Superior Health Foundation

Pilot Project Grants

Our Mini-Grants are now called Pilot Project Grants.  All applications must be submitted online (no hard copies).  Please click the button below to apply.


Superior Health Foundation provides funding in the form of pilot project grants for new organizations, new projects, and/or new programs designed to improve the health and well-being of the residents of the Upper Peninsula.

Pilot project grants must align with the mission of Superior Health Foundation. They are not intended simply as grants for relatively small dollar amounts, or grants to provide on- going operational support. They are intended to be used as seed money for start-up organizations and projects, expansion of successful projects into new areas, proof of concept grants, or to prove ideas. 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 pilot project grant application process 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 $25,000 in funds from its annual budget (January 1 to December 31) for pilot project grants distribution, with a maximum grant amount of $2,500 that may be awarded for each pilot project 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, and you must clearly indicate on the budget which specific line items you are asking SHF to fund with the pilot project grant.

Other factors which may be taken into consideration include:

• Project is health-centered.

• Project is new and creative.

• Project may provide proof of concept for expansion going forward, and may provide a successful model for other organizations.

• The number of people who will benefit by the project.

Recipient Stories

Superior Health Foundation Supports Beacon House Project

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Superior Health Foundation
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.
Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
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!
Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
SHF Grant at Work!

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."

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