Criteria include but are not limited to the following:
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
- Costs for capital, equipment, overhead or administration (unless these are directly associated with the proposed program)
- Acute care services, hospital services
- Biomedical research
- 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 or from CHRISTUS Health entities
- 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.