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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 1-22, 2016 Oct. 3 -
Nov. 1, 2016
Feb. 6 -
March 6, 2017

Foundation invites or declines
full proposal

Aug. 8, 2016 Nov. 22, 2016 March 20, 2017
Full proposal due Aug. 26, 2016 Dec. 16, 2016 April 14, 2017
Funding decision made Oct. 10, 2016 Feb. 9, 2017 June 12, 2017

General Grant Application Guidelines

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

  • Applicants must be eligible not-for-profit agencies.
  • 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, administrative/indirect expenses for existing programs and capital related expenses. Proposals that address health issues through partnerships with multiple individuals and organizations are encouraged. Organizations are allowed one active grant at a time. Final reports must be in and approved prior to submitting a letter of inquiry for a new project.
  • 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 Feb. 10, 2016

Submitting Agency: Children’s Dental Services
Project Name: Expansion of portable dental care to 1,000 low-income Central Minnesota Children and Pregnant Women
Project Summary: There is a critical need for dental care in the St. Cloud region for low-income children and pregnant women due to extreme shortages of dentists accepting public or no insurance.  CDS is experiencing an influx of requests for care, partly due to the increasing African immigrant population in the region (St. Cloud, MN: Somali Populations Grow Rapidly Since 2009, Refugee Resettlement Watch, 2014). CDS will divert dental disease from the emergency room setting by providing a comprehensive range of culturally targeted and translated preventive treatment and education to 1,000 low-income children and pregnant women.

Submitting Agency: CentraCare Health
Project Name: Heart Failure Steering Committee    
Project Summary: CentraCare Heart Failure Steering Committee exists to focus on improving the health of health failure patients, high risk patients and the community as a whole. The steering committee oversees four heart failure working groups; hospital work group, Clinic & Transitions Work group, Innovation & Research Group and Community Work Group. These groups are all working together to achieve the common goals of the steering committee. These common goals are to develop best practices and guideline for management of heart failure patients in inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as reduce all-cause readmissions for patients who had been previously hospitalized with an exacerbation of heart failure.

Submitting Agency: Employment Enterprises
Project Name: Equipment Upgrade for Medically Fragile Individuals        Project Summary: Employment Enterprises, Inc., (EEI) is a nonprofit organization licensed by the Department of Human Services to provide training, support, and services to people with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses. EEI runs a job-training program helping people acquire skills to prepare them for meaningful employment at local businesses.  In addition to job training, EEI specializes in care and services for medically fragile individuals with moderate to profound intellectual and physical disabilities. Due to the high needs for physical care, employment is secondary to ensuring daily care is completed in a safe and respectful manner. The rocker platform, which is part of this grant request, assists in meeting vestibular stimulation for many consumers; for some it is just pure pleasure.

Submitting Agency: Arc Midstate
Project Name: Regional Potpourri Conference
Project Summary: Regional Potpourri Conference February 27, 2016; designed to increase skills and knowledge of those who are providing care for children and teens with special needs. Arc Midstate will lead with support from the Partners in Exceptional Care for Children Committee including CentraCare – Pediatrics, Child Care Choices, UCP of Central Minnesota, St. Cloud Area IEIC, Stearns County Developmental Disabilities Unit, and St. Cloud School District – Project Challenge.

Submitting Agency: Central MN Mental Health Center
Project Name: St. Cloud Area Child Response Initiative                
Project Summary: The Central MN Mental Health Center (CMMHC) and its community partners recognized the need to improve the response to children experiencing traumatic incidents, from the initial contact by law enforcement, through the judicial process and continuing through the therapeutic healing process.  To better serve children in Central MN ages 0-17 who are exposed to violence and trauma, the St. Cloud Area Child Response Initiative (SCA-CRI) program was established in 2014. This program specifically targets St. Cloud area youth who have experienced traumatic incidents. SCA-CRI was implemented to reduce children’s exposure to traumatic events and to mitigate the effects of child trauma when law enforcement is called upon to respond.

Submitting Agency: Minnesota Gerontological Society
Project Name: Professional Training in Gerontological and Geriatric Principles
Project Summary: This educational project is an innovative collaborative proposal to develop and offer free professional training webinars in gerontological and geriatric principles to health care professionals, aging services staff, and family/volunteer caregivers in the CentraCare service area. Two complimentary series of educational webinars will be developed. The Minnesota Gerontological Society and St. Cloud State University School of Health and Human Services Gerontology Program will develop the gerontology curriculum, provide qualified gerontologist instructors, and produce three webinars on the social, biological, psychological, and cognitive aspects of aging.

Grants approved by the Foundation Board on Oct. 12, 2015

Submitting Agency: Initiative Foundation
Project Name:
Early Childhood Dental Work
Project Summary:
The Early Childhood Dental Network Cavity Free Birth-3 program will focus on the earliest years of a child’s life with the end goal of ensuring that low-income children are cavity free at age three. Through the process, they and their families will learn good dental hygiene and its importance in promoting health and well-being.  As the children of the first year of the pilot grow to three years old, families will have developed effective and enduring hygiene habits.

Submitting Agency: Take Heart – CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center
Project Name:
Take Heart 2015            
Project Summary: S
t. Cloud Hospital was the first site for Take Heart America™, a demonstration project designed to show how Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) survival rates can be significantly increased through a systems-based, community-wide approach for enhanced treatment of the number one cause of death in the United States. To accomplish this goal, state-of-the-art resuscitation science strategies and community education programs were implemented in several sites, of which two were in Minnesota: the greater St. Cloud area and Anoka County.

Submitting Agency: Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
Project Name:
Goodwill-Easter Seals Mental Health Services St. Cloud                
Project Summary:
Goodwill-Easter Seals proposes to continue to enhance its mental health services within the St. Cloud region in order to increase existing amenities and meet the current demand and unmet needs within Greater Minnesota. Available services will include outpatient therapy, evidence-based Individualized Placement Support (IPS), Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS), and tele-health access to psychiatry from their St. Paul location.

Submitting Agency: Helping Hands Outreach for Elders, Inc.
Project Name:
Helping Hands outreach: Caregiver programming expansion and support
Project Summary:
The funds allow for the addition of a Caregiver Support Coordinator and Caregiver Consultant to staff in fiscal year 2015-16. Their focus will be on connecting with area caregivers and providing support and training. As part of their responsibilities they will also provide home safety checks which help create a safer living environment for our elderly clients. Would also be looking towards the development of an Adult Day Activity center within the community of Holdingford.

Submitting Agency: Faith’s Lodge
Project Name:
Coping with the Serious Illness of a Child
Project Summary:
Faith’s Lodge provides a place where parents and families facing the serious illness or medically complex diagnosis of a child can retreat to reflect on the past, renew strength for the present and build hope for the future. By gathering families of similar circumstance together with resources and support, they create transformative opportunities to grow hope. Their goal is to help families through tough times by creating a nurturing setting together with other parents who are coping with the same struggles.

Submitting Agency: Todd County Health and Human Services
Project Name:
Todd County Senior Transportation
Project Summary:
Todd County Health & Human Services currently provides a volunteer driver program that serves many individuals throughout the county who are in need of medical transportation including senior citizens, medical assistance clients, and foster children.  Volunteer drivers provide a necessary service so residents are able to stay healthy and independent.

Medical Mission Grants

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.

The Houle Medical Mission Scholarship funded by Nicholas and Terese Houle support groups who can help meet the health care needs of people in developing countries including the country of Honduras. Send the completed application to the CentraCare Health Foundation, 1406 Sixth Avenue N, St. Cloud, MN 56303, in order to be reviewed. Scholarships are given out twice a year with application deadlines of July 15 and Sept. 15.

The Pladson Medical Mission Scholarship funded by Dr. Terence and Sue Pladson to support groups who can help meet the health care needs of people in developing countries including the countries of Guatemala and Honduras. 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.

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 2016 Spirit of Caring Award.