Community Benefit Application Guidelines

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program will only consider projects which address:
    • Identified areas of need within the community based on the Community Health Needs Assessment.  The following are the areas identified for 2013-2016:
      • Obesity (ex: healthy eating education for pre-schoolers)
      • Lung Cancer Incidence (ex: smoking cessation courses, teen smoking prevention programs)
      • Access to Primary Care  (ex: transportation, visiting nurses)
    • Priority is given to projects that demonstrate the following:
      • Projects that leverage additional resources through grants or other outside funding resources
      • Projects that will address the needs in one or all of the 11 counties included in Guthrie's service area
      • Projects that address prevention or a systematic approach will be preferred
      • Projects that have measureable goals and the greatest potential to be self-sustaining
  • Applicants must be a 501(c)3 organization
  • Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program does NOT provide funding for:
    • Financing for organizational debt relief or indirect costs (including building rent, insurance, utilities, etc)
    • Personnel benefits, vacation time, disability insurance (salary would not be permissible)
    • Programs that further religious causes or political activities
    • Sponsorship of fundraising events. (Guthrie occasionally sponsors these types of community events as part of targeted marketing efforts to raise awareness about Guthrie in key service areas.  These are not supported through Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grants program.)
    • Marketing programs aimed at increasing public awareness of an individual organization's brand
    • Programs that discriminate based on race, religion, skin color, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation and/or marital status
    • Programs or projects benefiting a specific individual

Application Process:

  • To apply for funding, click here to access the application for Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grants.  Please attach additional sheets or information as needed.
  • The grant process is based on a fiscal year starting July 1 and ending June 30.  Available Grant monies may vary from year to year. Any requests over $10,000.00 must be received by March 1 for the following fiscal year
  • Please submit only one grant request per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30), per organization
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and evaluated quarterly.
  • You will receive a letter to inform you of the result of your application.  Funds will be available to all successful candidates within 90 days of committee approval.

Your Responsibilities:

As part of the funding terms, Guthrie requires the following commitment from Grant recipients:

  • Annual update or report on the program/project to be submitted no later than 3 months following the end of the Guthrie fiscal year. This report should include a description of the outcomes or actions implemented with awarded funds. Additionally, the report should include an evaluation of these outcomes or actions and any recommendations.
  • Involvement in a Guthrie annual survey, if requested
  • Acknowledgement of Guthrie in public information about the program/project.  Guthrie may promote your program/project in its communications (Annual Report, Website, Newsletter, etc.)
  • Contact the Guthrie Resource Development Department at 570-887-4420, for alternative/extended uses if unable to fulfill original request parameters.