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Saint Ann Legacy Grant Program


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An Introduction to the Saint Ann Legacy Grant Program

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland traces its roots back to 1851, when the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine (CSA) arrived in Cleveland from France to serve as the first public health nurses. In 1973 the sisters used the proceeds of the sale of Saint Ann Hospital to endow the Saint Ann Foundation, the first health care conversion foundation and the first foundation formed by a congregation of Catholic sisters in the United States. In 2006, the Sisters of Charity Health Foundation of Cleveland merged with the Saint Ann Foundation and the two foundations blended their missions. Central to the mission of both foundations and a deep-seated facet of the foundation today is supporting congregations of Catholic sisters and their ministries.

The Saint Ann Legacy Grants are responsive grants of up to $10,000 to support the ministries of Catholic sisters in Northeast Ohio as they work to meet the needs of God’s people. Ministries of Catholic sisters include those that are sponsored or led by Catholic sisters or programs at other organizations where sisters are significantly involved. The purpose of these grants is to support the sisters at work in our region today.

Consistent with the Foundation’s mission, the Saint Ann Legacy Grant gives special attention to ministries reaching out to those most in need, particularly low-income women, children, and youth. The program, however, also recognizes the call of women religious to address other areas of need, such as spiritual needs, social justice, or ecology.

2020 Proposal Guidelines

Use of funds: Funds may be used for program expenses, planning, operations, salary support and capacity-building for ministries.  Grants will not support endowments, annual appeals, membership drives, debt retirement, individual scholarships, or capital expenses.

Use of funds timeline: The timeline for use of funds is up to one year.

Funding available: The Saint Ann Legacy Grant Program awards grants of up to $10,000. Please note, funding requests always exceed the grant program budget and an effort is put forth to ensure members or ministries of congregations across the Dioceses of Cleveland and Youngstown are represented in the funding decisions.

Congregational leader support letter: Proposals should be accompanied by a support letter from the current congregational leader of the religious order of the sister(s) involved in the ministry.

Eligible ministries: Applicants must be ministries of Catholic sisters, defined to include ministries sponsored by orders or led by women religious or organizations where women religious are significantly involved in northeast Ohio as defined as the Dioceses of Cleveland and Youngstown. Applicants must have tax-exempt status as nonprofit organizations, as identified by the Internal Revenue Code.  Grants are not made to individuals. Special attention will be given to ministries reaching out to those most in need, particularly low-income women, children, and youth.

Grant cycle: Grant recipients can receive three consecutive Saint Ann Legacy grants and then must take a year off before reapplying. Please contact Margaret Eigsti if you are unsure of the status of your ministry.

Current Saint Ann Legacy grantees: Organizations that have previously received grants under this program must submit a report on the activities and funds spent to date as part of their application. If grant funds have not been fully spent by the time of the application, a Progress Report will be required; if grant funds have been spent, a Final Report will be required.

Site visits: During the review process, applicants may receive a site visit.

How to Submit an Application

Our grants management system is online. To successfully submit an application, please follow the directives listed below:

  • The system may be accessed directly through this link
  • If you are using a fiscal agent (i.e. your congregation, Diocese of Cleveland, etc.), please contact Ursula Craig at 216-357-4472.
  • If your ministry has not applied to the foundation in previous years, you will need to set up an account for your ministry.
  • If you are not sure whether your ministry has an account, or you do not know your username and/or password, do not create a new account. Please contact Ursula Craig at 216-357- 4472.
  • To review application questions before you begin, click the “Question List” button at the top right of the application. This creates a PDF for you to download and save.
  • The submission deadline is April 20, 2020 at 4:59 p.m.
  • Notification of funding decisions will be sent mid-June 2020.

2020 Saint Ann Legacy Grant Program

Application deadline: April 20, 2020 at 4:59 p.m.

Click here to apply


For technical assistance questions for application submission, please contact:

Ursula Craig, 216-357-4472 or

For grant development:

Margaret Eigsti, 216-357-4462 or

Click here for a PDF copy of the 2020 Saint Ann Legacy Grant Program guidelines