Community Health Investments Grant Program

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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 Health Investments Grant 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, Logan, Muhlenberg, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster in Kentucky or Perry / Spencer Counties in Indiana.

Large Grant Program

2020 Grant Schedule (FY 21)

  • 2021 Dates Coming Soon

Letter Of Intent

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

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at or call 270-691-8270.

Large Grant FAQs

Community Health Investments 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 screenshots 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.
  • Organizations applying for funding must show evidence of a 100% tobacco-free policy for their organization.
  • All applicants much have completed the Letter of Intent process and received approval to proceed.

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

View the Owensboro Health Grant Tobacco Policy

Mini-Grant Program

Apply for a OHRH Mini-Grant Apply for a OHMCH Mini-Grant

Community health investment 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.

Owensboro Health seeks and supports partnerships with nonprofit organizations working to impact the significant health issues facing our communities. As tobacco use is a factor related to multiple health issues in our region and state, it is our decision to make opportunities for investments to those organizations, like Owensboro Health, to those which have committed to establishing and implementing 100 percent tobacco-free policies.

It is required that all applicants to our Community Health Investments Grant Programs (both large and mini-grants) show evidence of a 100 percent tobacco-free policy.

Beginning with the 2019 / FY20 Mini-Grant season, we will be moving to a quarterly allocation cycle. We will accept online applications each quarter, which will include a set application deadline, as well as a closing date, by which you will be notified of the result of your application. The 2019 / FY20 Community Health Investments Mini-Grant schedule is as follows:

First quarter

  • June 1, 2020: Open to applications
  • August 1, 2020: Applications due
  • August 31, 2020: Allocations / notifications complete

Second quarter

  • September 1, 2020: Open to applications
  • November 1, 2020: Applications due
  • November 30, 2020: Allocations / notifications complete

Third quarter

  • December 1, 2020: Open to applications
  • February 1, 2021: Applications due
  • February 28, 2021: Allocations / notifications due

Fourth quarter 2021

  • March 1, 2021: Open to applications
  • May 1, 2021: Applications due
  • May 31, 2021: Allocations / notifications due

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at contact us at or 270-688-1346.

Mini-Grant Guidelines

  1. Only 501(c)3 organizations, government and public entities are eligible to apply.
  2. Organizations cannot apply to both Owensboro Health Regional Hospital and Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital mini-grant programs. Organizations in Muhlenberg County must apply for Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital mini-grant. For additional information about Muhlenberg County mini-grants, contact Jessica Browning at
  3. Organizations that provide evidence of a 100-percent tobacco-free policy may apply for up to $1,000 for a health project and up to $500 for an event. Total allocations for the fiscal year may not exceed $1,000.
  4. Requests for event funding may only be made for events from which proceeds raised are used to impact community health. 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.
  5. 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 healthcare). The connection between health needs and the activity or service must be clearly stated on the application. Only completed applications will be considered.
  6. All requests must include a project/fundraising budget.
  7. Event organizer must obtain necessary permits, licenses or insurance and provide verification of such to Owensboro Health if requested.
  8. Owensboro Health shall not be financially or otherwise liable for promotion staging of events.
  9. Geographic area: Services supplied by requesting organizations must impact citizens within the Owensboro Health service area (Breckenridge, Butler, Daviess, Grayson, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, Logan, McLean, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Union and Webster counties in Kentucky and Spencer and Perry counties in Indiana).
  10. If an organization wishes to recognize Owensboro Health as part of an event, an explanation in writing of your plan to do so must accompany the application prior to the event.
  11. Any use of the Owensboro Health logo must be consistent with Owensboro Health graphic standards. Any use of Owensboro Health’s logo must be approved by Owensboro Health Marketing and Public Relations by e-mailing or by calling 270-685-7190.
  12. 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.
  13. Applications will be approved or declined based on compliance with guidelines, program impact and available funding.
  14. Applications must demonstrate a commitment to provide services regardless of race, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin.
  15. Partisan political groups or activities, endowments, memorials, individuals, field trips or tours are not eligible for funding.
  16. Applications involving a collaborative effort with other partners will be given a priority.
  17. To avoid duplication, requests from national organizations should be coordinated between the regional and county affiliated offices within the Owensboro Health regional service area.
  18. Owensboro Health will only consider applications by schools and school-affiliated groups and activities that are located within the Owensboro Health service area and have been authorized by the schools central office. Please include proof of authorization from your school’s central office with your application.
  19. Mini-grant applications are accepted on a quarterly calendar, beginning June 1 of each year.

Apply for a OHRH Mini-Grant Apply for a OHMCH Mini-Grant

Contact Us

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

How is Owensboro Doing?

Visit our Community Health Needs Assessment page to read reports with an overview of the health needs and priorities in Daviess County and Muhlenberg County.