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Funding opportunities for FY22 opened April 5 and close May 7.

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Email PDF application document to no later than midnight May 7, 2021, to be considered.

    Community investment grants guidelines

    Program goals

    The goal of the Community Investment Grants is to strengthen the health of our communities. Salem Health responds to evolving community-identified needs and we are interested in seeing and supporting initiatives that improve health of the citizens in Marion and Polk counties.  To be eligible to apply, your organization must be a 501c3 not-for-profit.   

    Guiding principles

    • We give high priority to investments that create positive, substantive change and attempt to resolve problems at their source.
    • We recognize and respect Marion and Polk counties diverse regions and populations, and seek to advance equity, diversity and inclusion through our programs.
    • We believe that creative and sustainable solutions come from engaged community partnerships united toward a common goal.

    Nondiscrimination policy

    Salem Health does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ability/disability, age, status as a veteran, national origin, or any other protected class. Applicants for Community Grants must hold similar standards in the delivery of services. 

    Application Details

    One-year grant awards up to $30,000:

    • Grant opens — April 5, 2021
    • Grant submission due by midnight — May 7, 2021
    • Grant award notification — June 4, 2021
    • Grant funding begins — July 1, 2021
    • Final report — Aug. 30, 2022

    Funding priorities

    Salem Health’s funding priorities align with the Marion-Polk Community Health Improvement Plan and Community Needs Assessment.  The following areas are the 2020–2023 priorities that Salem Health will seek invest grant resources to enhance our community’s overall health.

    Behavioral health

    2017 ranked Oregon the 10th highest in the country for death related to drug overdoses, alcohol, and suicide. Salem Health seeks to improve systems that support behavioral health and well-being specifically aligned with adolescent suicide ideation and prevention services.

    Substance abuse

    Substance use and abuse, including alcohol, tobacco and other drugs remain the primary sources(s) of preventable death in the community. Salem Health seeks to reduce the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs through programs that reduce youth access, expand youth prevention strategies, and elevate intervention supports for all citizens.   

    Social determinants of health

    Defined by the World Health Origination, social determinants of health are the circumstances in which people are born, grow up, live, work, age, and the systems put in place to deal with illness. Salem Health seeks support programs working with individuals and families to improve housing and increase access to health care.

    Activities typically not eligible for funding:

    • Annual fund appeals and contributions to endowments
    • Capital campaigns
    • Projects in individual schools
    • Grant to subsidize participation/scholarships
    • Purchases or activities that occur prior to grant decisions
    • Deficit funding
    • Replacement of government funding
    • Lobbying influence
    • Religious activities

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