The Philanthropy Institute created the Caregiver Catalyst Grants in late 2018 as a way to reward the innovation and initiative of Cleveland Clinic’s caregivers.

The Caregiver Catalyst Grants pool the generosity of thousands of Cleveland Clinic donors and direct their collective giving into a fund allocated to the ideas of caregivers. It is a distinct way for philanthropic gifts of every size to make an immediate impact, as winning ideas are asked to show an outcome within 12 months after the caregivers receive the grant.

Letters of intent are accepted twice each year. A caregiver review board, chaired by Chief of Staff Herb Wiedemann, MD, selects ideas for grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. While highly competitive, there are two award cycles each year to give caregivers more opportunity to succeed with their ideas.

“Innovation comes from within,” says Dr. Wiedemann. “Our caregivers have creative and bold ideas for effecting change, impacting our patients and transforming healthcare. We created this grant program to provide vital seed funding for their ideas.”

Questions about the Caregiver Catalyst Awards? Contact us by email at annualfund@ccf.org.



We will be accepting Letters of Intent for the Caregiver Catalyst Grants from August 1, 2019 to September 1, 2019.

Caregivers may submit a Letter of Intent at ccf.infoready4.com. Letters of Intent must be received by September 1, 2019 to be considered for this round of funding.

Funding Period: January 2020 - December 2020

  • LOI's Due: September 1, 2019
  • Finalists Notified: September 20, 2019
  • Applications Due: October 20, 2019
  • Grantees Notified: December 11, 2019
  • Funding Awarded: January 1, 2020
  • Funded projects are required to submit progress report at the 6-month and 12-month marks in the grant period.

Questions? Please contact the Caregiver Catalyst Grants team at annualfund@ccf.org.