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.

Purpose

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 (www.superiorhealthfoundation.org). 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

Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
Several weeks ago, the Superior Health Foundation partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to provide funding to public schools in the U.P. to assure lunches are available. BCBS and SHF each committed $12,500 in funding to the project.
We're pleased to report that dozens of school districts across the region have been provided funding to help them through the Covid-19 Pandemic.
There are limited dollars still remaining in the fund. If interested in applying, simply visit superiorhealthfoundation.org and click on the Covid-19 Relief School Meal Funding Application.
The map below and accompanying info show the U.P. counties impacted by this funding. It goes without saying that SHF is tremendously grateful to BCBS of Michigan for engaging SHF on this incredible partnership to feed our children.
Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
As many of you know, the Superior Health Foundation launched the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund a week ago today to help health-centered, non-profits and organizations across the Upper Peninsula with immediate equipment, sanitary supplies and other other needs. We want to hear from you.
To date, we have funded a number of organizations across the U.P. and we want to do more. We're willing and able to talk, to listen, to help you during this unprecedented time.
To apply for funding, for up to $1,000, simply visit superiorhealthfoundation.org and click on the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund button on the home page.
We also encourage you to give a charitable, tax-deductible git to help support this fund. With your generosity, we can help many, many during this time of angst and uncertainty. You can direct your gift to the area of greatest need, to masks, to cleaning supplies and to office equipment.
Thank you for your tremendous support. If you have questions or needs, simply email shf@superiorhealthfoundation.org.
Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
Covid-19 Update on UP Connect/Rides For Wellness for Non-Emergent Medical Transportation in the U.P.
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At this time, public transit agencies across the Upper Peninsula and the MTC ConnectUP Rides To Wellness program are still operating as normal. We are still accepting trip requests and fulfilling them and will continue to do so as long as our transportation partners remain open and functioning.
As everything with the new reality we are living under the Covid-19 pandemic, this situation is fluid and can change on a daily basis. Unless transit agencies are forced to suspend operations, though, we intend to still be able to function and schedule trips.
We are seeing a lot of medical appointments cancelled, some by the medical providers and some by the riders who do not choose to venture out of their homes. We have worked with all of our providers to make sure that vehicles are properly cleaned and disinfected on a regular daily schedule, often several times per day.
We have temporarily suspended further build-out of our transportation provider network and have cut back significantly on bringing on new funding partners; however, due to the uncertainty of the current situation.
All of our MTC employees are currently working remotely from their homes.
We are hopeful that the immediate danger from the coronavirus will pass quickly and that we can resume full operations in the not-too-distant future.

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