Community Event Appearances and Support Funding

MetroHealth has been committed to caring for all in Greater Cleveland, inside and outside of our hospital walls, for almost 200 years.

We are proud to partner with organizations advancing the health and wealth of our communities in alignment with our mission and vision.  In addition to system community health programming, MetroHealth also supports initiatives, programs, and events through event appearances, partnerships, and funding to non-profit organizations throughout the year. 


Community Partnership: Event Appearances

MetroHealth participates in community events such as health fairs and festivals throughout Greater Cleveland in support of our partners connecting with community, advancing health equity, and addressing the social drivers of health.

MetroHealth may be able to provide:

  • Health information and access to services
  • Onsite health screenings (limited availability)

We request a 60-day notice to attend an event.  We will consider events with shorter notice. Submitting a request does not guarantee MetroHealth will attend an event. For a variety of reasons, we may not be able to accommodate a request.

How to Request a Community Event Appearance


Community Partnership: Funding or Sponsoring an Event/Initiative/Program

Events, programs, and initiatives must align with MetroHealth system priorities and goals to advance health equity and community engagement to be considered for funding.

MetroHealth will not support:

  • Individuals
  • Golf Tournaments
  • Religious Activities
  • Political activities or campaigns
  • Organizations without current 501(c)3 tax exempt status

Each year MetroHealth receives more requests than funding availability. Application submission does not guarantee funding. Funding should be considered as limited opportunities and not anticipated to be available to support long-term sustainability. The maximum amount of funding that may be requested in total per organization through this process is $10,000 per year. We will release more information on the process to apply for funding amounts in latter 2024.  Please send inquiries to [email protected].

If funded, MetroHealth cannot guarantee funds will be received prior to a specific date. Payment processing may take up to 90 days once all required documentation is received.  Organizations must plan accordingly, apply well in advance of the event and be prepared to carry the cost until payment is processed.

Please send inquiries about funding to [email protected] prior to submitting an application. We will not engage in discussions regarding a specific funding request once an application is submitted and under funding consideration.

Funding Criteria

Mission Alignment

The mission of the organization requesting support and its proposed use of funds must align with MetroHealth’s mission and values.

Priority Areas

Request must relate to one or more priority areas and illustrate how MetroHealth’s investment will advance the health and wealth of communities:

  1. Healthcare: Increase access to healthcare
  2. Social Drivers of Health: Increase access to services and resources that address root causes of health disparities such as access to fresh and affordable food, safe and affordable housing, high quality education, workforce development, social and community connectedness, economic stability, social connectedness, and community conditions.
  3. Health Equity: Support efforts to address systemic inequities

Priority Health Issues

Additional consideration will be given to events/initiatives/programs that align with MetroHealth’s system priorities and target populations with higher rates of poorer health outcomes.

Current priorities include mother/baby health, addiction and behavioral health, trauma and violence prevention, youth development.

Robust Partnership 

MetroHealth prioritizes partnership opportunities that build long-term relationships with community organizations for sustainable change. There should be opportunities for a mutually beneficial partnership beyond a once-a-year event. 

Organizations should consider opportunities to partner with the health system beyond funding opportunities. Where feasible, funded organizations may be requested to partner with relevant MetroHealth programming and activities.

Budget/Sponsorship Request

MetroHealth reviews the reasonableness of funding requests for alignment with mission and opportunities for engagement and recognition. 


Organizations awarded a grant must agree to provide an after event/initiative/project report detailing the use of funds and outcomes of the sponsored activities. MetroHealth will also review the history of funding and outcomes for a requesting organization.

We will review any potential conflicts of interests including MetroHealth staff who may serve on an organization’s board. Do not ask any MH staff to inquire or advocate for funding on an organization’s behalf. Doing so may prohibit MetroHealth from providing any form of funding.

When applying please be prepared to list any MetroHealth staff serving on the board.  We will also inquire if any federal elected or federal agency officials serves on the board. In addition, if a sponsored event request is honoring any federal elected or federal agency officials.


Be prepared to attach the organization's W-9 on the latest version of the form, sponsorship packages, and/or flyers to submit application.

Review Cycle

Application submission does not guarantee support. Applications should be submitted well in advance of the start date of your event/initiative/program.

Applications will be reviewed on the following cycle:

Application Submission Funding Notification
1st Quarter November - February April
2nd Quarter March - May  July
3rd Quarter June - August October
4th Quarter September - November January

How to Request Funding



Please contact [email protected]