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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 -
Aug. 1, 2014
Oct. 3 -
Nov. 3, 2014
Jan. 5 -
Feb. 2, 2015

Foundation invites or declines
full proposal

Aug. 8, 2014 Nov. 24, 2014 Feb. 9, 2015
Full proposal due Aug. 29, 2014 Dec. 19, 2014 March 9, 2015
Funding decision made Oct. 13, 2014 Feb. 11, 2015 April 13, 2015

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.
  • 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 June 9, 2014

In Home Assessment and Rapid Screen

Submitted by:  Great River Faith in Action Staff

nurses will screen and assess clients in their home in order to help identify and mitigate risks which could keep them from aging in place. By performing in-home assessments, along with a "Rapid Screen" staff can determine and decrease risks which often result in poor health outcomes, necessitating a subsequent/ premature move to a long-term care facility.

Retreat for families coping with the serious illness of a child

Submitted by:  Faith’s Lodge

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.  The goal is to help families through tough times by creating a nurturing setting together with other parents who are coping with the same struggles.

Centracare Health Long Prairie – Lucas 2 Chest Compression System

Submitted by:  CentraCare Health Long Prairie

LUCAS 2 Chest Compression System (LUCAS) increases survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest. The recommended protocols for treating cardiac arrest include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation (electric shock to the heart).

Repair, Access and Mobility Project (RAMP)

Submitted by:  Independent Lifestyles, Inc.

RAMP will be part of the Accessibility Program of Independent Lifestyles, Inc.  RAMP will provide home modifications to enable people with disabilities and continuing medical needs to live independently in their own homes.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

Submitted by:  Pearl Crisis Center

To address bullying in Mille Lacs County through grassroots efforts, collaborative measures and community involvement while applying innovative approaches in meeting the needs of those being bullied and those exhibiting bullying behaviors to ensure safer schools and communities.

IN2L Interactive Technology for Long Term Care

Submitted by:  CentraCare Health - Melrose

CentraCare Health – Melrose will use funds to purchase an interactive and adaptive computer system that will provide a person-centered experience and improve the quality of life of our elders, especially those who are frail or impaired by chronic illness. 

Emotional CPR for Veterans and the people who support them

Submitted by:  Wellness in the Woods, Inc.

Emotional CPR (eCPR) trains people to assist others through emotional crisis by three simple steps.  C=connecting, P=emPowering and R=revitalizing.  It was developed by people who have learned from their own experience how to get through an emotional crisis and integrate the experience into a broader understanding of themselves and others. 

Emergency Preparedness

Submitted by:  Mother of Mercy Campus of Care

Funds will be used to purchase specific equipment needed to help ensure the safety of residents and tenants in an emergency.  The identified equipment are 8 Med Sleds, 50 2-Way Radios, Hospital Incident Command Vests and 75 Head Lamps to safely attend to and evacuate residents.

Healthy Habits

Submitted by:  Boys and Girls Clubs of Central MN

The Healthy Habits program will help low income children and teens make better choices regarding food. Healthy Habits program is designed to:1) Teach young people about the benefits of healthy habits such as eating smart and being physically active; 2) Equip young people with skills to adopt healthier habits by participating in fun and engaging learning activities both at the Club and at home; 3) Encourage young people to take small steps toward positive behavior change

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 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, Saint Cloud, MN 56303, by Sept. 15 in order to be reviewed.

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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