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Grants - Our Approach

Grantmaking Philosophy
In keeping with our mission and the Christian spirit, the Methodist Health System Foundation (MHSF) values health, wellness, and wholeness by offering, supporting or advocating programs and services through our grantmaking program.

Grantmaking Focus
MHSF supports programs and services for the citizens of the metropolitan New Orleans area with an emphasis on the communities of New Orleans East, Gentilly, and St. Bernard.

Programmatic Goals
Methodist Health System Foundation strives to:

  • Improve the physical, emotional, and mental health status of the community.
  • Increase access to healthcare.
  • Promote healthy lifestyles and disease prevention.
  • Assist in the recovery and reestablishment of healthcare services in New Orleans.
  • Provide MHSF staff assistance to other non-profit entities in areas of our internal expertise.

MHSF provides two types of grants:

  1. Strategic grants - MHSF provides funding to programs/projects of various nonprofit 501(1)(3) organizations that serve our geographic focus. The grants may extend over multiple years in accordance with the Board-approved strategic programmatic goals. 

    We engage in grantmaking discussions with organizations that meet our strategic focus. MHSF does not accept unsolicited general applications.
     

  2. Community donations - We provide small support grants to various non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations in the four (4) parish region of Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Jefferson. These donations may be in the form of sponsorships or discretionary donations for organizations in the target areas. The maximum amount to an individual organization will be limited to $5,000 annually.