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Apply for a Grant

The CareSource Foundation provides grants to non-profit organizations who impact children, adults and families in areas that mirror the social determinants of health. Those include:

  • Economic stability
  • Safe, healthy homes and neighborhoods
  • Job skills and employment
  • Access to healthcare including physical, mental and behavioral health
  • Early childhood education and child development
  • Healthy behaviors and lifestyle concerns
  • Public policy surrounding critical need health issues
  • Strategic public/private partnerships designed to increase healthy communities

Grant Guidelines

  • Requesting organizations must be based in the state of Ohio
  • Proposing organizations must be IRS-qualified 501(c)3 non-profit organizations
  • Grant applications are accepted throughout the year; no formal deadlines
  • Grant applications are reviewed six times/year
    • January
    • March
    • May
    • July
    • September
    • November
  • Preference will be given to those applicants working with populations parallel to the CareSource consumer demographic and those who most closely mirror the funding priorities above.
  • Grantees will be contacted by email with the outcome of their proposal within two weeks of the final review period.
  • Single-year funding only
  • The Foundation will fund either program grants or operating grants—the choice is up to the requesting organization.
  • All successful grantees will agree to a formal end-of-grant evaluation process.
  • Organizations may not apply for grants in consecutive years. At least one year must lapse between the end of the grant before organizations may apply for additional funding (i.e. a grantee in 2015 will not be eligible to reapply for funding until 2017)
  • Typical Responsive Grants are between $3,000 - $7,000 based on the geographical reach, connection to the CareSource consumer population and number of individuals receiving services/impact from the requesting organization

Grant Restrictions

As a result of policy, law or funding restrictions, The CareSource Foundation will generally not fund:

  • Organizations that discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or any applicable federal, state or local laws
  • Organizations without 501(c)3 IRS tax exemption status
  • Individual primary or secondary schools; however, a school partner may be considered
  • Sectarian organizations having a predominantly religious purpose
  • Political parties, offices or individual candidates
  • Fundraising events or benefits
  • Individuals
  • Capital campaigns
  • Fraternal or veteran organizations
  • Scholarships or educational fees
  • Organizations who cannot provide adequate accounting records or procedures
  • Colleges and universities
  • Funding for deficits or debt retirement
  • Disease-specific organizations with multiple chapters throughout Ohio
  • Camps
  • Equine therapy programs
  • Individual hospital, hospital network or hospital foundation requests
  • Senior living residential centers or communities


To Apply for a Responsive Grant from the CareSource Foundation

  • Review the mission of the Foundation and the priority funding focus areas
    • If you believe your organization and/or program is a good fit, please email Cathy Ponitz, Vice President of the CareSource Foundation (cathy.ponitz@caresource.com) with the following:
      • Brief overview of the organization
      • Where your program or organization fits within the social determinants of health priority funding areas
    • The CareSource Foundation utilizes an online grant management system for all grant applications.
    • Upon successful review, you will be invited to apply by email from Cathy Ponitz. The email will contain links to establish your CareSource Foundation account and complete the application process.
    • Paper requests are not accepted
    • Our online grant management system is compatible with the following web browsers:
      • Internet Explorer (IE 11)
      • Mozilla Firefox (v 45 or later)
      • Safari for Mac
      • It is not compatible with Google Chrome
    • Use this Online Application and Reporting Navigation Guide to help you with your application.
    • For specific questions about the online application process, please send an email to: caresourcefoundation@caresource.com

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