Our mission calls us to devote a portion of our funds to responding to our community needs.
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.
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.
Updated April 2022:
Applications will be accepted three times per year. The first application period in 2022 opens June 1, 2022.
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 and those who serve or are based in Cleveland's Central neighborhood.
Basic needs are primarily defined as food, clothing, emergency shelter, and transportation to access services. As we have learned studying the social determinants of health, we also recognize the basic needs of utilities & hygiene products, identification, stipends, and short-term medications and/or medical supplies. We also consider support of physical and mental well-being, self-sufficiency, relationships and social connection, internet access, cash assistance, and narrowing our geographic focus as essential to the wellbeing of our community.
Apply now through the grantmaking portal.
Contact Joe Black, Health Equity Program Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org