Good Samaritan Grants

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Approximately US $5,000

Fields of work: Basic Human Needs Poverty Alleviation & Services Employment Services Educational Access & Equity Economic Rights & Justice Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Vaccines Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Location of residency: Cuyahoga County, Ohio

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2021 Updates Related to COVID-19

  • Good Samaritan grant awards will be prioritized according to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on an organization’s target population or on the organization’s ability to provide necessary and immediate goods and services.
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; applicants will be notified of grant status within three weeks of application submission.
  • As in past years, we anticipate grant funding of around $5,000 upon application approval.

Good Samaritan Grants Program

As an urban center undergoing significant economic change, Cleveland has some of the highest poverty rates in the nation. From day to day, families and individuals in our community struggle to meet their basic needs as they strive to climb out of economic poverty. The devastation of poverty is magnified by the inequitable impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. While the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland devotes most of its resources to achieve long-term change in health, housing, and education, it cannot ignore the magnitude of this daily struggle for food, shelter, clothing and other basic needs.

The Good Samaritan Program responds to our community’s challenge of ensuring that its residents can meet their basic needs. Inspired by the parable of Jesus calling us to be good neighbors, this program’s particular purpose is to support non-profit organizations for which a modest grant would make a difference in continuing to provide necessary and immediate goods and services to individuals living in poverty. The program expresses the important value of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine of respecting the dignity of every individual.

Guidance on Basic Needs

Basic needs generally encompasses food, clothing, emergency shelter, identification and transportation to access these services. In addition, necessary goods associated with the basic needs, such as utilities & hygiene products, stipends, etc. will be considered. Necessary goods associated with being able to find employment or to attend school may also be considered a basic need.

The program may fund emergency, short-term medications or medical supplies, recognizing that the program is not intended to address systemic and substantial funding gaps in health care. The program also supports requests that deter the spread of the COVID-19, These requests could include resources to support vaccinations, or PPE. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Organizations must be tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations that primarily serve residents of Cuyahoga County.


  • Priority is given to organizations to organizations who meet the following criteria:
    • Annual budgets under $1 million.
    • Organizations who are located in the central community (zip codes 44104, 44115, 44103)
    • Organizations whose services and goods primarily target populations in (zip codes 44104, 44115, 44103)


  • Good Samaritan grants may not be used for operating and salary support, endowments, capital campaigns, fundraising campaigns (including annual appeals), membership drives, debt retirement, construction, or individual scholarships. 


This page was last reviewed April 09, 2021 and last updated April 09, 2021