Mission: Extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ outside our hospital walls and into our communities.

CHRISTUS Health has a long history of caring for those in need. In keeping with our mission, we invest in long-term, transformative and sustainable strategies that respond to the expressed needs of our communities.

The CHRISTUS Community Impact Fund, the grant-making institution of CHRISTUS Health, was launched in January 2011. The purpose of the fund is to support initiatives led by non-profit community agencies that improve the health and well-being of our communities. 

How to Apply

The Opportunity 

CHRISTUS Health invites your organization or collaborative to apply and use upstream approaches to address our Ministry’s chosen priority topics within one of two domains: 

Advance Health & Wellbeing: Health education, prevention and wellness programs or initiatives that address community needs and opportunities that are aligned with a CHRISTUS Health Ministry’s Community Health Needs Assessment or Community Health Implementation Plan priority area or a System-Wide priority initiative.

a) Chronic Conditions

  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Cancer

b) Mental Health & Well-Being

  • Mental Heath
  • Substance Use Disorder 

Build Resilient Communities & Improve Social Determinants: Programs or initiatives that foster collective partnerships between non-profit organizations and social services to address critical social determinants of health within our communities. Areas of focus can include:

a) Healthy Food Access

b) Reducing Smoking and/or Vaping

c) Safe Housing

d) Education

e) Environmental Stewardship

Award Information 

Organizations, collaboratives or coalitions can apply for a maximum of $100,000 for one program.

Eligibility 

Non-Exclusive List of Potential Lead Organizations:

  • Non-profit community-based organizations having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS and not classified as a private foundation.
  • Collaborations can include:
  • State, County, City, or Township Governments
  • Independent School Districts
  • Public or State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
  • Public Housing Authorities
  • Hospital systems can be a part of a collaboration but cannot serve as the lead applicant 

Grant recipients may not use funds for:

  • Indirect costs greater than 15%
  • Biomedical Research
  • Endowments or capital campaigns
  • Capital expenses, construction projects, purchases of large equipment
  • Fundraising activities or event sponsorships
  • Individual or single special event
  • Direct delivery of reimbursable health care servicesGrants or scholarships to individuals
  • Advertising reimbursement of pre-award costs is not allowed
  • Existing obligations or debt liability
  • Lobbying activities including, but not limited to:
    • publicity or propaganda purposes,
    • preparation, distribution, or use of any material designed to support or defeat the enactment of legislation before any legislative body.
Application Process 

The CHRISTUS Community Impact Fund will open the application process on November 17th, 2022. All non-profit organizations serving our service areas are invited to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by December 15th, 2022.

Following the review of all LOIs, selected applicants will be invited to submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) in February 1st, 2023. All RFPs must be submitted by March 1st, 2023.

All LOIs and RFPs must be submitted electronically through our application management platform, CommunityForce, at https://christusfund.communityforce.com/Login.aspx.

Late submissions will not be accepted. Collaborative organizations or coalitions must designate a lead organization or fiscal agent to submit the application on their behalf.

Timeline  
 Deadline   Activity
 November 2022  Call for LOI on November 17, 2022
 December 2022  LOI Submission Due by December 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CST
 February 2023  RFP Announcement to Selected Organizations
 March 2023  RFP Submission Due by March 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. CST
 April 2023  Notification of Awards
 June 2023

 Kick-Off Meeting

Onboarding 

Grant Disbursement

 July 2023  Grant Implementation Period Begins on July 1, 2023
 June 2024  Grant Implementation Period Ends on June 30, 2024


Additional Resources 

Click to view the Letter of Intent 

Click to view the Request for Proposal 

Click to view the Information Session

For additional information regarding the CHRISTUS Community Impact Fund, please contact christusfund@christushealth.org or subscribe to our newsletter here.

Learn More About Our Funding Pillars

Community Health & Wellbeing 
Health education, prevention and wellness programs or initiatives that address community needs and opportunities that are aligned with a CHRISTUS Health Ministry’s Community Health Needs Assessment or Community Health Implementation Plan priority area or a System-Wide priority initiative. 
Community Transformation & Collaboration 

Programs or initiatives that foster collective partnerships between non-profit organizations and social services to address critical social determinants of health within our communities. Areas of focus include: 

  • Housing Instability
  • Food Insecurity
  • Transportation Needs
  • Medication Assistance
  • Access to Services Environmental Stewardship*

Please note that programs associated to Environmental Stewardship should address environmental pollutants that adversely impact the physical and mental health of the under resourced and vulnerable communities that we serve, and improve the social determinants of health. The programs must align with advocacy, awareness and research related to environmental stewardship.

Examples of Environmental Stewardship: 

  • Advocacy for climate change, energy efficiency and waste management. 
  • Awareness and education of how pollutants can cause cancer, asthma, and any other health related conditions. 
  • Research and testing of air quality, lead levels, etc. 
  • Conservation of air, water and energy. 
  • Creation of community gardens to eliminate food deserts and develop food sustainability.  
How Can I Apply for Funding? 

CHRISTUS Community Impact Fund is not a traditional grant-making program, and we do not accept unsolicited grant proposals. We have a focused portfolio of initiatives designed to build healthier communities where people have the opportunity to achieve their best possible health. We invest in measurable, replicable, scalable projects that have the potential for systemic impact.

CHRISTUS Community Impact Fund is committed to investing time in discussion and concept development with potential grantee organizations. Organizations interested in partnering with the CHRISTUS Community Impact Fund may submit an outline of their ideas to christusfund@christushealth.org. The team will review submissions and partner to develop the proposed concept when appropriate. Once the concept has been fully developed, the organization may be invited for funding. 

What Happens After I Have Been Invited to Apply?  
Applying to the CHRISTUS Fund is by invitation only. Invitations are sent out once per year during the summer for a one-year funding opportunity. You will receive an orientation about the grant program once you have been invited to apply. During this conversation, you will receive a request for proposal, a link to the online portal, and opportunities for capacity building.

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