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Community Contributions Program

Lee Health is a not-for-profit public health system with the primary mission of providing patient care. Lee Health is dedicated to giving back to its local community through the Office of Community Affairs. Our goal is to contribute in support of health resources, particularly for our most vulnerable populations. Lee Health partners with others to ensure that:

  1. Our community investments align with our mission to be a trusted partner, empowering healthier lives through care and compassion.
  2. Our community is healthy and vibrant; we partner to improve health equity and access.
  3. Our community is an environment that attracts and sustains a diverse Lee Health workforce to provide the best patient care for our residents and guests.

If there are other ways Lee Health can be of support to an organization, especially through employee volunteerism, please let us know at CommunityAffairs@LeeHealth.org.

Program Information

Lee Health considers requests from registered 501(c)(3) organizations in Southwest Florida for sponsorship of new and ongoing programs, education and/or awareness or other community outreach activities that support the stated goals. These may include:

  1. Community health & human services
  2. Education and workforce development
  3. Statement of community need

Each request will be considered for particular alignment with any of the following health priorities as identified by our most recent Community Health Needs Assessment:

  1. Cancer
  2. Cardiology or Neurology
  3. Mental & behavioral health
  4. Obesity/nutrition/lifestyle
  5. Social determinants of health (SDOH)

Organizations may request funding no more than once per calendar year. Lee Health support is a nonrecurring, one-time commitment.

Eligibility

Are you eligible to apply for Lee Health Community Support? Yes, if:

  • You are a Southwest Florida community-based organization with a 501(c)(3) federal designation or an organization that is being provided fiscal agent oversight by an established community-based organization with such designations, a school or government agency.
  • The program for which you seek funding fits within the health priority needs listed above.
  • Services/support offered is available to residents of Lee County; Pediatric, Trauma Center or Injury Prevention Services must be available to the residents of greater Southwest Florida, specifically the five-county region: Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, Collier and Lee.
  • Funded organizations submit an Outcome Status Report describing progress toward project goals and outcomes achieved. Submissions are due according to the deadlines listed below.

Lee Health’s Community Contribution Program does not provide funding for:

  • Endowments
  • Financing for the sole purpose of organizational debt relief
  • Religious or political activities
  • Programs and projects that limit participation for reasons of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, color, creed, etc.
  • Programs or projects benefitting a specific individual

Priority

Priority is given to efforts that demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Address significant and emergent needs within our community as referenced in the Community Health Needs Assessment.
  • Improve the health and wellness of the individuals and communities we serve.
  • Enable long-term community capacity building and sustainability.
  • Demonstrate partnership building and collaboration.

Application Process

Please submit your request using the digital application platform. If any required documents or attachments are missing, your application will not be considered.

Required documents:

  • Annual Report
  • The most current form 990
  • List of key staff members and current Board of Directors
  • Lists of programs and/or fundraisers for the current year
  • Sponsorship/Donation request packet

We will contact you within two weeks to acknowledge receiving your request. A Community Affairs team member will be assigned to your request and may contact you with specific questions or to request additional information.

We may also ask for you to visit our Community Affairs team to present and discuss your request. Final decision and notification will be made according to the timeline outlined below.

Late submissions will not be accepted.

Timeline for Application Review

Lee Health welcomes funding requests at any time. Funding decisions are made quarterly and according to the following timeline:

Cycle Submit Request Decision By1 Outcome Status Report Due2
I October 1 December 31 September 30
II January 1 March 31 December 31
III April 1 June 30 March 31
IV July 1 September 30 June 30

1. Funds are disbursed within 60 days of receipt of invoice
2. Funding request in following years will not be considered until a final project completion report is submitted and accepted on all previously funded initiatives. Please note Outcome Status Report is due within the following year.

Request for Lee Health Support

All requests for support must be submitted at least 90 days before the event. Funding decisions are made quarterly. The following information is required for consideration.

Contact CommunityAffairs@LeeHealth.org if you have questions or need assistance.

Are you an United Way Agency
Please check all that apply to your request Financial Contribution - request for sponsorships or donations for events/programsIn-Kind Contribution - request for services, donation (food, supplies), health fairs, career fairsAdvertising Request - request for ads in print, digital or video for visibility opportunities
Have you received support from Lee Health in the past?*