St. Elizabeth Community Hospital Announces Dignity Health Community Grant Funding Opportunity 2013

St. Elizabeth Community Hospital, a Dignity Health Member, is preparing for the annual community grants application process. The Community Grants Process is a grant funding opportunity made possible to eligible 501(c) 3 organizations and agencies. Grant dollars are based on the financial performance of St. Elizabeth Community Hospital. Total dollars available for this year is $38,184 to applicants, upon approval.

The Dignity Health Community Grant application process begins in June with the submission of an electronic copy of the letter of intent. All funding requests must be for no less than $10,000. The letters of intent are reviewed by a selection committee organized by Sr. Pat Manoli, Senior Director of Mission Integration, whereby finalists are invited to submit a full proposal. All community grant forms are available on the Dignity Health website and may be submitted to northstategrants@hotmail.com. The letters of intent are due June 21, 5 p.m.; only electronic copies of the letter of intent and full proposal will be accepted. Grant projects should focus on collaboration and partnership among programs and directly impact one of the top identified health needs of the community as chosen by the St. Elizabeth Community Hospital Advisory Council from the 2011 Community Health Needs Assessment. These areas include Obesity, Drug Abuse and Chronic Health Conditions such as Diabetes or Congestive Heart Failure.

Sr. Pat Manoli explains, “The Community Grant program is an important part of our role in the community and a meaningful way we can demonstrate our values and support of health and wellness in the community. We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of community members who enjoy their involvement on the selection committee and the help of Amy Schutter of North State Grant Solutions to ensure our process is objective and directly tied to our community health needs.”

This year a new form of support for applicants will be offered by St. Elizabeth. Amy of North State Grant Solutions will hold office hours to assist anyone submitting a letter of intent application. Amy will be in the Coyne Center on the St. Elizabeth campus from 3:00 – 4:30. Appointments are on a first come first serve basis. Amy, a graduate of Chico State with a degree in Health and Community Services and holds a National Certified Health Education Specialist certificate. Amy has been a private grant consultant for the past eight years helping clients to design requests for proposals, proposal evaluation systems, grant writing, and reviewing proposals. In the past five years, Amy has successfully procured over $3 million in competitive grants and has assisted in applications procuring an additional 35 million. She is assisting Sr. Pat Manoli in the Community Grant process for the third year as North State Grant Solutions.

The objectives of the Dignity Health Community Grants program include focusing on disproportionate health-related unmet needs of the community, emphasizing primary prevention and addressing underlying causes of health problems contributing to a seamless continuum of care, building community capacity and emphasizing collaboration.

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