Making a Difference

Contribution Guidelines

Premier Health Community Benefits contributions supports organizations in Southwest Ohio that assist in building healthier communities by helping individuals live healthier and productive lives. The programs we consider for discretionary support will impact the health of individuals located in our 8 county service areas; Montgomery, Miami, Greene, Darke, Shelby, Clark, Warren and Butler counties.  Grant making policy and specific grant decisions are made by the Community Benefits Subcommittee (or designees).   The size and number of contribution awards are directly related to the amount of money available each year.  The Community Benefits Subcommittee reserves the right to make exceptions to the grant application process.

Available Funding 

There are two types of requests based on the amount of money you are requesting. Please read through the requirements below before applying for funds.

What We Look for in a Project

  • Addresses Social Determinants: The social determinants of health are all the environmental factors that influence your health, including early childhood development, employment opportunities, food insecurity, air and water quality, transportation, educational attainment, public safety, and housing.
  • Addresses Health Equity & Disparities: Health equity is achieved when immutable characteristics such as race, gender, sexual identity, and more are not correlated to higher rates of adverse health outcomes. Health disparities are the differences in health outcomes based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and/or socio-economic status.
  • Upstream Approach: An upstream approach addresses the community factors that shape health before any clinical intervention is necessary (also known as social determinants of health). These factors can include fields as diverse as affordable housing, public safety, access to healthy food and economic opportunity.
  • Integrated: Partnerships that align the practices and perspectives of communities, health systems and public health under a shared vision, establishing new roles while continuing to draw upon the strengths of each partner
  • Local: Partnerships that engage neighborhood residents and community leaders as key voices and thought leaders throughout all stages of planning and implementation
  • Data- Driven and Evidence Based: Partnerships that use data from both clinical and community sources as a tool to identify key needs, measure meaningful change, and facilitate transparency amongst stakeholders to generate actionable insights. Mirroring proven strategies that facilitate tangible change.

Contribution Eligibility Questionnaire

The following are questions that will help determine if you should apply for funding.  If your answer no to any of the following questions, reconsider applying.

  • Does the activity address an identified community health need identified on Premier Health’s website?
  • Does the activity support Premier Health’s Vision and Mission?
  • Is your organization a recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, according to the Internal Revenue Code?
  • Is the activity designed to improve health?
  • Does the activity produce a measurable community benefit?
  • Would an objective “prudent layperson” question whether the program truly benefits the community? 
  • Is the initiative realistic?
  • Do you and/or your collaborative group have the capacity to implement the project?
  • Do you have appropriately trained staff and/or volunteers?
  • Is your initiative unique and unduplicated that will affect a substantial number of people?
  • Do you have additional committed funders?

Final Report

A final report will be due 30 days after the project is complete.  The information in the final report may be shared through Premier Health’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) or publications to generate awareness in our community about the organization and the project. The final report should include:

  • Explain how your project addressed Premier Health’s community health priorities and/or helped Premier Health fulfill its vision and mission.
    • Please include tangible metrics of improving the health of the community.  
  • Photographs, with captions, showing the project in action (per privacy and HIPPA/ PHI compliance guidelines). 
  • If possible, please share how the community can get involved or help you continue to grow and benefit your service area.
  • Premier Health reserves the right to ask for updates anytime during the process. 

If an organization’s final report is past due and no attempt has been made by the organization to extend the final report deadline, the organization will become ineligible to apply for a grant (including Discretionary and BLUE Light funds) for a period of two years

Funding Categories

Community Health Improvement

Community activities or programs that respond to community needs and seek to achieve objectives including; improving access to health services, enhance public health, advancing increased general knowledge. 

This includes actives or programs that do the following:

  • Are available broadly to the public and serve low-income consumers.
  • Reduce geographic, financial, or cultural barriers to accessing health services, and if ceased to exist would result in access problems.
  • Address federal, state or local health priorities such as eliminating disparities in health care among different populations.
  • Advance increased general knowledge through education or research that benefits the public

Examples of Supported Activities

  • Community Health education 
  • Community -based clinical services, such as health services and screenings for underinsured and uninsured persons 
  • Support groups that support groups related to community need, such as for prevention of child abuse or managing chronic disease.
  • Health care support services, such as enrollment assistance in public program and transportation efforts. 
  • Self-help program: These include wellness and health-promotion programs for the community, such as those for smoking cessation, exercise, and weight loss
  • Social and Environmental Improvement Activities
  • Community health initiatives addressing specific health targets and goals.
  • Community-based chaplaincy programs and spiritual care, including pastoral outreach programs.

Community Building Activities

Community-building activities improve the community’s health and safety by addressing the root causes of health problems, such as poverty, homelessness, environmental hazards, etc.... These activities strengthen the community’s capacity to promote the health and well-being of its residents by offering the expertise and resources of the health care organization.

Examples of Supported Activities:

  • Physical improvements and housing   
  • Economic development
  • Community Support: Efforts to establish or enhance community support networks 
  • Environmental improvements
  • Leadership development and training for community members
  • Coalition building
  • Community health improvement advocacy
  • Advocacy for Community Health Improvements and Safety
  • Workplace development

What We Generally Do Not Fund

  • Individuals
  • General organizational operations and ongoing programs
  • 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.
  • Scientific, medical or academic research projects
  • Operational deficits or reduced or lost funding
  • Scholarships and travel grants
  • Annual fundraising drives, ceremonies, conferences, workshops, special or one-time events
  • Public or private schools
  • Endowment funds
  • Affiliates of labor organizations
  • Organizations which receive sizeable portions of their support through municipal, county, state or federal dollars.
  • Golf tournaments and/or outings.
  • Art exhibits
  • Hospitals and universities for internal programs
  • Matching grants (unless local dollars are needed to fulfill a condition for a state or federal grant)
  • Publications, including books, reports, research papers
  • National and or state health organizations.
  • Organizations that only benefit a few people.
  • Organizations raising money for second party giving for community purposes.
  • Political organizations, candidates for political office and organizations whose primary purpose is to influence legislation. With certain, limited exceptions, we do not support campaigns for which we have to create employee teams to raise additional funds for an organization.

For Additional Information

Please contact Shaun Hamilton, Program Director, at (937) 499-8426(937) 499-8426 or via email at

Content Updated: May 9, 2017

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