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Grants to Ohio and West Virginia Public Institutions and
Nonprofits to Advance Health in the Mid-Ohio Valley Region

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Sisters Health Foundation (SHF)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

08/29/18 Midnight


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Grants to West Virginia and Ohio nonprofit organizations and public institutions to promote health in the Mid-Ohio Valley region. LOIs are due July 11. Funding in intended for programs that address the Funding Source's priority areas of oral health, healthy living, and health equity.

Applicants can apply for project, capacity building, equipment or technology, small capital projects, or general operating support in support of the organization’s mission.

Priority Areas:

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#: 180706

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

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
- Individuals
- 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

Pre-Application Information:


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

Grant Cycle: Spring 2018
Online Letter of Inquiry Due: January 24, 2018
Online Full Application Due: March 7, 2018
Grant Notifications Sent: May 2018

Grant Cycle: Fall 2018
Online Letter of Inquiry Due: July 18, 2018
Online Full Application Due: August 29, 2018
Grant Notifications Sent: November 2018

Process Overview:

1. Applicants submit a Letter of Inquiry through the online application system in accord with the directions by the stated deadline. Emailed or hard copy Letters of Inquiry will not be accepted. The purpose of the Letter of Inquiry is to enable any eligible agency or organization to present a project or idea to the Sisters Health Foundation staff for an initial review.
2. Staff reviews the online Letters of Inquiry; for those organizations meeting initial criteria, staff will conduct a meeting/site visit to determine if a project is ready to go forward with a full application.
3. Using the online application system, applicants submit completed grant applications and supporting documents (as requested) by the deadline.
4. The Grants Committee reviews each application and develops a recommendation for consideration by the Board of Directors.
5. The Board reviews the recommendations and determines applications to be funded.
6. Staff notifies each applicant in May (spring cycle) or November (fall cycle) of the Board decision. This is approximately 19 weeks after the deadline for the initial letter of inquiry.

Helpful Links:

Applicant Registration Tutorial:

Applicant Workflow:

Frequently asked questions about using the online system:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Contact Sr. Molly Bauer, Program Officer, at 304-424-6080 Ext. 103 or to discuss your request.

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

Sisters Health Foundation
4420 Rosemar Center
P.O. Box 4440
Parkersburg, WV 26104

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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