Saint Luke's Foundation

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Grantmaking Program Areas

Saint Luke’s Foundation provides funding in its three strategic program areas. Please click on the links below to learn more:

Healthy PeopleA Strong NeighborhoodResilient Families

In addition to these programs, the Foundation allocates a small amount of resources to strengthening the nonprofit sector at large.

Grantmaking Process

Get Acquainted Meetings

  • Please review the “Who Can Apply” section (shown at right on this page) and the three grantmaking program areas (click on icons above) PRIOR to contacting the Foundation to schedule a Get Acquainted meeting with a senior program officer.
  • If you feel you may be a fit, please contact Angel Johnson to schedule this meeting in advance of submitting an application.
  • In lieu of a Letter of Inquiry (LOI), these meetings help determine a fit between the organization and the Foundation.

Review Grant Application Requirements

  • Review the questions for the application herehowever applications must be submitted in our online system to be considered.
  • Required documents will include budget forms using your own format, an organizational chart, your most recent audited financial statements and a current board list.

Submit Online Application

  • Login here if you know your login information.
  • Please review this PDF for further login instructions.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, contact Grants Manager Kristen Summers or at 216-431-8010

Site Visit

  • If your proposal is determined to be within the Foundation’s areas of interest, a site visit will be scheduled during the site visit week listed in the deadlines. Site visits are a mandatory part of the grantmaking process.
  • The site visit provides Foundation staff and trustees with detailed information for further consideration. Click here for Site Visit Guidelines.

Grant Agreement and Reporting

  • If your application is approved, you will be sent an email notifying you that an electronic grant agreement must be signed. Please login to our online grants dashboard to submit this. Once that is submitted, you will receive your first check in a few weeks.
  • Your follow-up reporting requirements will be listed in your online grants dashboard with their respective due dates. A reminder email will be sent one month before the due date. Please be sure to submit your reports on time.
  • If you have any questions about those, please contact Grants Manager Kristen Summers or at 216-431-8010.

For questions or technical issues, please contact
our Grants Manager, Kristen Summers.
Phone: (216) 431-8010


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Download the Saint Luke’s Foundation grantmaking overview brochure.

Who Can Apply?

Applicants must be either an organization designated as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, with a non-private foundation status with the IRS, or a governmental unit or agency.

The Foundation provides grants to organizations supporting Cuyahoga County’s underserved communities.

The Foundation does not fund:

  • Individuals
  • Religious organizations for religious or evangelical purposes
  • Projects outside Cuyahoga County that do not directly benefit Cuyahoga County residents
  • Fundraising events
  • Endowment funds
  • Biomedical research
  • Debt retirement
  • Lobbying
  • Private foundations or public charities with a 509(a)(3), Type III., Non-Functionally Integrated designation with the IRS.

Grant Application Deadlines & Resources

Grant Application Deadlines for 2017 Submissions

For grant applications over $20,000:

CYCLE 1: Proposal Deadline: April 3, 2017
Site Visits: May 8-12, Decision Date: July 13
CYCLE 2: Proposal Deadline: July 5, 2017
Site Visits: Sept. 6-13, Decision Date: Oct. 19
CYCLE 3: Proposal Deadline: Oct. 2, 2017
Site Visits: Oct. 30 – Nov. 3
Decision Date: Dec. 14
Discretionary grants of $20,000 or less: Accepted and approved on a rolling basis.  Please contact the appropriate Senior Program Officer prior to submitting an application. Applicants will be notified of a decision within four weeks of submission.

Grant Application Video Tutorials

– Online Account Setup
– Online Application


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