GlaxoSmithKline awarded $40,000 each to nine Triangle nonprofit organizations Wednesday for their work toward improving public health.
In 17 years, the GSK program, called IMPACT, has awarded more than $6 million to 150 nonprofits.
The program had been limited to nonprofits that focus on health care, but the company expanded it to include those that focus on other categories, such as improving graduation rates, employment and access to green spaces. The company received about 60 applications this year, Katie Loovis, director of the U. S. Community Partnerships for GSK.
“These are unsung heroes in our community,” Loovis said. “These nine programs provide excellent examples of innovative ways to tackle community challenges and make sure we all can live healthier, longer lives.”
Applicants for an IMPACT award must be located in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Person, Orange or Wake counties and have annual operating expenses between $160,000 and $5 million.