Funding Criteria

Criteria include but are not limited to the following:

Eligibility Criteria

The proposal must meet the following eligibility criteria in order to be considered for funding.

  • Proposals must be consistent with CHRISTUS Health's values, support its mission and be faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
  • Proposal should be for community-based programs and supported by the respective CHRISTUS Health ministry’s Community Health Implementation Plan.
  • The proposed program should reflect local community priorities and serve as a tool for building healthier communities.
  • The proposed program should focus primarily on the geographic areas where CHRISTUS Health ministries and sponsoring congregations are located and involved.
  • Applicants should be nonprofit corporations with tax exempt status and not foundations.
  • Priority is given to proposals for start-up programs. However, under special circumstances, proposals will be considered for refunding.


The CHRISTUS Fund does not support grants for the following purposes: 

  • Individuals or special events
  • Scholarships
  • Costs for capital, equipment, overhead or administration
  • Acute care services, hospital services
  • Biomedical research
  • Endowments
  • Annual campaigns or fund raising
  • Existing obligations or debt liability evaluation


The following elements are considered important to the evaluation of the proposal for funding approval. The CHRISTUS Fund will consider programs that: 

  • are submitted by agencies in communities served by CHRISTUS Health
  • improve the physical, emotional and/or spiritual health of low-income persons and underserved communities
  • focus on systemic change or promote human dignity
  • have the potential to empower or enhance the community's capacity for self-sufficiency and social responsibility
  • demonstrate special concerns for women, children, the elderly, and the mentally or physically challenged
  • impact significant numbers of people
  • demonstrate measurable outcomes
  • demonstrate they are collaborative initiatives
  • generate a portion of their funding from other sources
  • demonstrate the ability to sustain the impact of the proposed endeavor over a reasonable time period
  • can become self-sustaining within a defined time period
  • have the potential to be replicated and
  • offer creative approaches to service delivery.