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Coastal Blood Foundation Selects 2018 Grant Recipients

Innovative blood-supply and blood illness projects and programs to be funded in Northeast Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 23, 2018 – The Coastal Blood Foundation announces it has granted more than $422,000 in its annual grant cycle. The funds are being distributed to area organizations focused on research and innovation for blood and blood-related products and services, related education, as well as identifying and supporting community outreach activities that continue the fight against blood-related diseases. The 2018 grants are more than double the 2017 grants of $210,000.

Recipients of the 2018 grants are local, regional and national organizations performing research, education and outreach to improve the health of North Florida residents.

Grant Recipient Details 

  • AABB National Blood Foundation – $75,000 to fund transfusion medicine and cellular therapies research by early career researchers.
  • Beaufort Memorial Hospital – $48,400 in total to fund various projects including research, equipment and funding for an integrated sickle cell disease management program.
  • Mayo Clinic – $91,100 for various programs including transfusion education, research on the effects of plasma age on neuron regeneration, high school lab immersion program and a Florida State College at Jacksonville scholarship.
  • OneBlood – $109,400 to fund various community outreach projects including education, training and high school scholarships in Northeast Florida.
  • Vincent’s HealthCare – $21,000 to support the lab tech training program as well as student scholarships in Jacksonville.
  • UF Health, Department of Transfusion Medicine – $22,200 to fund research on placental blood samples as well as to buy state-of-the-art Ortho Gel pretransfusion testing workstations in its Jacksonville location.
  • University of North Florida – $55,000 total to fund scholarships, various research projects and project materials to identify endemic pathogens in ticks that are transmissible to blood.

“We are proud to award these grants to important and innovative projects in our community,” said Jim Sebesta, chairman of the board of Coastal Blood Foundation. “These initiatives are creating programs and research to directly improve the health of our region’s residents.”

The foundation was created by the merger of The Blood Alliance with nonprofit OneBlood in 2015. The merger created a more than $15 million endowment to fund the foundation and support grant recipient research, education and outreach initiatives in the area previously served by The Blood Alliance, primarily the five-county Northeast Florida region. The organization’s goal is to manage its endowment and perpetually distribute funds to organizations performing advanced blood supply research, outreach initiatives to improve health outcomes for those with blood-related illnesses and educational programs.

The mission of the Coastal Blood Foundation is to extend the legacy of the former Blood Alliance, originally established as the Jacksonville Blood Bank in 1942 through volunteer funding. The Blood Alliance had a 73-year history of providing a safe, available and affordable blood supply to the First Coast and nearby hospitals. The Coastal Blood Foundation is managed by a 100 percent volunteer board and has a partnership with The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida to assist in administering the grant requests and disbursements.

The Coastal Blood Foundation awards grants to U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations and other tax-exempt organizations through a board-led nomination and selection process. The foundation funds research initiatives that support the safety and availability of blood products in all aspects of collection, testing, distribution, storage, use and related services; outreach initiatives with the potential to improve health outcomes for individuals and populations affected by blood-related illnesses and educational forums that promote professional development to assure state-of-the-art services for the future.

Grant-making and grant management activities are delegated primarily to two nonprofit foundations having deep expertise in their respective fields of service: The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, located in Jacksonville, and AABB’s (formerly American Association of Blood Banks) National Blood Foundation. Grants from Coastal Blood Foundation to the National Blood Foundation may be in the form of donor-advised grants to the early-career investigators program, to other innovative projects identified from time to time for multi-year research/education projects, or for other transfusion and cellular therapies identified to improve patient safety.

The Coastal Blood Foundation of Jacksonville is a nonprofit foundation established as an endowment foundation through proceeds from The Blood Alliance/OneBlood merger in 2015. Governed by a fully-volunteer board of directors, the endowed fund seeks to fund annual grants that support advancement and innovation of research, education and outreach initiatives related to the blood supply and blood-related illnesses. The foundation manages a $15+ million endowment fund and invites grantees to inquire annually for funds. The organization’s focus is to improve health outcomes for those with blood-related illnesses while ensuring a safe and reliable community blood supply. For more information visit

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