What We Fund

Eligibility Requirements

Applications for grants are accepted to address identified needs in Allen County, Indiana. 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 focus must be on serving low-income, vulnerable individuals in body, mind, and spirit who live in Allen County, Indiana.
  • The agency should have expertise in working with vulnerable populations, with at least 50% of their work directed toward helping low-income, marginalized people.
  • Programming should foster mutually beneficial relationships between clients and staff, promoting shared growth, respect, and spiritual fulfillment.
  • In 2024, preference will be given to projects focusing on pregnant women and infants, immigrants and refugees, food and nutrition insecure individuals, and access to quality, affordable health and wellness care.
  • The Foundation will consider requests for program and operating support, program-related equipment, staff continuing education, technical assistance, and matching funds. The Foundation does NOT fund building projects/capital, elimination of deficits, political activities, individuals, or projects that are already completed.
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)
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 6 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 March 1 through April 1, 2024. (Learn More)
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. (Learn More)

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.


  • For grants impacting vulnerable populations, contact Meg Distler, mdistler@sjchf.org or 260.969.2001 ext. 201
  • For nutrition & food insecurity grants, contact Mary Tyndall, mtyndall@sjchf.org or 260.969.2001 ext. 205
  • For grant portal technical assistance, contact Marla Rust, mrust@sjchf.org or 260.969.2001 ext. 200