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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

CentraCare Health Foundation awards seven Community Grants in latest round of funding

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

The CentraCare Health Foundation recently awarded $180,000 in Community Grants to seven different projects in Central Minnesota to improve health and healthcare. The Foundation’s executive committee awarded grants during its Winter cycle to: Helping Hands Outreach for Elders, Lupus Link, Open your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless, Talahi Community School and True Friends. The Foundation also funded two applications from CentraCare Health, one for a support system in response to patient safety events and the other to provide for a Community Health Worker to aid the area’s Muslim and Somali residents.

The Foundation awards Community Grants three times annually for projects that best enhance our community, support or create innovative solutions, and capitalize on emerging opportunities. The grants fund health education programs, research to improve health, and programs that improve health and safety. The Foundation does not support building, fundraising or capital campaigns. Non-profit organizations, schools and government agencies are eligible to apply. The grants, which can be for up to $50,000, must serve residents in Benton, Crow Wing, Douglas, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pope, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena or Wright counties.

The Fall grant cycle begins with acceptance of Letters of Intent from mid-June to mid-July. By the end of July, organizations with promising projects will be invited to submit a full proposal. Funding announcements will follow in October. Processes for Winter and Spring cycles begin in October and February, respectively.

Learn more about the recipients at the following page under "Grants Awarded."