Moffitt Cancer Center's Micro Awards for Community Health Initiatives Support Grassroots Community Cancer Education Activities

October 19, 2010

TAMPA, Fla. - Moffitt Cancer Center recognizes that financial support is vital in assisting community organizations as they strive to meet the needs of diverse medically underserved populations.  In 2009, Moffitt established the Micro Award for Community Health Initiatives (MACHI) Program to offer mini funding opportunities of $250 or $500 annually to 501(c)(3) organizations.


To be considered for MACHI funding, submissions must include a cancer education component. Activities that qualify for support include health fairs, seminars, workshops and health education events with an established track record of success.  The MACHI focuses on the greater Tampa Bay area.


During fiscal year 2009, 10 community initiatives received support through the MACHI Program.  One was Latinos Unidos por un Nuevo Amanecer, Inc. ( (LUNA), whose mission is to provide support to Latinos diagnosed with cancer through culturally and linguistically relevant educational, social and recreational activities.  Funds supported supplies and educational materials for LUNA’s three-day retreat, Camp Alegria, for Latina cancer survivors.  Eighty-six women participated in the camp during March.   


 For more information about the MACHI Program and to obtain the application, e-mail Erika Harris at


About Moffitt Cancer Center

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 14 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.