Superior Health Foundation

Equipment Grants

Equipment Fund Grants Policy

Purpose: Superior Health Foundation provides funding in the form of equipment grants for the purchase of sustainable, health-related equipment to benefit the health and well-being of the residents of the Upper Peninsula.

Equipment grant purchases must align with the mission of Superior Health Foundation. Our goal is for families, neighbors and all residents of the Upper Peninsula to work together to build healthier neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for all residents.

Who May Apply: Students, neighborhood groups, local clubs, non-profits; anyone within Upper Michigan who wishes to improve the health of UP residents. Students need an adult sponsor.

How to Apply: Complete the online equipment grant application on the Superior Health Foundation webpage ( If the SHF Grants Committee determines that your application meets the criteria, it will contact you. Potential grantees may be asked to make a short 10- minute presentation to the committee.

Funding: Superior Health Foundation may provide up to $10,000 in funds from its annual budget (January 1 to December 31) for equipment fund grants distribution, with a maximum grant amount of $2,500 that may be awarded for each equipment fund grant.

Selection: Grants will be reviewed by the SHF Grants Committee on a monthly basis, or as needed. Selection will be contingent upon funds available and how well proposals meet the criteria of benefiting the health of UP residents. A project budget must accompany the grant. Please include detailed information on the piece(s) of equipment to be purchased, as well as specific pricing information, including quotes or invoices.

Other factors which may be taken into consideration include:
• Equipment is health-related.
• The number of people who will benefit by the purchase of equipment. • Equipment is durable and sustainable.

• The amount of support the project has from other businesses, groups, or individuals. At least two letters of support are required. These letters should be written by people outside of your organization who are potential partners for your project, have experience with similar projects, or can speak to the potential benefit this equipment could have. The letters of support must be relevant to your project and grant application. Please do not use canned letters. The letters should be originally drafted by the people signing them.

• Presentation to the Committee.

A final report describing the results of the grant must be provided to the SHF Grants Committee by the reporting due date. Failure to provide a final report could result in denial of future grant requests.

Updated: December 19, 2019

Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
Today, we send out a tremendous Thank You to Aspirus Hospital & Clinics for agreeing to be a Gala Champion ($5,000) sponsor for our Ninth Annual Gala on Sept. 12 in the Northern Center at NMU. SHF is forming a wonderful relationship with Aspirus and this show of sponsorship support is a testament of that trust. There are good things on the horizon. Thank you Aspirus for believing in our cause and offering your support! We are tremendously thankful! Awesome!
Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
ConnectUP Rides to Wellness Program is up and running

Rides to Wellness is a comprehensive non-emergency medical transportation
(NEMT) program.
Michigan Transportation Connection (MTC) received a two-year, $800,000 grant from the Superior Health Foundation to build a service in all 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula to provide transportation for NEMT. This process involves finding transportation providers to provide the service and funding partners to make it sustainable beyond the two-year grant period.
To date (Feb. 18), six counties (Chippewa, Delta, Gogebic, Luce, Mackinac and Schoolcraft) have providers. In those counties, several partners are making referrals for rides. Every day, more providers and partners are being added, which allows expansion to additional counties.
At this time, ConnectUP anticipates its next level of service expansion, by summer 2020, to include Alger, Dickinson, Houghton, Menominee and Ontonagon Counties. Project expansion to the remaining counties (Baraga, Iron, Keweenaw and Marquette) is expected to occur by fall.
Rides to Wellness is only available to clients who are connected with one of the Rides to Wellness partners.
There is service to non-emergency medical appointments in-state and out-of-state.
For more information and to find what services are available in your area, call 1-844-532-7433 (press 1) or email
Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
Today, the Superior Health Foundation was in beautiful Dickinson County where it did a pair of educational presentations. Lynn Hill and I thank the good folks in Iron Mountain and Kingsford for their hospitality and kindness. It was a great day!

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