Application Process

Application Process

Saint Luke's has three forms of grantmaking: board grants, general discretionary and community discretionary.

Board Grants

Please note that board grant applications for the third and fourth quarters of 2020 will only be accepted from current grantees of the Saint Luke's Foundation. Learn More

This is not true for discretionary and community discretionary grants.

Grant applications over $15,000 must be reviewed and approved by the board of directors. We are working in 2020 to focus on refining the implementation of our health equity strategy and developing appropriate theories of change for each of our objectives. We will provide updates on this work on the web site as the year goes on.


June 22, 2020 (decision at board meeting early September)

September 21, 2020 (decision at board meeting early December)

Please submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on the above dates.

General Discretionary Grants

Discretionary grants of $15,000 or less are accepted and approved on a rolling basis (no deadline). Please contact prior to submitting an application. Applicants will be notified of a decision within four weeks of submission. 

Purpose: Requests for discretionary funding will be considered for time-sensitive or one-time requests under $15,000 that are tied to our strategy. These might include leveraging or matching opportunities, capacity building, or grants to organizations with whom we are just starting a relationship. Discretionary dollars can also be used for special projects such as a strategic plan or summer program initiative. Finally, discretionary grants can be used to fund pilot projects. 

As is the case with all kind of grantmaking the Foundation does, a conversation with a member of the program staff will be required before submitting an application. This can take place over the phone. Click here to email us and set up a meeting now.

Community Discretionary Grants

Community discretionary grants are non-board grants for $15,000 or less that provide programming/and or services in the SLF footprint but are not related to a one-time specific event. They must be made to a 501(c)(3) organization and not to a vendor. The Foundation’s community discretionary budget for 2020 will be $150,000.

Please note, the community discretionary grantmaking process will change in 2020. The Resident Advancement Committee, comprised of residents from the Buckeye, Mt.Pleasant, Larchmere and Woodhill areas, not staff, will review and approve applications. If you are interested in applying for a community discretionary grant, please click here to learn more about the process. 

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.

See our 'What We Fund' page for more information on our funding priorities and what we do not fund.

Grantmaking Process

Get Acquainted Meetings

Only after reviewing the above “Who Can Apply” section, learning about our funding priorities and determining if you are a fit, then please contact us to schedule this meeting in advance of submitting an application. 

Review Grant Application Requirements

Review the questions for the application at our public apply link--however, you must apply after creating an account in the system. You will receive an email confirmation when you submit. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please contact the Grants Manager at 216-431-8010.

In addition to the written proposal, 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. If you have any questions or concerns, contact our Grants Manager at 216-431-8010

Site Visit

A site visit may be part of the process. We will contact you to schedule if necessary.

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 log in to our online grants dashboard to submit this. Once that is submitted, you will receive your first check in a few weeks.

Final reports are an integral part of grantmaking at the Foundation. All staff and board will see your final report. Please make every effort to answer each question fully. 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.

For questions or technical issues, please contact our Grants Manager at or 216-431-8010