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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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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.

Due to the economic impact of the global pandemic, the 2021 Good Samaritan grant program will prioritize organizations impacted by COVID-19 and programs and services that target the Central neighborhood.

Guidelines for the Good Samaritan Grants Program

The 2021 Good Samaritan Grants Program is closed and no longer accepting applications.

2021 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; applicants will be notified of grant status within three weeks of application submission.
  • As in past years, we anticipate  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 who primarily serve the Central community and/or with annual budgets under $1 million.


Print the 2021 Good Samaritan Grants guidelines

View a printable version of the Good Samaritan Grant Guidelines 2021.

2020 Foundation Grantees

For a complete listing of all 2020 foundation grantees, click here.






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