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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 Fall Winter Spring
Submit letters of inquiry June 18 -
July 13, 2018
Oct. 1 -
Nov. 2, 2018
Feb. 2 -
March 4, 2019
Foundation invites or
declines full proposal
July 27, 2018 Nov. 21, 2018 March 18, 2019
Full proposal due Aug. 24, 2018 Dec. 17, 2018 April 12, 2019
Funding decision made Oct. 8, 2018 Feb. 20, 2019 June 10, 2019

The current 2019-2020 grantmaking cycle is under review, please check back later for updates.

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 October 8, 2018

Submitting Agency: Circle of Parents
Project Name: St. Cloud Chapter of Circle of Parents
Amount awarded: $2280
Project Summary: Circle of Parents is proposing a new innovative way to reach fathers. Men are an underserved population in local parenting programs. Goodwill Easter Seals and Circle of Parents will collaborate to bring a once-a-month Breakout Session. This new project will have the fathers and mothers separate to work on more role-specific parenting skills. The project will be offered from October 2018 to October 2019.

Submitting Agency: Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
Project Name: Seizure Smart Higher Education
Amount awarded: $5,000
Project Summary: Seizure Smart Higher Education is a health education program that takes a holistic approach to ensure that communities are safe for all with epilepsy. The Seizure Smart Higher Education program is aimed at providing seizure recognition and response training to students, campus housing, first responders, nursing program participants and campus disability services located on post-secondary institutions. This program will center around: Providing seminars, trainings, new written materials and a workshop in the Central Minnesota region to post-secondary institutions.

Submitting Agency: The ALS Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter
Project Name: Durable Medical Equipment Loan Pool and Home Safety Program
Amount Awarded: $20,000
Project Summary: Funding will be allocated to the Durable Medical Equipment Loan Pool and Home Safety Program, which work in conjunction to support existing health services by promoting safely aging in place throughout disease progression. The Durable Medical Equipment Loan Pool provides durable medical equipment to persons with ALS. Occupational and physical therapists recommend and request equipment to help individuals stay safe, conserve energy and maintain their independence. Equipment includes items like power chairs, hospital beds and adaptive utensils, all of which help the person living with ALS and their caregiver.

Submitting Agency: CentraCare Health
Project Name: Researching the Impact of Health Care-led Community Well-Being Initiatives
Amount awarded: $50,000
Project Summary: CentraCare Health (CCH) is seeking start-up funds to engage with a qualified academic research organization to catalyze innovative research examining the impact of health and well-being initiatives led by a health care organization. Since 2014, broad-based community wellness initiatives, along with policies, systems and environment (PSE) strategies, preventive services and programming have been executed in the service market area served by CentraCare Health – Long Prairie and throughout Todd County. This shift, placing a priority on prevention and population health rather than the treatment of illness and disease, was prompted by the rising cost of health care and the urgency to create community well-being, enhance quality of life, strengthen cultural unity and promote healthy lifestyles.

Submitting Agency: CentraCare Clinic
Project Name: Weighting for Transplant
Amount awarded: $24,263
Project Summary: Obesity is a major contributor in the development of kidney disease. When kidneys fail (ESRD), one of two treatments are needed to sustain life: dialysis or kidney transplant. Dialysis, although life-saving in the short term, is a suboptimal treatment for kidney failure, associated with poor quality of life, multiple comorbidities, high cost and short life expectancy. One criterion for kidney transplant is a BMI (Body Mass Index) of <35. Excess weight (BMI > 35) is the third-most common reason to deny a patient from being LISTED on waiting lists. Within CentraCare’s Nephrology Clinics and chronic dialysis units, multiple patients have been identified as needing to lose weight to be eligible for kidney or pancreas/kidney transplant.

AED Grant Applications

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States with a mere overall survival rate of 8%. Due to this, the CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center, CentraCare Health Foundation and Mended Hearts would like to partner with you to greatly improve survival rates through a community-wide approach for faster and better treatment. We offer these two grant opportunities:

AED With Wall Mount (PDF) or Word document

AED for Outdoor SaveStation (PDF) or Word document

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.

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