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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. 3, 2015
Oct. 2 -
Nov. 2, 2015
Feb. 8, 2016 -
March 7, 2016

Foundation invites or declines
full proposal

Aug. 10, 2015 Nov. 23, 2015 March 21, 2016
Full proposal due Aug. 28, 2015 Dec. 18, 2015 April 22, 2016
Funding decision made Oct. 12, 2015 Feb. 10, 2016 June 13, 2016

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 Feb. 9, 2015

Early Learning – Talahi Neighborhood

Submitted by: United Way of Central Minnesota
The focus of this project is to engage African American families with young children (birth to kindergarten) in parent education sessions and connect them with other community resources. This will be achieved by:
  1. Partnering with St. Cloud Area School District 742 to assess early childhood needs and strengths with input from parents of young children and 25 key contact people focused within the Talahi School catchment area.
  2. Convene key players from health providers, education, the community and human service agencies to focus on the Talahi neighborhood and how to best maximize efforts to support families in helping their children be ready for kindergarten in culturally sensitive and responsive methods. Utilize “Read. Talk.Play, Together Every Day” messaging
Camp Odayin Residential Camp
Submitted by: Camp Odayin
Camp Odayin provides fun, safe and supportive camp experiences and community opportunities for young people with heart disease and their families. At Camp Odayin Residential Camp, campers in grades 1-11 enjoy the excitement of camp in a medically-supervised environment. Most traditional camps cannot accommodate the medical needs of children with heart disease due to health risks, around the clock medical care or special needs. These children benefit from a summer camp experience.

Central Minnesota Housing Grant Assistance
Submitted by: Spare Key
Spare Key offers one main program: Housing Grant Assistance for families. Spare Key seeks to provide financial relief to families who are facing multiple, compounding challenges due to the critical illness or serious injury of their child. Qualifying families are provided with one mortgage grant of up to $1,000 and $800 for a rental grant per 12-month period paid directly to the mortgage servicer or rental agency.

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, Saint 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, in order to be reviewed. Scholarships are given out twice a year with application deadlines of July 15 and Sept. 15.

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.