St. Mary Medical Center Foundation Accepting Grant Requests from Local Non-Profit Organizations

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St. Mary Medical Center Foundation has announced that it is now accepting applications for grant awards from local non-profit organizations.

Eligibility Requirements

The organization and program applying for funding must meet all of the criteria below:

Must be a 501(c) (3) organization or have a fiscal agent with the non-profit designation.

Must take a one-year hiatus from grant support from the DignityHealth(formerly-CHW)/St. Mary Medical Center Community Grant Program (if your organization received a grant in January 2012 then you are not eligible to apply for this cycle of funding).

The program for which funds are being requested cannot have been funded by the DignityHealth(formerly-CHW)/St. Mary Medical Center Community Grant Program in the past three years (since November 2009).

The program for which funds are being requested must already be in existence (cannot request funding for a new program). Program expansion and amelioration are acceptable.

The program for which funds are being requested must support residents of Long Beach, Wilmington, and/or Signal Hill who have one or more of the following:

  • Financial barriers to access (e.g., uninsured, underinsured)
  • Language/cultural barriers to access
  • Lack of transportation
  • Physical disability / lack of physical mobility
  • Mental disability
  • Social isolation (e.g., seniors living alone)

Fundable-Program Guidelines

Funds are being offered in three program areas of key concern to St. Mary:

  • Access to care for vulnerable populations:
  • Seniors
  • Appropriate Use of Emergency Department and Primary Care Clinics
  • HIV Testing and Counseling to new-infection populations
  • Chronic and infectious disease prevention and management:
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Health (heart disease and stroke)
  • Chronic Disease Self Management
  • Areas that the St. Mary Community Grants Program has historically supported: food security; domestic violence treatment and prevention; oral health; mental health/addiction treatment and support.
  • Must be a health-related project which integrates at least two of the following principles:
  • Focus on disproportionate unmet health-related needs
  • Emphasize primary prevention and address underlying causes of health problems
  • Contribute to a seamless continuum of care
  • Build community capacity
  • Emphasize collaborative governance

Collaboration is encouraged. The Foundation prefers to fund organizations that show collaboration with other organizations including St. Mary Medical Center, and work with the population that St. Mary Medical Center serves.

How to Apply & Key Dates

A Non-Mandatory Grant Writing Workshop will be held on July 3, 2012 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the Parr Room (2nd floor) of the Health Enhancement Center on the St. Mary Medical Center campus at 1050 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813. The workshop targets prospective applicants, but is not mandatory.

In order to attend, one must RSVP to Janaya Nichols, Grant Coordinator at by June 29, 2012.

To be considered for the Community Grants Program, your organization must first submit a letter of intent (LOI). Visit: to download a copy of the LOI form. Completed LOIs must be submitted by email to Rachel Plotkin Olumese, Community Benefits (

LOI Deadline: July 24, 2012 at 12 p.m.

Letters of Intent will be reviewed by the Community Benefits Advisory Committee of St. Mary Medical Center. Organizations will be invited to submit a full grant application on August 20, 2012.

If invited to submit a full grant application, visit: to download a copy of the Community Grant Proposal. Completed grant applications must be mailed to the following address:

St. Mary Medical Center Foundation
Attn: Community Grants
1050 Linden Ave,
Long Beach, CA 90813

Full Grant Proposal Deadline: September 17, 2012 at 12 p.m.
Organizations will be notified of grant award on December 10, 2012. Organizations will receive funding at the Community Grants Luncheon on January 10, 2013.

Grant Project Period: January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013.

Grant Funding Amount: awards up to $20,000

If awarded, a grant completion report will be required by March 31, 2013.

Questions and Contacts

For questions about program eligibility, please contact Rachel Plotkin Olumese, Community Benefits at (562) 491-9066 or

For questions about the Letter of Intent and Grant Proposal forms, please contact Tiffany Cantrell, Director of Grants at (562) 491-9248 or

About St. Mary Medical Center Foundation
The St. Mary Foundation was founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1970 to raise, administer and distribute funds in support of the mission of the Sisters of Charity and St. Mary Medical Center. The Foundation supports hospital programs, research and education, as well as capital improvements, including equipment purchases. For more information, please visit us at

About St. Mary Medical Center
St. Mary Medical Center, a member of Dignity Health, has provided quality healthcare in Long Beach and the surrounding area since 1923. With more than 500 physicians, 1,456 employees and 389 patient beds, St. Mary is committed to providing a unique balance of leading edge technology while ensuring dignity and compassionate care of body, mind and spirit to the community it serves. For more information, please visit us at

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