CHRISTUS Fund strives to make a difference in people’s lives and create sustainable, positive change in our communities.
CHRISTUS Health has a long history of caring for those in need. In keeping with our mission to extend the healing of Jesus Christ, we invest in long-term, transformative and sustainable strategies that respond to the expressed needs of our communities. In keeping with our mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, the CHRISTUS Community Impact Fund represents CHRISTUS Health’s commitment to improving health and well-being, and transforming communities.
As the grant-making arm of CHRISTUS Health, the Fund partners with each Ministry to support initiatives led by local non-profit community agencies, collaborative, or coalitions addressing health concerns or responding to social, economic and environmental conditions that improve the quality of life for our most vulnerable populations.
The CHRISTUS Community Impact Fund heavily relies on community voices to create its data-driven and evidence-based funding strategies. The Fund uses the community health needs assessment report, which is led by CHRISTUS Health’s Community Benefit program, to understand the expressed needs of communities through community surveys, focus groups and key stakeholder interviews. This process demonstrates how health philanthropy and community benefit complement each other.
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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.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.