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Good Samaritan Grants Program

Since its inception in 1851, the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine has sought to help and provide services to those living in poverty. As a ministry of the Sisters, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland offers Good Samaritan grants. In the Good Samaritan parable, we are called to be a good neighbor to people in need.

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Our mission calls us to devote a portion of our funds to responding to our community needs.

Our responsive grantmaking includes the annual Good Samaritan Grants Program, our participation in community collaborations, and our ongoing support to the Catholic community and women religious, with priority given to the sponsored ministries of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine. 

The Good Samaritan Grants Program was the first initiative founded by the foundation after it was established in 1996.

Good Samaritan Grants are to be used to provide for the basic needs of individuals living in poverty.

The Good Samaritan Program responds to our community’s challenge of ensuring that its residents can meet their basic needs. Inspired by the parable of Jesus calling us to be good neighbors, this program’s particular purpose is to support non-profit organizations for which a modest grant would make a difference in continuing to provide necessary and immediate goods and services to individuals living in poverty. The program expresses the important value of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine of respecting the dignity of every individual.


Guidelines for the Good Samaritan Grants Program


Please note: the 2020 Good Samaritan Grants Program is now closed.

2020 Updates Related to COVID-19

  • Good Samaritan grant awards will be prioritized according to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on an organization’s target population or on the organization’s ability to provide necessary and immediate goods and services.
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; grantees will be notified of grant approval within two weeks of application submission.
  • As in past years, we anticipate the average grant funding of around $5,000 upon application approval.


Organizations must be tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations that primarily serve residents of Cuyahoga County. Priority is given to organizations with annual budgets under $1 million.

Application Deadline


Good Samaritan Grant applications will be submitted through an online proposal submission system. Application materials will be available beginning April 1, 2020.





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Access our online system for grant applications and management.


If you have any questions, please contact Ursula Craig at