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New Cabrini Foundation Open, Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, a $3.2 billion organization planning to award up to $150 million annually to reduce disparities in health care, opened its grant portal on April 18th for its statewide grants program. LeadingAge NY, which met with officials of the Foundation, sees opportunity for our not-for-profit members to benefit from these grants.

The Cabrini Foundation plans to address the causes of health care and social determinants of health disparities across New York State through an effective, targeted grantmaking program. The Foundation is particularly interested in increasing health care access in underserved communities, specifically:

  • low-income individuals and families;
  • older adults;
  • immigrants and migrant workers;
  • formerly incarcerated individuals;
  • persons with special needs;
  • veterans;
  • young children;
  • pregnant women and new moms; and
  • youth and young adults.

Under the “older adults” category, the following types of initiatives are listed as examples:

  • Targeting programs which address social isolation, such as community-based day-programs.
  • Expanding ride sharing programs for older adults for doctor appointments and errands.
  • Supporting programs for people suffering from age-related dementia and mental illness.
  • Targeting programs to provide home health services, alert systems, and hearing aids in locations with concentrations of older persons (such as Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities).
  • Promoting the development and implementation of elder abuse prevention intervention programs.
  • Supporting programs that help older adults and their families with end of life issues and palliative care.

The application process consists of two stages: a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and a Full Application. LOIs for this first round of applications are due on May 9, 2019 by 5 p.m. EST. Interested organizations are asked to submit their grant requests through the Foundation’s online application portal. Both LOIs and Full Applications are to be submitted through the online portal. The Foundation plans to provide a status update to each LOI applicant by June 2019. Qualified applicants whose projects are identified as potentially strong fits will be invited by email to submit full proposals through the grant portal within four weeks, with award announcements planned for the fourth quarter of 2019. Another solicitation for the statewide grants program is expected for 2020, according to the Foundation.

Applicant organizations do not need to be Catholic but are advised to familiarize themselves with Catholic teachings to better understand this crucial component of the Cabrini Foundation’s grant application evaluation. Additional information on grant eligibility can be found here.

The Cabrini Foundation is one of the largest in the United States and the largest foundation focused exclusively on New York State. It originated from the sale of Fidelis Care, a not-for-profit health insurer operated by the bishops of the Catholic dioceses of New York, to Centene Corporation.

Contact: Dan Heim, dheim@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8866