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Community Benefit and Outreach

Safety Net Grants

Safety Net Grants
In general, Safety Net grants will be awarded to organizations that meet:

  • Critical needs, such as hunger relief and services for the homeless – we support nonprofit organizations that meet individuals and families at their point of need so that they can overcome fundamental challenges, achieve stability, and improve their lives.
  • Services that prevent or end homelessness - we support emergency shelters, permanent supportive housing, employment training, and financial literacy so that individuals and families can move forward.
  • Networks, programs and services that work to break the cycle of poverty through education, prevention, and health/wellness activities.

Projects/programs unlikely to be funded:

  • Organizations not serving Crook, Deschutes, or Jefferson counties.
  • Legislative advocacy groups, endowment funds, multiple-year commitments.
  • Religious organizations, for the purpose of furthering a specific religious doctrine.
  • Requests that benefit a specific person or family.
  • Field trips or sports teams.
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin/immigration status, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information or any other protected class or characteristic.


Grants will be awarded for one year. Applicants who meet stated outcomes may re-submit an application each year for the three year period.


Each of the following criteria must be taken into consideration when preparing applications:

  • Clearly documented need for the project
  • Detailed description of the proposed project
  • Measurable outcomes/results
  • Feasibility in relation to time
  • Return on Investment (ROI)
  • Budget, is there other funding? If so, from where?


During 2019, there will be one opportunity to apply for funding. All applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, 2019 and award decisions will be made by the end of April. Once a decision is made, an email will be sent to each organization stating the Community Health & Benefit Task Force decision related to each application.

501(c) (3) STATUS

In order to be considered for SCHS Community Benefit funding, applicants must be registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a current 501(c) (3) organization. Community Benefit funding is also available to public schools or tax-exempt public service agencies.


Progress Reports: Each applicant will receive specific reporting guidelines depending on the project. Progress reports will describe project activity, progress to date, any changes to timeline or end goals and ROI. Every approved application will also be charged with submitting a final report.

Final Report: A final report will be due in mid-January of the subsequent year. An executive summary of the project needs to be included along with an overall description of the initiatives success and outcomes, final description of funds spent, the organization’s ability to self-sustain, lessons learned and any other pertinent information the organization feels necessary to provide.


  • Awarded organizations that provide direct patient care will be required to report more frequently.
  • Fund must be expended during the St Charles Health System fiscal year 1/1/2019 - 12/31/2019
  • St. Charles Health System Community Benefit department does not fund indirect cost.


If you need additional information or have any questions, please contact Carlos Salcedo at (541) 706-5986 or at

Click here to apply.