Superior Health Foundation

SHF unveils changes to grant-giving

COVID-19 Pandemic prompts SHF to tweak granting guidelines, help health-centered non-profits

The Superior Health Foundation, a non-profit, health-centered organization based in Marquette, has announced that it is implementing immediate changes to its grant-giving practices to address the COVID-19 Pandemic.

At its most recent meeting, the SHF Grants Committee discussed in great detail the grant-giving role SHF needs to play for the duration of the calendar year.  The Grants Committee unanimously agreed to the following changes, which were adopted by the U.P.-wide Board of Directors. 

  • $60,000 in funding has been earmarked for a “Covid-19 Operational Fund.”     
  • The funding application period will run from May 28 through June 11 
  • Non-profit organizations that received funding through the federal Payroll Protection Program are ineligible to apply.
  • Eligible health-centered, non-profit organizations can apply for a maximum of $5,000 in one-time operational funding
  • Health-centered, non-profit organizations have to be in existence for at least three years to qualify. 

SHF Executive Director Jim LaJoie said the pandemic has put a number of non-profits in the unenviable position of laying off/furloughing employees and cutting back on operational expenses. The SHF Board, LaJoie noted, clearly recognizes the incredibly important role health-centered, non-profits play in the Upper Peninsula, spurring a much-needed immediate shift in SHF’s giving principles. 

“In its eight-year history, the Superior Health Foundation has traditionally provided very minimal grant dollars for operations. We have, from time to time, awarded initial funding to enable worthwhile projects to get off the ground,” LaJoie said. “However, we are now living in an unprecedented time, a new world. Thus, our Finance & Audit Committee recognized the need to add grant funding to address current events. 

“To that end, the board of directors — acting on advice and recommendations from the SHF Finance and Audit Committee — has unanimously agreed to provide $60,000 in funding to provide a minimum of 12 eligible health-centered, non-profits with one-time payments of up to $5,000 to help with operational support,” he added. “We understand and empathize with the many challenges our non-profit friends and neighbors face and want to do our part to help in any way we can.”

Funding is open to health-centered, non-profit organizations in the Upper Peninsula whose missions clearly align with that of SHF, which is “to assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health in the Upper Peninsula.”

The Grants Committee will meet immediately following the deadline and decide on funding. 

The SHF has set aside other funding for health-centered projects through its Fall Granting Cycle. That cycle will run from July 1-Aug. 1 

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SHF Covid-19 Grant at Work!

Several weeks ago, the Superior Health Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant to Michigan Tech University to help cover expenses for product design and production of filtered face shields, meeting the specifications developed with the Western U.P. Health Department (WUPHD) in development with the National Institute of Health (NIH)
The face shields were donated to local first responders and health organizations who express a need.
We're happy to support!
Do you have a unfunded need during this Covid-19 Pandemic? If so, apply for SHF Covid-19 Pandemic Funding. Simply visit our website at and click on the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund.
Please also consider supporting with a charitable gift to strengthen the fund and help others with pressing needs across the region.
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SHF Covid-19 Funding at Work!

The Superior Health Foundation awarded $1,000 to Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice to help pay for its Zoom healthcare license. This allowed LSLC & Hospice the ability to provide telehealth services for its hospice patients and Adult Day Service caregivers and participants.
To date, the SHF has provided nearly $35,000 in funding to 39 non-profit and service organizations across the Upper Peninsula.
Funding dollars remain in the SHF Covid-19 Pandemic Fund. To apply for funding or to give a charitable gift to help support the fund, simply visit and click on the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund button.
Thank you for your support!
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In May 2019, the Superior Health Foundation awarded a $1,849 mini-grant to the Historic Ironwood Theatre for its “Don’t Laugh at Me” program.
The "Don't Laugh at Me" playwright and performance initiative is a student-driven, anti-bullying program. Its creation was inspired by Peter Yarrow's Operation Respect April 2018 performance at the Ironwood Theatre for area school children. When the Awkward Stage Drama Club (ASDC) started work on the anti-bullying project in June, the intention was to create original scripts addressing bullying.
Several teen members spoke about the pervasiveness of bullying in schools and their desire to make a difference. They wanted the teen members of ASDC to determine the direction of the project, and they have.
The project has evolved with the input of the 25 6th to 12th graders of ASDC. An unanticipated result of the original proposal and SHF mini-grant is the ownership of the initiative shown by ASDC teens. They are speaking out about bullying, and they have expanded on the original idea of a one-time presentation of short, one-act plays. The plan is to have multiple performances of alternative fairy tales followed by a large-scale production of "Shrek the Musical."