The Sisters Health Foundation has two major grant programs, the Responsive Grant Program and the Basic Needs/Direct Service Grants Program.

General Eligibility for All Grant Programs

  • To apply, an applicant must be a tax-exempt nonprofit under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution.
  • The project or strategy will positively impact residents in one or more counties of our service area:
    West Virginia: Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, Wood
    Ohio: Athens, Meigs, Washington
  • The funding request advances oral health, healthy lifestyles, or health equity in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

However, we are unable to make grants to:

  • Endowment funds
  • Individuals
  • Organizations seeking retroactive funding for projects that have been completed or will be complete prior to the grant decision date;
  • Organizations seeking capital improvement funding for leased or rented facilities
  • Organizations that engage in proselytizing as part of their mission or programs

Applicants may only apply once in a 12-month period for either the Basic Needs/Direct Service or Responsive grants programs.

Grant Cycles and Deadlines

The Sisters Health Foundation has two grant cycles per year, fall and spring. For both grant programs, materials should be submitted online no later than midnight on the deadline date.
Basic Needs/Direct Service Grant Program Deadlines
Responsive Grant Program Deadlines

Priority Areas for All Grant Programs


Oral Health

We support projects and strategies that promote improved oral health, particularly in children, by promoting one or more of the following:

  • Improved oral health and hygiene in pregnant women and young children
  • Increased access to professional dental care for the uninsured and underinsured
  • Development of a positive culture for oral health in the Mid-Ohio Valley
  • Effective education of parents and children in the practice of good oral hygiene
  • Advocacy of policy changes that promote and support improvement in oral health

Healthy Lifestyles

We support projects and strategies that prevent chronic health conditions by promoting healthy eating and active living through one or more of the following:

  • Education about the health implications of obesity, poor nutrition, and inactivity
  • Environmental changes that make healthy choices the easy choices
  • Increased access to healthy foods
  • Promotion and provision of opportunities for increased physical activity
  • Advocacy of policy changes that promote and encourage healthy lifestyles

Health Equity

We support projects and strategies that address socioeconomic, racial, and geographic disparities in health care by:

  • Improving the accessibility, affordability, and quality of health care, as well as eliminating conditions such as poverty and discrimination that contribute to health disparities.
  • Building on strong local leadership within the community served
  • Utilizing and increasing broad and effective support within the community
  • Advocating for policy changes that will improve health equity for residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley

Health equity exists when everyone has the opportunity to “attain their full health potential” and no one is “disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of their social position or other socially determined circumstance.” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)