Supporting Resident-led Health Solutions

Community grants are available to directly support residents seeking to improve their community’s health. The Resident Advancement Committee independently awards community grants to ensure that local leaders have access to resources that help them close the health equity gap.

Whether it’s a community garden, a pocket park, or a mentoring program, neighbors and small nonprofits within Saint Luke’s footprint, residents can receive up to $6,000 towards their local initiatives and projects. 


How to Apply for a Community Grant

Community Grants are exclusively available to residents in Buckeye – Shaker, Mt. Pleasant, and Woodland Hills from March-September annually. These funds provide community leaders, the true experts in the community, with the resources necessary to turn their local ideas into projects that improve the health of their neighbors.

Community Grants are available for resident-led projects in the following areas:

  • Educational Attainment
  • Financial Stability
  • Housing Stability & Safety
  • Social Connections
  • Advocacy, Policy, and Community Engagement
  • Access to Healthy Food and Actively Living 

If you meet the above criteria, please follow the steps below:

March 4, 2024

Second Quarter
Decision mid-March

May 6, 2024

Third Quarter
Decision mid-May

July 1, 2024

Fourth Quarter
Decision mid-July

September 2, 2024

Fourth Quarter
Decision mid-September

December 13, 2024

If you’re seeking a grant for your resident-led project, get in touch with us by calling or emailing at to arrange a meeting. It’s important to reach out at least 2-3 months before your project begins.

In your email, include information about your group or small nonprofit and details about the project for which you’re seeking funding (including: project leader name, project name, rough timeline, and 2-3 sentences on what you’d like to do and how much it will cost). During the meeting, we may have a few follow up questions about your project and discuss potential collaborations and resources.

If the Resident Advancement Committee members determine that your project aligns well with Saint Luke’s goals, you will receive an email  inviting you to apply and will include instructions on how to do so through our grants portal.

Contact Us

Once you receive an invitation to apply for a Community Grant, please review the Community Grant application questions and submit your application in our grant portal.

If you are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, you can either create a new account or log into your existing account in the grant portal here where you may submit your application. If this is your first time applying for a community grant with the Foundation, you must create an account in our grant portal before completing your application. To create a new account, click on “Create New Account.”

For individuals or community groups without a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, you can still receive a grant by collaborating with a fiscal sponsor—a trusted 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The fiscal sponsor will need to agree to apply for, receive, and manage the funds, and report back to the foundation on your behalf. Please be aware that some fiscal sponsors may charge a small fee for this service, so inquire about their process and any stipulations they may have.

If you encounter any issues accessing your account or creating a new one, feel free to contact the grants staff at 216-431-8010 or Ensure that you submit your application through the grants portal by the specified dates, or if you’re using a fiscal sponsor, submit it to them 10-14 days before these deadlines.

Download Community Grant Application

Approximately 2-3 weeks after you submit your application, the Resident Advancement Committee will meet and decide which projects to fund and at what amount. 

Within 4-5 weeks of submitting your application you and/or your fiscal sponsor should  receive a follow up email either with additional questions from the committee or an answer regarding your request for funding. If the application is approved, both the grant applicant and their fiscal sponsors will receive an email notification outlining the next steps.

Grant applicants can anticipate notification of the committee’s decision approximately four to five weeks after submitting their application.

If your application is approved by the Resident Advancement Committee, an email will be sent to notify you that an electronic grant agreement must be signed. Please log in to our online grants portal to complete this process. Once submitted, you (or your fiscal sponsor) can expect to receive your first check within a few weeks.

For electronic payments, please submit a completed ACH form along with a voided check via email to

If you need help navigating the grant portal to sign the grant agreement, refer to our Grant Agreement Video Tutorial.

Download ACH Form

You have one year to utilize your grant funds. Eleven months after your award date, you’ll receive a reminder email indicating that your final report is due within 30 days. You have the flexibility to submit your final report through one of the following methods:

  • Write: Submit a final report directly in our grant portal
  • Talk: Engage in a discussion about your project with a Program Officer
  • Present: Participate in the Final Report Party held by Resident Advancement Committee

If your community project was funded in 2024, and if you opted to do a brief presentation on your project then, you will receive an invitation to attend our Community Grant Final Report Partyin January 2025. This event is an opportunity to: hear from other local leaders and grant recipients, learn about the great work happening all over the neighborhood, talk about your projects successes, eat a delicious meal, meet members of the Resident Advancement Committee who awarded you the grant funds, and to interact with the Saint Luke’s staff and Board of Directors.

Download Community Grant Final Report Template

About the RAC

Resident Advancement Committee

The Resident Advancement Committee (RAC), Saint Luke’s grantmaking body of community members who oversee the Foundation’s community discretionary budget.

Through the RAC, residents of the Saint Luke’s footprint have the opportunity to review the Foundation’s Community Grant applications and award up to $140,000 annually for initiatives that zero in on the social, economic, and environmental factors which shape health in their own neighborhoods. 

The RAC, 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.

Are you interested in joining the Resident Advancement Committee? Join the committee and play a role in where grant dollars go in your community.

Apply To Join the Resident Advancement Committee here: Committee Application


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