will be used to provide preventive infant health care.
“We’ve come a long way since our first few grants,” said Bettye Myers, president of the foundation. “In 1994, we gave five grants and $15,000. We thought that was a big deal, and it was, but now we’re able to give so much more.”
The grants come from the interest the foundation earns on money that originally came from a trust set up by Homer Flow, who had used the money to establish a hospital in Denton.
During the late 1980s, the hospital went bankrupt, but the city and county couldn’t sell the property unless the money from the sale was used in accordance to the restrictions set in the trust by Flow, board member Holly Hervey said.
“It was a sad time to see the hospital go under,” she said. “But a group of us got together and found a way to keep the mission going.”
The city and county gave the deed for the land to the foundation and the members sold the land for about $700,000. Members invested the money and have awarded more than $2.9 million in interest generated.
“We have never touched the principal,” Myers said.
To qualify for a grant, an organization must be nonpolitical, nonprofit and nonsectarian. The organization must also primarily serve Denton County consistent with the foundation’s mission to provide affordable health care to residents.
Board member Dorothy Damico said she’s proud of the foundation’s work and the nonprofits who seek its help. She said the foundation will do whatever it takes to carry out Flow’s original goal.
“Money isn’t making money like it use to,” she said. “But it will get better and we’ll continue to do what we set out to do.”
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BY THE NUMBERS
The following organizations received grants from the Flow Health Care Foundation.
Ann’s Haven: $6,000
Christian Community Action: $10,000
Denton City County Day School: $1,000
Denton Community Health Clinic: $25,000
Denton County Friends of Family: $2,000
Denton Kiwanis Children’s Clinic: $20,000
Fairoaks Retirement Apartments: $1,775
Family Health Care Inc.: $50,000
Interfaith Ministries: $18,000
RSVP Serving Denton County: $10,000
Serve Denton: $8,500
SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding: $2,400
Texas Woman’s University: $15,000
UNT Child & Family Resource Clinic: $15,000