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Community Grants

Grant Making Schedule 2020

Spring Grants Cycle

Submit Letters of Inquiry: Feb. 3 through March 2, 2020
Foundation Invites or Declines Full Proposal: March 20, 2020
Full Proposal Due: April 20, 2020
Funding Decision Made: June 8, 2020

Fall Grants Cycle

Submit Letters of Inquiry: June 15 through July 10, 2020
Foundation Invites or Declines Full Proposal: July 24, 2020
Full Proposal Due: Aug. 21, 2020
Funding Decision Made: Oct. 12, 2020

Access the online submission process.

Brief Description

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

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

Guiding Principles

  • Enhances our Central Minnesota 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 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.
  6. Internal CentraCare requests.

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 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 population.

If you have a current grant with CentraCare Foundation, please login to access your grant and reporting requirements.

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 percent. Due to this, the CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center, CentraCare 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: