Saint Joseph hospitals in Lexington, London and Mount Sterling seek applications for grants to improve well-being, health equity

By Melissa Patrick
Kentucky Health News

The CHI Saint Joseph Health hospitals in Kentucky are accepting applications for local nonprofit organizations to apply for grants aimed at supporting services to improve well-being and health equity in their service areas.

The grants are part of the Community Health Improvement Grants program, which was created in 2019 when Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health came together to create the national health system CommonSpirit Health.

Grants through Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East in Lexington, and Saint Joseph London, can be as small as $20,000 and as large as $100,000. Grant opportunities are also available at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling to serve that area, ranging from $10,000 to $19,500.  Click here for the link to the application website.

“Grant applications must include collaborating partner organizations helping to deliver services and not be solely about one agency’s work,” Michael Bilton, CommonSpirit Health’s senior director for community health and benefit, said in a news release.

The application period is open through Aug. 16. Grants are available to nonprofit organizations that address substance-use disorders, mental health, and issues involving weight, physical activity and nutrition. All projects must be planned for calendar year 2025.

The priorities were identified in the hospitals’ most recent community health needs assessment, which is conducted every three years.

“We are deeply committed to the well-being of our community,” Christy Spitser, interim market president of CHI Saint Joseph Health, said in the release. “Providing grants to local nonprofits is a vital part of our mission to give back and make a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve.”

Interested organizations can learn more about the grant program, including eligibility criteria, how to apply, and a local contact for questions, by visiting

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