Grants

Application Process

Application Process

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

Contact our staff at grants@stlukesfdn.org with information about your organization, project, and desired amount to find out which process is right for you.

Board Grants

Deadlines for board grants:

  • 2nd Quarter: March 14, 2022 (decision at board meeting mid-June)
  • 3rd Quarter: June 13, 2022 (decision at board meeting early September)
  • 4th Quarter: September 12, 2022 (decision at board meeting early December)

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

Applications are accepted by invitation only—applicants who we feel are a good fit for our strategies will be given an access code to complete the application after speaking with a staff member through our Get Acquainted process (in lieu of an LOI). Please contact grants@stlukesfdn.org with details about your organization and the project for which you are seeking funding, and you will be matched with a staff member to learn more about your organization and request.


Staff Discretionary Grants

Discretionary grants are decided by the staff and accepted and approved on a rolling basis (no deadline)

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. Please contact grants@stlukesfdn.org  with details about your organization and the project for which you are seeking funding. Applications are accepted by invitation only--applicants who we feel are a good fit for our strategies will be given an access code to complete the application. Applicants will be notified of a decision within four weeks of submission. 

Community Grants via the Resident Advancement Committee

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 grant, please click here to learn more about the process and find their deadlines. 


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. If your organization does not have this designation, you may use a fiscal sponsor--please notify Saint Luke's staff if this is the case. 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. In the email, please provide details about your organization and the project for which you are seeking funding. Applications are accepted by invitation only—applicants who we feel are a good fit for our strategies will be given an access code to complete the 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 staff at 216-431-8010.

In addition to the written proposal, board grants require the following documents: budget forms (using your own format), an organizational chart, your most recent audited financial statements, and a current board list.

Download Board Grant Application Questions

Download Discretionary Grant Application Questions



Submit Online Application

Login here if you know your login information. If you need to create a new account, click on "Create New Account". 

Follow along with this short video on how to login, navigate the poral, enter the access code, and complete the application.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact our grants staff at 216-431-8010.

Site Visit

A site visit may be part of the process for board grant applications. We will contact you to schedule.

Site visit weeks for 2022 are:

  • 2nd Quarter: Week of April 11th
  • 3rd Quarter: Week of July 11th
  • 4th Quarter: Week of October 17th


Grant Agreement, Payment, 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.

Here is a short video on navigating the portal to sign the agreement. Please submit the following ACH form and a voided check via email to be paid electronically.

Download ACH Form

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 staff at grants@stlukesfdn.org or 216-431-8010