Superior Health Foundation

Proactive Grant Giving

Superior Health Foundation releases Request for Information (RFI) for 2019 Proactive Grant Focus: Medical Transportation in the Upper Peninsula

Application deadline:  5 p.m. Tuesday, April 30

The Superior Health Foundation (SHF) is pleased to launch its 2019 Proactive Grant Focus process with the release of a Request for Information (RFI) to gather criteria about organizations with the capacity and vision to make an impact on improving medical transportation services throughout the Upper Peninsula.

“The Superior Health Foundation continues to lay the groundwork as an effective, empowering U.P. – wide philanthropic foundation with a health-centered focus,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. 

“Our board of directors is very engaged in the process of making sure the foundation fosters collaboration and focuses financial grant assistance to organizations addressing healthcare needs through innovative solutions which impact the entire Upper Peninsula.

“Addressing medical transportation has long been in the minds of the SHF staff and directors. Assuring patients and their families have adequate, affordable transportation to get to their appointments is vitally important,” LaJoie added. “We’re optimistic that, with SHF funding and other funding partners, we will have the capacity to provide evidence-based transportation solutions across the region.      

In 2019, SHF will award approximately $340,000 to an organization, or a collaborative group of organizations, for innovative approaches that leverage the foundation’s funding to make substantial progress in addressing medical transportation. These monies will also be available in 2020 to make a substantial impact in addressing medical transportation.   

After the responses to the RFI are received, the foundation will convene a roundtable meeting on June 6, 2019, in Marquette to help target the (Request for Proposal) RFP for the grant award.  The anticipated timing for the RFP release is June 28, with an award decision in late August.  SHF provides special consideration to those organizations which complete the RFI process.

To submit a response to the RFI, complete the online form or stop in to the SHF office, located at 121 N. Front St., Marquette, MI 49855 to pick up a paper form.

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 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.
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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 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
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Superior Health Foundation
Covid-19 Update on UP Connect/Rides For Wellness for Non-Emergent Medical Transportation in the U.P.

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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