In 2020, St. Charles Health System worked to further the organization’s knowledge and understanding around the topics of inclusivity, diversity, equity and acceptance (IDEA). The health system engaged in conversations with the diverse communities it serves, listened to their needs and is now offering support for this work.

To that end, St. Charles has created a new grant category that is centered on supporting community partners that aspire to integrate IDEA best practices in their own organizational culture, helping meet St. Charles’ vision of "creating America's healthiest community, together." This grant category is intended to help organizations integrate 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