Yes. MCHF is offering grants to assist organizations dealing with COVID-19 through the Coronavirus Emergency Support Grants program. The initial round of emergency grants were by invitation, but it is possible to be considered for the next round of funding by submitting an LOI. In order to be considered for a Coronavirus Emergency Support Grant, you must select “An initiative intended to help with COVID-19 issues or consequences” as the Project Status in the Narrative section of the LOI. These emergency grants will generally be awarded for funding levels in the range of $75,000 – $150,000.
Yes, but each project will have to be submitted as a separate LOI. Please be sure to follow the instructions above on how to be considered for a Coronavirus Emergency Support Grant.
Given the urgency of the situation, the deadline to submit a proposal for an emergency grant is 5:00 pm ET on Monday, May 4. The deadline to submit an LOI for consideration in the Statewide Grants program is 5:00 pm on Wednesday, June 3.
Decisions on the next round of funding will be made by the end of May. Selected organizations will be invited to submit an application for an emergency grant.
The application process consists of two stages: the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and the Full Application. Both LOIs and Full Applications should be submitted through our online application portal which can be accessed directly from our website. The first time you visit our application portal, you will be prompted to set up a new user account. Prospective applicants will log into the portal using this account to access and submit the LOI form to MCHF for consideration.
We require all application forms to be submitted through our online application system. To do so, please visit the Apply for a Grant section of our website and follow the instructions.
No. However, each proposal should be for distinct projects.
No. You do not need separate accounts for each LOI. However, each project you submit for will need a separate proposal.
On the bottom of the log on page, click on the “Forgot your password?” link. You will be prompted to provide the email that was used to set up the account. Once provided, you will receive an email with instructions to reset your password.
Applicants will have seven weeks to complete their LOIs. The LOI submission window opens on April 15, 2020 and LOIs are due on June 3, 2020 by 5:00 pm ET.
Generally, every requested document is required in order to be considered for our grants program. If your organization is unable to produce any of the requested documents, please submit a letter that explains the reasoning. You will be unable to submit your LOI without uploading all the requested documents or the explanation(s) in their place.
Yes. Please provide a letter explaining the basis for the exemption. In limited circumstances, MCHF may agree to accept alternative financial documentation in lieu of audited financial statements. Such determinations will be made at the discretion of MCHF on a case-by-case basis.
Please submit only the requested attachments.
MCHF plans to notify all those who submitted an LOI by August 2020 with a status update. Qualified applicants whose projects are identified by MCHF as potentially strong fits for our Program will be invited by email to submit full proposals through our grant portal using the same account set up for the LOI submission.Applicants who do not receive invitations will be informed by email that we do not intend to consider their proposal further.
Applicants will have approximately three-four weeks to submit their full proposals from the time they are invited.
MCHF plans to notify selected applicants and issue award letters by the end of 2020.
We plan to notify applicants of projects we decide not to support by the end of 2020.
Yes. In certain cases MCHF may consider awarding funds to renew projects that were funded in 2019.
No. Any existing grantee who is interested in being considered for grant renewal is required to complete an LOI through one of our grant portals. The process is the same for renewal applicants as it is for organizations that are applying for funding for the first time.
Due to the large number of requests we anticipate, we will not be able to respond to requests for feedback.
There is a question on the LOI form where applicants are asked to indicate if the proposal is for a renewal request.
Yes. All applications for grant renewal will be required to attach progress to date interim reports (expenditure reports and narrative forms) in order to be considered. MCHF will only grant renewals to projects that have demonstrated progress and clear promise for continued positive impact should the initiative be extended.
Yes. Applicants can reapply in 2020.
No. Our renewal program is reserved for projects that have been successfully launched and are seeking continuation and/or expansion with funding from the 2020 grants program.
Grant awards will be issued in late 2020.
No. All proposals for our Statewide Grants Program must go through the LOI screening process for consideration.
No, however, the project itself must focus exclusively on serving New York State residents.
No. Grants may only be made to domestic section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service and the State of New York. Specifically, grants may only be made to a domestic public charity as described in Internal Revenue Code section 509(a)(1) or (2) or an exempt operating foundation as described in Internal Revenue Code section 4940(d)(2).
No. The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation does not make grants directly to individuals.
The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation makes grants to organizations directly rather than through individual fundraising activities; therefore, we are unable to support your cause.
Following the example of Saint Frances Cabrini and the longstanding commitment of the Catholic Church to social justice and providing healthcare to the poor and marginalized, the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation works with Catholic and non-Catholic organizations. Among the non-Catholic organizations will be other faith-based and secular institutions. While there may be positions taken and practices engaged in by some of these groups that are inconsistent with or contrary to Catholic teachings, the Foundation will only fund activities fully in accord with those teachings. A grant from the Foundation in no way signifies an endorsement of all aspects of a grant recipient’s work.
For reference, we have included a brief summary below of our Catholic values which includes a link to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The summary overview can also be accessed directly from the grant portal. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read this information closely before applying for a grant.
In addition to the Coronavirus Emergency Support Grants, MCHF has three programs. These programs provide grants to nonprofit organizations serving poor, underserved, disadvantaged individuals and families in New York State.
Our Statewide Grants Program is open to the public and focuses on identifying projects that best serve our 2020 Grant Priorities. Please note that the proposals funded under the Statewide Grants Program can provide services throughout the entire State of New York, or selected areas of New York.
Our Regional Grants Program is designed to ensure proportionate regional funding for targeted, mission-aligned projects identified by MCHF. Applications for this program are accepted on an Invitation-Only basis.
Our Special Initiatives Grants Program seeks to fund innovative or impactful projects that help further our mission. Applications for this program are accepted on an Invitation-Only basis.
In 2020, MCHF plans to prioritize funding of direct services and programs. It does not plan on funding general support or research. We may choose, however, to provide funding in these areas on a limited, case- by- case basis.
Most grants awarded are not for capital projects. We may choose, however, to fund capital projects on a limited, case-by-case basis.
Organizations can submit ideas to MCHF via our website. We will consider ideas received in tandem with other proactively identified projects that serve specific areas of focus. Note, however, that there is no designated time frame in which an organization should expect a response from MCHF regarding proposed ideas.
No. The Foundation does not have a rolling review process. All LOIs and subsequent applications will be reviewed within a designated time period.
No. MCHF does not fund advocacy programs. We are focusing on funding programs that provide direct services to the populations that we have identified.
Yes. The Foundation welcomes proposals that reflect collaboration. We will want to know about the track record of the main organization, as well as your partners in achieving the proposed program objectives and goals.