Community Discretionary

We are proud to announce The Resident Advancement Committee, a grantmaking body of 9 community members that will oversee the Foundation’s community discretionary budget.


The Resident Advancement Committee members are:

  • Robin Brown
  • Calista Cottingham 
  • Ashley Evans 
  • Deborah Gray
  • Toni Johnson
  • Mark McClain 
  • Joshua Perkins McHam
  • R.L. (Bob) Render III 
  • Susan Rozman

What & Where:

Through the Resident Advancement Committee, residents of the Saint Luke’s footprint have the opportunity to review the Foundation’s Community Grant applications and award up to $100,000 annually for initiatives in their own neighborhoods. 

The RAC awards grants to projects under $15,000 to groups and small organizations that advance health equity in the following neighborhoods:

  • Buckeye
  • Shaker Square
  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Woodland Hills
  • Larchmere
  • Ludlow
  • CHALK (Cormere, Haddam, Ardoon, Larchmere, Kemper)

Find a map outlining these neighborhoods here.

Examples of RAC projects funded in 2020:

The Entrepreneur 180 Course, which "“teaches women how to become better business owners to navigate the struggles of being a business owner and making our community ‘A Better Land’ in the process” 

Buckeye Pocket Parks maintenance on three streets


The Resident Advancement Committee and the grants they award widen Saint Luke's scope of influence, enhance Foundation learning, and offer residents decision-making power to promote change in their own communities.  This participatory model was developed to help the Foundation better connect with the people in our footprint - establishing a deeper understanding of the opportunities, needs, and barriers residents face daily; and to further promote equity, which is a core of the Foundation’s health equity strategy.  


Interested in applying for funding? 

Tell us a little about your project via email or give us a call at 216-704-6089. Once we receive your inquiry, we will schedule a "get acquainted meeting" to determine next steps.

We look forward to learning more about you and your project!


The grant deadlines for 2021 are:

March 1
May 3
July 5
September 7
November 1

Note: Community grants are awarded approximately 30 days after the application deadline.

March 4, 2020 - Update

Our Resident Advancement Committee has held its first meeting. This group of 11 residents from Mt. Pleasant, Buckeye, Larchmere and Woodhilll areas was established so that we might leverage the lived experience and expertise of engaged residents to award discretionary funding to community-centered initiatives. 

The committee will be empowered to authorize small grants to community-based organizations. We are grateful to those who so willingly volunteered their time. Engaging residents in our work can only improve our effectiveness and ability to have meaningful impact on the community we care so much about.

December 20, 2019 - Update

There were 36 residents that applied to join the committee, and 21 applicants have been invited to interview in January.

There will be a total of 10 members selected. The committee composition will be intergenerational and include three residents from both Buckeye and Mt. Pleasant, two from Woodhill/Woodland Hills, and two from the Shaker Square/Larchmere/CHALK/Ludlow area.

Thank you to all of the community members that applied for the RAC. We hope to continue to build an ongoing partnership with you.

November, 2019 - Update

Thank you to everyone that helped spread the word and/or submitted an application for the Resident Advancement Committee! We are ecstatic about the 36 applications that we have received. The team is currently reviewing all submissions to select the interview candidates. We will continue to update you as we move through the selection process.