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Community Health Improvement Grants

community health improvement grants

Our Community Health Improvement Grants program is one way we are working with others to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable and underserved populations in the communities we serve.

Collaborating 501(c)3 non-profit organizations apply to receive grant funds from our hospitals to address significant issues in community health needs assessments. These can include improving access to health care, mental health, social services, health education, safe shelter and housing, food, violence prevention, and more.  

The grant program helps to improve community health and health equity, and enhance local service systems, via restricted charitable contributions for defined projects.

Application Period

The annual application period opens on July 17, 2023 and extends to September 8.  You are invited to read eligibility criteria, find participating hospitals, and learn how to apply below.  Please also download the program overview document.

Participating Hospitals

Participating hospitals include those of Catholic Health Initiatives, Dignity Health and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. These hospitals are all part of CommonSpirit Health, which was created in 2019 when Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health came together to create a national health system.

Some hospitals located close to one another may collaborate on a single grant process, and not each accept separate proposals.   A complete list of participating hospitals can be downloaded here.

Grant Award Ranges

Grant awards have minimum and maximum amounts that vary by hospital.  These amounts are listed in this document and on the grant application web portal. 

Eligibility Criteria

This is a summary of eligibility criteria.  The program overview document contains additional important details. 

  • Applicants must be IRS 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, or have a fiscal agent that is a 501(c)3 organization and capable of administering grant funds. 
  • Proposals are for projects that address one or more significant health needs in the hospital’s most recent community health needs assessment (CHNA) or implementation strategy, with sustained project activity over the course of between 9 and 12 months.
  • The program is intended both to support the delivery of services and to strengthen collaborative service systems. Consistent with this aim, proposals for grant projects of $20,000 or more must include collaborating partner organizations.
  • People and communities to be served are within the hospital’s service area and include identified underserved or vulnerable populations, to help address health inequities.  People to be served can include members of the community at-large, patients of CommonSpirit Health entities or both.
  • Proposals are for one year periods only.  Applicants can apply in subsequent years for similar scopes of work or to conduct different projects, but projects will not be funded for more than four consecutive years. 
  • Ineligible proposals include those for unrestricted general operating support, event sponsorships and activities less than 9 months in duration. 
  • The grant program does not fund capital projects, lobbying or political campaigns. 
  • The grant program does not fund indirect costs.

Applying for a Grant

All applications are submitted online via our grant portal, which will be open from July 17 – September 8.  Prospective applicants are invited to download this file containing the application questions, read frequently asked questions, and view this applicant training video on using the grant portal. 

There are two application links, one for small grants under $20,000 and another for standard grants of $20,000-100,000.  The Hospital List file specifies the grant award ranges for each hospital, and should be consulted prior to following an application link.

Key Dates

July 17 – September 8, 2023: Grant application period is open. Applicant organizations can apply online.

November 20, 2023: Applicants are notified of funding decisions.

December 2023: Grant agreements are signed, followed by grant award payments.

January 1, 2024: Grant project period begins.

July 31, 2024: Mid-year project reports due.

December 31, 2024: Grant project period ends.

February 15, 2025: Final project reports due.


Questions and Technical Assistance

  • Questions about local hospitals’ grant priorities and processes can be addressed to the appropriate Local Grant Leaders noted on the participating hospitals list
  • General questions about the Community Health Improvement Grants program can be directed to [email protected].