Community Benefit Grant Request 2019

community grant

Catholic Health is an integrated healthcare system that conducted Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) in Erie County and Niagara County. Three-year implementation plans were developed for Kenmore Mercy HospitalMercy Hospital of BuffaloSisters of Charity Hospital, and Sisters of Charity Hospital - St. Joseph Campus and Mount St. Mary’s Hospital.

We are committed to improving the health status of our communities through wellness and prevention, collaborations and partnerships, and improved access to healthcare for those in need. As part of our social responsibility and commitment to Community Benefit, we are excited to support programs through partnerships with community-based organizations that meet the following grant request criteria.

Grant Request Criteria:

  • Proposal supports the Catholic Health Community Needs Implementation Plans or unmet community health needs.
    • The proposal clearly identified community health need.
    • Supports CH Community Needs Implementation Plans.
    • Focus on Western New York and neighborhoods geographically close to existing Catholic Health markets.
    • The proposal clearly addresses New York State Prevention Agenda item.
    • The proposal clearly addresses social determinants of health as defined by the Healthy People 2020. (E.g. factors like socioeconomic status, education, the physical environment, employment, and social support networks.)
  • Proposal demonstrates capacity building and or sustainability. (e.g., the concept of “teach a man/woman to fish”)
    • The proposal is able to move forward if the funding was not available in the future
    • The proposal is able to bring about systemic change, and has elements that will live and grow beyond the initiative
    • Funding enhances the program’s ability to have a positive impact on lives and communities it intends to serve
  • Proposal named partnership and or can demonstrate success.
    • Partnership with Community-Based Organization outside of Catholic Health
    • Organizations capacity to perform project implementation successfully (past performance/experiences)
  • Provides services to “safety net” populations such as Medicaid, uninsured.

Who can apply?

  • Catholic Health associates and/or departments or primary care sites
  • Local churches/faith communities
  • Community-based organizations/not-for-profits

How to apply?

  • To apply, please complete our community benefit project grant application form and email it to Sharyl Hendel or you may mail it to Catholic Health, Attn.: Sharyl Hendel, 144 Genesee St., Buffalo, NY 14203. You may call 716-923-4828 with any questions.

Grant Period & Amount?

  • July 2019-June 2020. Each project or initiative can be awarded for up to $10,000.


  • Application submission deadline is Friday, May 17, 2019.
  • Awardees will be notified no later than Friday, August 9, 2019.
  • The Award Ceremony will be held August 21, 2019: 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Catholic Health ARTC.

Approval Process:

  • Community Benefit Grant Committee includes senior vice-president & chief mission officer; vice president of planning; a chief financial officer or designee; vice president of development; faith community nurse coordinator; two members from community-based organizations; and a chair and a member of our mission integration committee of the Board.


  • Awardees will be required to complete the Community Benefit Grant Accountability Report outlining how the grant is utilized and its impact on the targeted population: November 1, 2019; February 7, 2020; May 1, 2020; August 6, 2020.