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Our Mission Statement

CentraCare Health Foundation engages the philanthropic community in partnership to improve health and health care in Central Minnesota. We enable life victories everyday.

In pursuit of this mission, the Foundation will fund or otherwise sponsor:

  • Health education programs
  • Research to improve health
  • Programs that improve health services

The Foundation will fund organizational or institutional proposals that will support these objectives and lead to improvement in the health of Central Minnesota.

CentraCare Health Foundation only accepts electronic grant submissions. This is a two-step process, beginning with a letter of inquiry. Please login to set up an account. If you already have an account, you may login.

Grants Cycle Fall Winter Spring
Submit letters of inquiry July 9 -
Aug. 8, 2013
Dec. 2, 2013 -
Jan. 10, 2014
Feb. 3 -
March 6, 2014

Foundation invites or declines
full proposal

Aug. 15, 2013 Jan. 17, 2014 March 13, 2014
Full proposal due Aug. 29, 2013 Feb. 13, 2014 April 10, 2014
Funding decision made Oct. 14, 2013 April 14, 2014 June 9, 2014

General Grant Application Guidelines

The Foundation Board of Directors, in evaluating grant applications, will be guided by the following general principles:

  • Proposals must be consistent with the Mission Statement of the CentraCare Health Foundation.
  • Grants will be made to projects which will have primary impact in the following Central Minnesota counties: Benton, Crow Wing, Douglas, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pope, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena and Wright.
  • The Foundation is reluctant to provide funding for: ongoing operational support or general administrative expenses for existing programs. Proposals that address health issues through partnerships with multiple individuals and organizations are encouraged.
  • All decisions regarding funding will be made without regard to race, color, creed, sex, handicap, religion, or national origin of the grant seeker, and without regard to an applicant’s relationship with the CentraCare Health or its subsidiaries.

Grant Application Process

The Board of Directors awards grants three times per calendar year.

Interested organizations should submit an online letter of inquiry in accordance with the timetable above.

To be considered for funding, grant applications must be submitted online by the published grant deadline.

Projects of a technical or scientific nature will be referred to a physician member for evaluation and recommendation, or for further referral if appropriate.

For information on how to apply on behalf of a CentraCare Health project, please contact Foundation staff.

Notification will be made following the Board decision.

Upon Board approval of an application, a grant agreement will be emailed to the recipient organization for review and signature(s). 
Progress reports are required on a semi-annual basis, with a final report due at the conclusion of the project.

In the event a grant agreement is not signed and the applicant makes no request for the deferral of the project in the succeeding 12 months, the applicant must resubmit a new proposal for consideration.

Grants Awarded

Grants approved by the Foundation Board on Oct. 14, 2013

Patient Self-Testing of INR (Anticoagulation Levels)
Submitted by: CentraCare Clinic
This grant will allow for implementation of a consistent, safe system for transitioning patients on warfarin from anticoagulation testing in the clinic to patient self-testing at home.

Good Samaritan Program
Submitted by: Central Minnesota Community Foundation
The funding will help assist individuals who have medical needs that cannot be met by traditional resources. This includes transportation to medical appointments and medical supplies.

Expansion of Portable Dental Care to Low Income Children in Central Minnesota and Pregnant Women
Submitted by: Children’s Dental Services
The grant provides funding for a locally-based dental team to provide comprehensive, culturally targeted and translated preventive and restorative dental care to 1,000 low-income children and pregnant women across Central Minnesota.

Parenting, Health and Wellness Program
Submitted by: Cura Center dba New Beginnings
Funding will allow for continued support of the Parenting, Health and Wellness Program

Healthy Park, Healthy People
Submitted by: Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines
The grant will provide funding for equipment at the Huntington Park in Sartell as part of the troops park improvement Silver Award Project.

Cranium Care!
Submitted by: Project Astride
The funding will be used for the purchase of new helmets for program participants.

Near and Far HIV Awareness and Education
Submitted by: Rural AIDS Action Network
The grant will provide marketing materials as part of a local HIV awareness campaign.

Central Minnesota Housing Assistance Initiative
Submitted by: Spare Key
Funding will be matched 2 to 1 and will be used to provide housing assistance payments exclusively to families in the Central Minnesota counties served by CentraCare Health.

Healing Touch Volunteer Program
Submitted by: St. Cloud Hospital
The grant will allow for training of volunteers in the therapy of Healing Touch.

Advance Care Planning Certification Course
Submitted by: St. Cloud State University
The grant will assist with starting the Advanced Care Planning Certification Course to prepare students to assist patients, their families and others in the community with Advanced Directives.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan for Homeless Veterans
Submitted by: Wellness in the Woods, Inc.
Funding will provide training to assist homeless veterans in creating their own personal wellness plans.

Medical Mission Fund Requests:
11 individuals received a grant to participate in Medical Mission trips.

Medical Mission Grant

The St. Cloud Medical Foundation Fund was set up by physicians practicing in St. Cloud to be used for projects coordinated by St. Cloud Physicians that have community benefit and/or to provide modest support for local individuals to perform medical mission work around the world.

An amount is allotted each September through the CentraCare Health Foundation Grants committee to use towards medical mission trips. Send the completed application to the CentraCare Health Foundation, 1406 Sixth Avenue N, Saint Cloud, MN 56303, by Aug. 1 in order to be reviewed. Notice of acceptance will be sent by the end of October.

Spirit of Caring Award

The Spirit of Caring Award is a community service award that recognizes collaborative efforts to improve people’s health through education, intervention or service. The award carries a $5,000 grant, along with a recognition piece for display.

CentraCare Health Foundation recognizes the power of individuals working together to address health-related issues. Each year, we honor an individual or group for that sort of collaboration by honoring them with the Spirit of Caring award.

Nominate a project or program by June 30 for the 2014 Spirit of Caring Award.

2013 winner
The Grants Committee selected Project Home Connect as the 2013 recipient of the Spirit of Caring Award.

Project Homeless Connect, which is a one-day annual event for individuals and families who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless, provides a welcoming environment and a way to connect people with community resources.

The project is coordinated by a planning committee made up of staff from Tri-County Action Program, Stearns County Human Services, United Way of Central Minnesota, Project H.E.A.L., Catholic Charities HOPE Community Support, Salvation Army of Sherburne County, RISE and RSVP.

At the 2013 event, 90 individuals qualified for a free cell phone and 250 free minutes per month. Cost Cutters gave free haircuts to 70 participants. And attendees were able to see a Project HEAL doctor while at the event.

2012 winners
The Grants Committee selected two recipients for the Spirit of Caring award in 2012.

Spirit of Caring

St. Cloud Area Family YMCA was selected for their aquatic program which offers opportunities for people at all levels, particularly those with special needs. The YMCA has over 90 volunteers.

Take Heart St. Cloud – Survivor’s Network was selected for their work in supporting the needs of cardiac arrest survivors as well as their work in conducting CPR training throughout Central Minnesota. The group has 50+ volunteers who are cardiac arrest survivors themselves.

Spirit of Caring

The mission of Take Heart St. Cloud Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Survivor’s Network is to prevent the loss of life from Sudden Cardiac Arrest through implementation of the four Take Heart St. Cloud initiatives to provide SCA advocacy and awareness; to provide support to people affected by SCA.

Robert Kempenich accepted the award on behalf of Take Heart St. Cloud – Survivor’s Network.

Spirit of Women Award

As a Spirit of Women hospital, we participate in the annual Spirit of Women Awards Program to recognize unsung heroes in our community. The awards celebrate women in our community who take action to make their communities healthier, safer and a more inspirational place to live.

Nominees are recognized in each of the three following categories:

  • Young Person Role Model (ages 14-20)
  • Community Hero (at least 21 years of age)
  • Health Care Hero (clinical professional)

Winners are selected by a committee coordinated by St. Cloud Hospital and CentraCare Health Foundation. All winners will receive recognition for their work and a $1,000 award to further their commitment to their community.

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