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Basic Needs/Direct Service Grants Program

Grants to Ohio and West Virginia Nonprofits and Agencies
to Help Disadvantaged Populations in the Mid-Ohio Valley Region

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Sisters Health Foundation (SHF)

Deadline Date:

07/11/18 Midnight


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Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to Ohio and West Virginia nonprofits and public institutions in eligible Counties for direct services that meet basic human needs. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Programs must benefit residents within the funding source’s service area of Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, and Wood Counties in West Virginia; and Athens, Meigs, and Washington Counties in Ohio.

Organizations that provide direct service in the form of material aid such as food, personal needs items, and emergency assistance to poor and vulnerable populations are encouraged to apply. Those who currently have such programs will indicate how their work helps strengthen individuals and families receiving basic needs services take a step forward.

In addition to helping people on the brink of crisis, this grant program serves as an opportunity to connect families with needed services.

Note: Up to 10% of the grant can be used for administrative purposes.

Priority Areas for All Grants:

Oral Health - Projects and strategies that promote improved oral health, particularly in children, by promoting one or more of the following:

-Improved oral health and hygiene in pregnant women and young children
-Increased access to professional dental care for the uninsured and underinsured
-Development of a positive culture for oral health in the Mid-Ohio Valley
-Effective education of parents and children in the practice of good oral hygiene
-Advocacy of policy changes that promote and support improvement in oral health

Healthy Lifestyles - Projects and strategies that prevent chronic health conditions by promoting healthy eating and active living through one or more of the following:

-Education about the health implications of obesity, poor nutrition, and inactivity
-Environmental changes that make healthy choices the easy choices
-Increased access to healthy foods
-Promotion and provision of opportunities for increased physical activity
-Advocacy of policy changes that promote and encourage healthy lifestyles

Health Equity - Projects and strategies that address socioeconomic, racial, and geographic disparities in health care by:

-Improving the accessibility, affordability, and quality of health care, as well as eliminating conditions such as poverty and discrimination that contribute to health disparities.
-Building on strong local leadership within the community served
-Utilizing and increasing broad and effective support within the community
-Advocating for policy changes that will improve health equity for residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176638

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests should range between $500 and $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Multiple-year grants will be considered if you can show that the nature of the project requires extended time.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant organization must be a tax-exempt nonprofit under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution.

Provision of basic needs must be demonstrated as an integral part of the mission and activities of the organization.

The project must positively impact residents in one or more of the Counties in the service area (see Geographic Focus below).

The Foundation is unable to make grants to:

-Endowment funds;
-Organizations seeking retroactive funding for projects that have been completed or will be complete prior to the grant decision date;
-Organizations that engage in proselytizing as part of their mission or programs.

Organizations seeking capital improvement funding for leased or rented facilities are also ineligible.

Pre-Application Information:

To Apply:

Prior to starting your application, a requirement is to contact Sr. Molly Bauer, Program Officer, to discuss your project idea (see Contact Information section below).

The Basic Needs/Direct Service Grants Program is a one-stage process which consists of submitting the full application.

Applicants may only apply once in a 12-month period for either the Basic Needs/Direct Service or Responsive grants programs.

Organizations may apply once a year and are limited to a maximum of $5,000 per 12-month period.


The Sisters Health Foundation has two grant cycles per year. Materials should be submitted online no later than midnight on the respective deadline date.

Cycle Opens: Spring 2018
Online Full Application Due: January 24, 2018
Grant Notifications Sent: March 2018

Cycle Opens: Fall 2018
Online Full Application Due: July 11, 2018
Grant Notifications Sent: September 2018

Helpful Information:

Grant Program Overview:

Preview the application questions here:

Application Registration Tutorial:

Applicant Workflow:

Online Application FAQ:

Grantmaking FAQ:

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the applicant tutorial document.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Sister Molly Bauer, Program Officer
304-424-6080, Ext. 103

For any questions about using the online application system, please contact Shei Sanchez at 304-424-6080 Ext. 101 or

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Athens, Meigs, and Washington Counties;   West Virginia: Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, and Wood Counties