What We Fund

Grant Funding Areas

Applicants may address their COVID-19 funding needs through the regular grant application process. This may be for a specific program or direct support of a vulnerable population. All requests should fit within one of the impact areas listed below.

The spring grant guidelines and application are available now through March 1. Submission of a request does not guarantee funding.

Impact Areas:
  • Prenatal & Infant Care:  Funding to enable Pregnant women, new fathers, and infants to have access to free or low-cost quality care and resources for a healthy pregnancy, birth, and first year of life. (Learn More)
  • Nutrition & Food Insecurity: Funding to both provide Vulnerable, food-insecure individuals access nutritious food with dignity, and empower them to build their own sustainability. (Learn More)
  • Access to Quality, Affordable Healthcare:  Funding to support lower income and uninsured residents to have access to free or low-cost, quality healthcare, enabling them to improve their health and hope for their future. (Learn More)
  • Refugees & Immigrants:  Funding for programming that supports immigrants being welcomed with dignity and assisted in accessing healthcare and other critical resources. (Learn More)
  • Partners with the Spirit: Funding to Respond to God’s Call to partner with the Spirit consistent with the charism of Saint Katharina Kasper and tradition of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Grant requests are by invitation only from the Foundation. (Learn More)
Restricted Funds:
  • Medical EquipmentThe Frederick J. Pfeiffer Fund is for capital improvements, or acquiring medical or surgical equipment. Grants typically range from $1,000 to $10,000. (Learn More)
  • Healthcare Education: The Dr. Louis and Mrs. Anne Schneider Fellowship Fund is for continuing healthcare education. Grants are up to $2,000 annually. (Learn More)
  • Burn Care & Prevention: The Burn Care and Prevention Fund is for the improvement of the overall readiness of the community in burn care and burn prevention. Grants are up to $10,000. (Learn More)
Our Healing Kitchen:
  • Our Healing Kitchen: Our HEALing Kitchen is a “Train-the-Trainer” program to help people, especially those who are low-income or vulnerable, learn to prepare healthy and affordable meals. Using Our HEALing Kitchen curriculum, developed by Parkview Health dietitians, organizations host a series of 4 to 8 cooking and nutrition classes for anywhere from 8 to 12 students. Organizations designate a program facilitator who receives training and coaching, as well as the materials needed to teach a successful series of classes. Applications will be accepted May 10, 2021 through June 1, 2021 and will be considered on a rolling basis. (Learn More)
Angela Stanley
Questions? Contact Angela Stanley astanley@sjchf.org or 260-969.2001 ext. 206

We encourage grant seekers to discuss proposal ideas with St. Joe Foundation staff by telephone, personal appointment, or email before submitting a proposal. This will help confirm basic funding compatibility.

Our Grants

Health & Wellness Grants for Vulnerable Populations

These funds are to advance programs, projects and partnerships that address the needs of vulnerable populations. The St. Joe Foundation is particularly interested in programming and ideas that improve the health of pregnant women and infants; address nutrition and food insecurity; improve access to quality healthcare; and assist refugees and immigrants in bettering their health. Grants typically ranging from $5,000 to $35,000.

Medical Equipment

The Frederick J. Pfeiffer Fund is for capital improvements, or acquiring medical or surgical equipment. Grants typically range from $1,000 to $10,000.

Service to the Poor

The Saint Katharina Kasper Award is for agencies serving the poor. Grants are up to $1,500 annually.

Healthcare Education

The Dr. Louis and Mrs. Anne Schneider Fellowship Fund is for continuing healthcare education. Grants are up to $2,000 annually.

Burn Care & Prevention

The Burn Care and Prevention Fund is for the improvement of the overall readiness of the community in burn care and burn prevention. Grants are up to $10,000.

Raymond Rosenberger – Minette Baum Award

This award honors an individual who provides diligent and faithful service to alleviate human suffering or to enhance the quality of life of a person afflicted with illness or injury. The award recipient is nominated by the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation.

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