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Does your organization have a plan for making a difference in the health of the community? If so, we'd like to hear from you.

The Owensboro Health Community Benefit program provides financial assistance to designated nonprofit organizations, governmental or public entities who are working to address identified community health priorities based on their local community health needs assessments and/or community health improvement plans. Eligible organizations must serve one or more of the following counties: Breckinridge, Butler, Daviess, Grayson, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster in Kentucky and Perry and Spencer Counties in Indiana.

*NOTICE: Please see updates to this year's grant schedule

2016 Grant Schedule

Letters of Intent Due

Not to be submitted prior to February 24th information sessions

March 24

(end of business day)

Approval to submit full grant application
Approval to submit full grant application COMPLETED
Grant applications due
May 31, 2016
Announcements & allocations
End of August


Requests under $1000 are made through our mini-grant application and are accepted throughout the year as long as funds remain for that program. All mini grant funds have been allocated for fy16 and we are no longer accepting mini grant requests.

Funds will not be available for fy17 until June 1, 2016. New applications and guidelines will not be posted until that time.


Owensboro Health Gives Community Benefit Grant Program Frequently Asked Questions

Q. The form is long- can I save and come back later?

A. No- you will have to complete the form in one session. Allow 20-30 minutes to complete. It will be easier if you have your long-form responses already saved to a Word document, then you can simply copy and paste your responses.

Q. What is file size limit (in megabytes) of the files I upload to the form?

A. You can upload MS Office files or .PDF files of up to 4 megabytes each.

Q. Your form has lots of large text boxes to fill in; how much text can I paste into each box?

A. You can put up to 10,000 characters into each box (boxes have character counters built-in).

Q. Can I include Internet web links in my text content?

A. Yes- just paste the entire link into the text box, include the http:// part, example:

Q. May one organization submit more than one grant application?

A. Yes, however those applications will be competing against one another and will stand on their own merit.

Q. If we do not complete a Letter of Intent; may we still submit a grant application?

A. No, only those organizations whose letters of intent are approved are eligible to submit a full grant application.

Q. We have filed for our IRS not for profit tax designation but it has not been received yet. We are told “it should arrive any time”. May we still submit a Letter of Intent?

A. No. Only those who have their tax determination letter by March 24th (the due date for the Letter of Intent submission) may apply.

Q. We are considering partnering with another organization to implement a project or program and submit one letter of intent and ultimately one grant application. Can we do so?

A. Yes, one organization will need to be the main applicant. Describe the partnership and agreements, specific responsibilities, one budget incorporating all needs, etc.

Q. I don’t like submitting grant applications online. Can we submit ours on paper?

A. No. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Q. Can I print my completed grant application?

A. No. There is not a print function on the form. You may take screen shots of your completed pages, save all the text entered in your boxes as a Word document and save all your uploaded documents in a file. OR

We can also forward you a copy of all your completed pages and provide you with those pages and your uploaded documents after you submit your application and we receive it.

Q. Is a letter of commitment the same thing as a letter of support?

A. No. A letter of commitment is a letter from another organization which states they will support your project by committing to something specific; perhaps it is through a cash or in-kind donation or technical assistance, labor, education, training, space, etc. They must provide this commitment in writing to you and you will upload a copy of each letter of commitment you seek and obtain at the appropriate place in the grant application.

Q. Your form may take me a while to fill out; how much time do I have before my entries ‘time-out’ and I have to start over?

A. You have a 2 hour window to complete the form once it has been started.

Apply For A Grant

In order to apply, an organization's activities or project must:

  • Address identified health needs
  • Seek measurable improvement in health status, access to care or use of healthcare resources.

Funds are also available to non-profit entities offering specific programs and activities not directly related to healthcare, but which address root causes of health problems.

View the Large Grant Guidelines

Submit Letter of Intent

View the Letter of Intent


Submit Large Grant Application


View the Large Grant Application


Contact Us

You can e-mail the Community Benefit staff or call 270-691-8270.

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