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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: Breckenridge, Butler, Daviess, Grayson, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster in Kentucky and Perry and Spencer Counties in Indiana.

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Large Grant Program

2017 Grant Schedule

February 17, 2017

Grant Information sessions will be held at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital in Café Meeting Room A

  • 8:00 a.m.
  • 10:00 a.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m.

March 17, 2017

Letter of Intent Due
March 31, 2017 Organizations will be notified on or around this date whether they will be asked to submit a full grant application.
May 1, 2017 Grants Applications due
Announcements & allocations will be announced between August & September 2107.

Letter Of Intent

Submission and approval of a letter of intent is required in order to proceed in the large grant application process.

As in previous years, every proposal to Owensboro Health Gives Community Benefit Grant Program must address a community priority health need. In addition, special consideration will be given to proposals addressing one or more of the following areas: Tobacco and Related Diseases, Older Adults and Ageing, School Health and Arts in Healing. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at or call 270-691-8270.

Submit Letter Of Intent

Large Grant FAQs

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 Large 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

**The application process is now closed**

Mini Grant Program

In accordance with IRS Form 990-Schedule H guidelines, Community Benefit grants are allocated to non-profit organizations for specific programs and services that address identified community health needs. To qualify, activities must seek to provide measurable improvement in health status, access, or use of healthcare resources and must serve individuals in the Owensboro Health service area.

Grants are also awarded to non-profit organizations for specific programs and activities not directly related to healthcare but address root causes of health problems that impact the health of our community. All activities must serve individuals in the Owensboro Health service area.

*Mini-grant requests may not exceed $1,000

**Organizations cannot apply to both Owensboro Health Regional Hospital and Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital mini grant programs.

If you are an organization in Muhlenberg County you should apply only for Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital mini grant.

Mini Grant Guidelines

  1. Only 501(c)3 organizations, government and public entities are eligible to apply.
  2. If considering a request for event sponsorship, organizations are advised to submit an explanation of how funds raised from their event will be used for the projects, programs and activities in the Owensboro Health service area focused on impacting health indicators.
  3. Programs for which funds are requested must focus on providing activities or services that address an identified health need or that address root causes of health problems (if not directly related to health care). The connection between health needs and the activity or service must be clearly stated on the application. Only completed applications will be considered.
  4. All requests must include a project/fundraising budget.
  5. Surplus fitness equipment: Periodically, Owensboro Health disperses used fitness equipment. (Requests of this nature may only be made in response to an Owensboro Health advertised solicitation for proposals.)
  6. Event organizer must obtain necessary permits, licenses or insurance and provide verification of such to Owensboro Health if requested.
  7. Owensboro Health shall not be financially or otherwise liable for promotion or staging of events.
  8. Geographic area: Services supplied by requesting organizations should be available to citizens within the Owensboro Health service area (Breckenridge, Butler. Daviess, Grayson, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, McLean, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Union and Webster counties in Kentucky— and Spencer and Perry counties in Indiana).
  9. Additional requirements for approved mini-grants:
    1. While Owensboro Health does not seek recognition of sponsorship participation for events/projects funded by the Community Benefit Grant programs, if you wish to recognize Owensboro Health as a part of your event, an explanation in writing of your plan to do so must accompany your application prior to your event.
    2. Should you request to use the Owensboro Health logo, it must be consistent with Owensboro Health graphic standards. Logos and standards provided upon request from Marketing & Public Relations by calling 270-685-7190.
    3. In some instances, Owensboro Health may request advance review written copy for invitations, advertisements, press releases, posters or other promotional information related to the event.
  10. The Government and Community Affairs department at OHRH (and Marketing department for requests specific to Muhlenberg County) shall approve or decline each mini-grant application based on compliance with guidelines, program impact, and available funding.
  11. Applications must demonstrate a commitment to provide services regardless of race, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin.
  12. Partisan political groups or activities, endowments, memorials, individuals, field trips or tours are not eligible for funding.
  13. Applications involving a collaborative effort with other partners will be given priority.
  14. To avoid duplication, requests from national organizations should be coordinated between the regional and county affiliated offices within the Owensboro Health regional service area.
  15. Generally, organizations are eligible to apply and receive funding only once each fiscal year. Support will generally not exceed a one-year commitment.
  16. Owensboro Health will only consider applications by schools and school-affiliated groups and activities authorized by the school’s central office, and within Owensboro Health service area school districts.
  17. All mini-grant applications must be submitted at least 45 days prior to the event in order to be eligible for funding.

Apply For Owensboro Health Regional Hospital Mini Grant

We are no longer accepting Mini-Grant Applications for the current fiscal year. Mini-Grant funding will be available once again after June 1, 2017. Thank you so much for your interest in improving the health of the communities we serve!

Apply for Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital Mini Grant

To apply for an Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital Mini Grant, services supplied by requesting organizations should be available to citizens within the Muhlenberg County in Kentucky. Grant requests may not exceed $500.

Apply for an Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital Mini Grant Here

Contact Us

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

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