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Community Grants

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WellSpan Health is committed to endeavors that improve the health status of the communities and people we serve. To bring that commitment to life, WellSpan’s Community Grants Program provides direct funding for health-related community activities in our neighborhoods.


Grant Guidelines

Community Grant Program

Application cycles are open three times per year. A Letter of Inquiry is typically required as the first step in the process. After internal review of the Letter of Inquiry, organizations will be notified if they will be invited to submit a full application. For specific due dates, email communitygrants@wellspan.org.


Proposed grant projects should

  1. Be consistent with WellSpan Health's vision to improve the health and wellbeing of the people we serve. Health is broadly defined as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being—a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capabilities.
  2. Be relevant to the health status needs as prioritized in the most recent WellSpan Community Health Improvement Plan. Current priority areas include: access to care, health equity, mental well-being, substance use and addiction, community engagement, social determinants of health, and community violence reduction initiatives.
  3. Demonstrate innovation and community collaboration whenever possible.
  4. Have a budget and scope that matches one of our grants:

    • Imagine Grants: These grants enable WellSpan to partner with community organizations to develop and implement innovative solutions to today’s most challenging issues. Specific focus areas will vary with each funding cycle and will address aspects of health equity and social determinants of health. These are big ideas that may lead to transformational change that is measurable and sustainable. Grant amounts will range from $50,000 to $150,000 per year, renewable for up to three years.
    • Inspire Grants: These grants were formerly known as Community Partnership Grants. Support is provided for projects that advance WellSpan’s Community Health Improvement Plan priorities. Projects should be new or expansions of existing programs, one-time seed or gap funding, and have measurable impact. Inspire grants are not for ongoing operational support. Grant amounts average less than $20,000 but larger requests may be considered.
    • Spark Grants: These grants are $5,000 or less and are made available when emergent needs are identified in the communities served by WellSpan.  For example, Slow the Spread grants were made available to address emergent needs related to safety and prevention of the spread of the COVID 19 virus. Notification of the availability of Spark grants will be made by email.  To sign up to be on the email distribution, send contact information to communitygrants@wellspan.org.
    • Summit Endowment Grants: These grants are restricted to organizations and projects exclusively serving residents of Franklin County.  Information about these grants and application processes is available at Summit Endowment.
    • Letters of inquiry: WellSpan recognizes that from time to time, new and creative ideas are developed that may not fit into a grant program. We have developed a brief letter of inquiry that can be completed at any time to enable us to learn more and respond as appropriate.

Application Process

Letters of Inquiry and full applications must be submitted online using the AmpliFund portal. Applications submitted through email or traditional mail will not be accepted. The AmpliFund portal will open to applicants approximately 60 days before the application due date. Please allow up to 90 days after the due date to receive a response.

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