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Brief Description

Our Mission Statement: CentraCare Health Foundation engages the philanthropic community in partnership to improve health and health care in Central Minnesota.

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

Guiding Principles

Enhances our community

Supports or creates innovative solutions

Capitalizes on emerging opportunities that:

  • Demonstrate impact: visibility of project is not as important as the impact to the recipients
  • Exhibit potential for sustainability or worthiness of the risk
  • Assures equality (as far as possible) and creates health equity within our community

What We Fund:

  • Health education programs
  • Research to improve health
  • Programs that improve health and safety

What We Don't Fund:

  1. Building, fundraising or capital campaigns
  2. Sponsorships of fundraising events
  3. Programs currently receiving CentraCare Health Foundation funding are ineligible to apply. Programs are allowed only one active grant at a time until a final report is received and approved by the Board of Directors.
  4. Projects lasting longer than 12 months.
  5. As a general rule, the Foundation will not provide funding for maintenance, ongoing operational support or general administrative expenses for existing programs.

Eligible organizations: 501(c) 3 nonprofit organizations, schools or government entities. Other entities with a fiscal host as a 501(c) 3 status are also eligible.

Geographic Area: Grants must serve the residents within the counties of Benton, Crow Wing, Douglas, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pope, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena or Wright.

Funding Amount: Up to $50,000

Favorable Considerations:

  • Proposals that address health and safety issues through partnerships with multiple individuals and organizations including CentraCare Health are encouraged.
  • Applications that address an innovative concept or initiative related to health care, health education, research, access to health care or improvement of health are preferred.
  • Preference may be given to organizations or programs that specifically address an underserved or diverse population.

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.

Grantmaking Schedule
Grants Cycle FallWinterSpring
Submit letters of inquiry June 19 -
July 14, 2017
Oct. 2 -
Nov. 1, 2017
Feb. 5 -
March 5, 2018
Foundation invites or
declines full proposal
July 28, 2017 Nov. 22, 2017 March 19, 2018
Full proposal due Aug. 18, 2017 Dec. 15, 2017 April 13, 2018
Funding decision made Oct. 9, 2017 Feb. 21, 2018 June 11, 2018

General Grant Application Guidelines

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

  1. Applicants must be eligible not-for-profit agencies.
  2. Proposals must be consistent with the Mission Statement of CentraCare Health Foundation.
  3. Grants will be made to projects that 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.
  4. 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. Organizations are allowed one active grant at a time. Interim and Final reports must be in and approved prior to submitting a letter of inquiry for a new project.
  5. 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 CentraCare Health or its subsidiaries.

Grant Application Process

Create an account and submit an LOI (pre-application) online using the CentraCare Health Foundation’s grant management system.

  1. Approved LOIs will be notified of their invitation to submit a full proposal according to the grantmaking schedule provided on the Foundation’s website.
  2. The Grants Advisory Committee will recommend full proposals for funding to the Board of Directors.
  3. The Board of Directors will make final funding decisions per the grantmaking schedule provided on the Foundation’s website.
  4. Upon Board approval of an application, a grant agreement will be emailed to the recipient organization for review and signature(s).
  5. Progress reports are required on a semi-annual basis, with a final report due at the conclusion of the project. The Grants Committee reserves the right to withhold 10% on grants of $10,000 or more until all interim and final reports are submitted and approved by the Grants Committee.
  6. 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 in which no funds were awarded, the applicant must resubmit a new proposal for consideration.

Grants Awarded

Grants approved by the Foundation Board on June 12, 2017

Submitting Agency: Horizon Health
Project Name: Faith in Action Transportation Services to Medical Appointments
Project Summary: The Faith in Action program helps residents of Morrison County get to and from essential medical appointments, pick up medications and get groceries through volunteers. Our goal is to keep our senior residents living at home longer by providing transportation to essential appointments. Funds will be used for an aggressive volunteer recruitment campaign to help with the rising number of seniors entering our program. The money also will be used in training these volunteers.

Submitting Agency: Paramount Center for the Arts
Project Name: Art Sparks!
Project Summary: Trained teaching-artists and volunteers will provide four five-week arts exploration classes from September 2017 to July 2018 for those living with memory loss who are still living in their homes and their care partners. The program is based on an established model entitled Opening Doors to Memory (, which is now actively serving this population in 15 art galleries in the Upper Midwest, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Submitting Agency: Sherburne County Area United Way
Project Name: Regional Dentistry Services for Children’s Dental Services
Project Summary: This funding brings the Children's Dental Services (CDC) mobile care clinic into the community four times over the course of a year. With each visit, Children's Dental Services will be able to see roughly 15 patients, and by bringing them in repeatedly they will not only be able to ensure that a section of the underrepresented population has access to basic dental services, they will also be able to receive follow up care if needed. Children's Dental Services will be providing children from birth to age 26 and pregnant women access to dental care within their own community, and by doing so it will be working towards the improved health of the community.

Submitting Agency: Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota
Project Name: SMART Girls – A program that enhances girls’ physical and emotional health
Project Summary: The SMART Girls program was developed to offer age-specific experiences that enhance girls’ physical and emotional health. It is a small-group program that utilizes a combination of informational and experiential learning activities to help female club members from the Eastside, Roosevelt & Southside Clubs develop the knowledge and skills necessary to practice healthy lifestyle choices. BGCA has designed two age-appropriate modules of SMART Girls for implementation with girls ages 8-12 and 13-graduation from high school.

Submitting Agency: Hands of Hope Resource Center
Project Name: Violence Prevention Initiative
Project Summary: Conduct presentations (workshops), providing public information to make individuals from school children to adults to become aware of what comprises domestic and sexual violence. The project’s goal is to reduce the amount of domestic and sexual violence by educating school children to adults about what is appropriate behavior to reduce the number of domestic and sexual violence cases in Todd and Morrison Counties.

Submitting Agency: Hope Remains
Project Name: US Cuddle Cot Initiative
Project Summary: Hope Remains is a member of the US Cuddle Cot Initiative that was started by S.O.B.B.S. (Stories of Babies Born Still) from Florida. As a member of this initiative, they have made the commitment as an organization to place Cuddle Cots into every hospital in the United States. These unique pieces of medical equipment that are placed in birth centers will allow families to have extended time with baby/child after they pass away by providing an in-room cooling bed/bassinet that slows the natural process of death. This precious time can be given to families for crucial bonding, grieving and overall mental health of the parents and family members in the event of the expected or unexpected loss of a child.

Submitting Agency: Circle of Parents
Project Name: St. Cloud Chapter of Circle of Parents
Project Summary: Circle of Parents (COP) is a statewide network of parenting support groups that is open to all families in Minnesota. The St. Cloud group has been meeting since 1996. They are the only free parent group operating year around that offers food, child care, and use the mutual self-help parent support model. The group is confidential, anonymous, and non-judgmental.  It promotes positive and non-abusive parenting. There is no intake required and open to all parents. The facilitators offer community resource information that supports healthy family development.

Submitting Agency: National Kidney Foundation
Project Name: Kidney Disease Awareness Programs
Project Summary: The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to improving awareness and prevention of chronic kidney disease through early identification and treatment. KEEP healthy is the Foundation's signature program that brings kidney disease risk screening into high risk communities, identifies individuals at highest risks, and assists these individuals in obtaining further diagnosis and treatment.

Medical Mission Grants

The St. Cloud Medical Foundation Fund was set up through 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 toward 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 Honduras. Send the completed application to the CentraCare Health Foundation, 1406 Sixth Avenue N, St. Cloud, MN 56303, by Sept. 15 in order to be reviewed.

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 Spirit of Caring Award.

Contact the Foundation

Feel free to email or call 800-835-6652, ext. 52810. Get Directions.

Mailing address:

CentraCare Health Foundation
1406 Sixth Ave N.
St. Cloud, MN 56303-1901

Office address:

3001 Clearwater Road
St. Cloud, MN 56301