Funding Opportunities

Investing in Leaders' Visions, Goals, and Dreams

Understanding that our work extends beyond grantmaking, we see funding opportunities as a vital means to forge impactful partnerships. Our grantmaking approach is an infusion of the principles of trust-based philanthropy, grassroots philanthropy, and participatory grantmaking as we work to improve community health outcomes.

We commit to build trusting partnerships because we recognize the transformative power of uniting resources
and visions to uplift communities.

Our 2023 Neighborhoods Investments

Making Deeper Neighborhood Impact



26.5% of 2023 Grant dollars touched the Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood.



32.6% of 2023 Grant dollars touched the Buckeye/Woodhill neighborhood.


Mt. Pleasant

31.2% of 2023 Grant dollars touched Mt. Pleasant neighborhood.


Cuyahoga County

9.7% of 2023 Grant dollars awarded in other areas outside of our footprint.

What We Fund

  • The foundation funds programs that serve the Woodhill, Buckeye-Shaker, and Mount Pleasant neighborhoods; and,
  • All programs funded must serve at least one of the three Saint Luke’s neighborhoods; and,
  • Funding consideration for programs extending outside of the Saint Luke’s footprint will be based upon the applicant’s:
    • Volume of the proposed services within Saint Luke’s Footprint
    • Existing programs within the Saint Luke’s Footprint
    • Existing relationships with stakeholders of the foundation


  • The foundation considers operational grants to organizations that consistently serve Cuyahoga County and at least one of the three Saint Luke’s neighborhoods
  • Strategy Partners (formerly known as grantees) are considered for operational funding based on strategy alignment (e.g., the organization as a whole or a particular program) as well as our relationship with and knowledge of the organization.
  • Capital investment grants are primarily for projects related to improving physical spaces within Saint Luke’s footprint
  • Please note that the Saint Luke’s Foundation does not fund private development projects or investments
  • The foundation supports policy advocacy work impacting Cuyahoga County that is consistent with the advocacy objectives of our strategic plan
  • Research & policy advocacy work does not have to take place within Saint Luke’s footprint
  • Research and policy work funded by the foundation must engage the impacted population within Cuyahoga County. Research must adhere to the principles of community-based participatory research.
  • Discretionary grants up to the board mandated level, generally up to $25,000
  • From time to time the Saint Luke’s Foundation will join partner with other local foundations for collective impact on an urgent local crisis
  • On rare occasion the Saint Luke’s board may consider funding outside of its strategic focus for unusual, unique and unpredictable events such as natural disasters and other acts of God within Cuyahoga County

What We Don't Fund

  • Religious organizations for religious or evangelical purposes
  • Individuals
  • Projects outside Cuyahoga County that do not directly benefit Cuyahoga County residents
  • Fundraising events
  • Endowment funds
  • Biomedical research
  • Debt retirement or reduction
  • Funding shortfalls
  • Lobbying
  • Private Foundations or public charities with 509(a)(3), Type III, Non Functionally Integrated designation from the IRS
  • Organizations that in their constitution, by-laws or practices discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious beliefs
  • Private development projects or investments


Saint Luke’s Latest News & Updates

We and our strategy partners work together to close the health equity gaps. Stay informed about our latest initiatives, grantmaking news, and upcoming events, as well as the recent efforts of our strategy partners.