Good Samaritan Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports healthcare and health education in Kentucky. It is a grantmaking extension of the United Methodist Church and has one grant application cycle per year.  

FUNDING AREAS: Healthcare, health education

IP TAKE: This funder is concerned as much (or more) about health as about religion in its grantmaking. If you’re looking for a one-year grant, don’t write off Good Samaritan for secular health programs in the community.

PROFILE: The Good Samaritan Foundation (GSF) is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is a ministry of the Kentucky Annual Conference. They provide annual grants to local groups working in healthcare and health education. The Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church includes more than 150,000 members in over 800 churches. The conference office is located in Crestwood, Kentucky.

Grants are limited to the state of Kentucky and guided by United Methodist Church principles. It gives mostly to primary and preventative health programs that serve low-income and uninsured individuals. However, GSF does not support brick-and-mortar projects, general operating costs, administrative costs, or non-medical equipment.

In the past, the yearly grant application cycle has opened up on the first of January and run through the first of March. Then, the grant cycle is from July 1 to June 30, with grants lasting for one year. Applications are reviewed by the board of trustees’ grants review committee. The full GSF board makes final determinations about new grants.

Local groups can download the grant application from the funder’s website and email it to gsf@kyumc.org. Mid-year report and final report forms can also be downloaded here. View foundation financial data on GuideStar.

Other grant opportunities exist outside this foundation which are still affiliated with the church group. For example, there’s the Frank King Fund grants and the Eastern Kentucky UM Health Education and Welfare Fund. The King Fund provides $3,000 grants to churches for additions and improvements. The Eastern Kentucky UM fund has been supporting healthcare programs in Eastern Kentucky since 2005.

All grantseeker questions can be directed to the Kentucky Conference Treasurer’s Office by email to gsf@kyumc.org or by phone at 800-530-7236. The best point of contact here is Joni Way, the director of administrative services and conference treasurer. Way’s direct contacts are jway@kyumc.org and 502-425-3884. The foundation’s mailing address is 7400 Floydsburg Road, Crestwood, Kentucky 40014.  

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