Community benefit grants

St. Charles Health System's Community Benefit department has completed the Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) and accompanying Implementation Plans for each of the communities served by St. Charles. These documents can be found on the Community Health Needs Assessment page.

After assessing the different CHNA priorities by taking into account the severity of the issue, St. Charles' ability to impact the issue, alignment with St. Charles’ mission and vision, along with existing community and internal resources, St. Charles Health System selected Alcohol Misuse Prevention as the strategic priority for the period of 2020-2023 for communities served by St. Charles. For the next three years St. Charles will provide Alcohol Misuse Prevention Grant funding opportunities to local organizations that are working on this priority. 

In addition to our Alcohol Misuse Prevention focus, St. Charles will also fund basic needs grants. Safety net organizations play a vital role in helping meet our vision of “Creating America’s healthiest community, together.” 

St. Charles will no longer sponsor events where alcohol is the primary focus – this includes fundraising events where alcohol is prominently featured in the title or promotional materials. 

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 or immigration status, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information or any other protected class or characteristic.
  • Organizations that do not have a process in place to ensure that the event will remain free of offensive, hateful, discriminatory content and actions.

Available grants: 

Alcohol misuse prevention grants  

In order to be considered for approval, programs must address St. Charles’ CHNA Priority of Alcohol Misuse Prevention and must fall into one or more of the categories listed below. Grants are awarded quarterly: 

  • Community health improvement 
  • Community education 
  • Health professions education 
  • Subsidized health services 
  • Research 
  • Community building activities 

Basic needs grants 

In order to be considered for approval, applications must address one or more of the categories listed below. Grants are awarded quarterly: 

  • Focus on unmet needs in underserved and vulnerable populations 
  • Provide clearly defined project description and population served 
  • Be collaborative, involving partnerships with St. Charles Health System and other organizations 
  • Reduce duplication of efforts 
  • Demonstrate project innovation, in line with best practices and demonstrate potential impact 
  • Use quality indicators to measure progress and outcomes, reporting results and sharing them widely to attract more resources 
  • Plan for self-sufficiency, where appropriate 

IDEA Grant

In 2020, St. Charles began the process of understanding where our organization may be falling short around the topics of inclusivity, diversity, equity and acceptance (IDEA). To find solutions, we have engaged in conversations with our diverse populations, listened, learned and are committed to improving our culture. We are committed to educating ourselves to better understand community issues through diversity, equity and inclusion development training and to seek out opportunities to better reflect our communities.

To that end, we are adopting a new grant category that is centered around supporting community partners who aspire to integrate IDEA best practices alongside our organization. This grant category is intended to help organizations implement the foundational principles of IDEA into their organizations to better serve their target population.

To be eligible to apply, organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a 501(c)3 nonprofit entity
  • Demonstrate a direct focus on advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and acceptance in the community
  • Be able to clearly define the project and population served for the grant request
  • Demonstrate project innovation, in alignment with best practices and the potential impact of the program

Proposals can be submitted at any time and requests are reviewed three times a year in February, May and September.  

Last date to submit:

For notification on:

Feb. 1

Feb. 28

May 1

May 31

Sept. 1

Sept. 30

Click here to apply online