CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier CMNH Grants

CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System is fortunate to serve as our area’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (CMNH). Not only do we provide excellent programs to local kids, we get unrivalled support from key partners to bring departments like yours equipment, training, and services to enhance your hard work and our patients’ experiences and outcomes. These partners and efforts include:

  • Local & national partners such as Walmart, Panda Express, RE/MAX, and Barksdale Federal Credit Union, to name a few;
  • Sponsors of & riders who register for Miracle Tour; and
  • Associates who give to CMNH through our annual Associate Giving Campaign!

We are proud to be able to help you serve our patients with the best equipment and services possible.   

Your Grant Contact:

Margo Clendenin, CMNH Program Director, will be your contact throughout this process. Please contact Margo with any questions:

  • Email: margo.clendenin@christushealth.org
  • Cell: 318.588.0781

CMNH Grant Cycle:

We have established TWO application periods for CMNH funds annually:

  • Winter – due FEBRUARY 15, 2021 (now open)
  • Summer – due JULY 14, 2021
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CMNH Grant Guidelines

Please note: we are moving to an online ONLY grant application system. Please use the form at the bottom of this page to complete and submit your application electronically.

Request for funds from CMNH under the Funds Request Application must follow these general guidelines. Guidelines are general and may not pertain to all departments; each request will be considered individually. Administration will make the final decisions on requests greater than $2,500.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE:

There are a few key changes to the 2021 CMNH grant cycle!

  • ONLINE ONLY – The grant application will now be completely online. You will fill out the application below and upload any supporting documentation in the appropriate section of the application below. 
  • USE IT OR LOSE IT – In order to make sure funds are being utilized and available to those who need them, the Foundation has adopted a “Use It or Lose It” policy. Grant funds not used within 6 months of their award will go back to the Foundation, and the requestor may reapply for them in the next grant cycle.
  • ONGOING COSTS – Please be sure to plan your budgets to accommodate ongoing costs related to your grant requests. Ongoing costs could include service contracts, the cost of supplies, and subscription costs. The Foundation may pay for the first year service contract for a new piece of equipment, but departments will be responsible for those ongoing costs beginning in year two.  

1a. NON-CAPITAL REQUESTS (requests less than $2,500)

If the individual items in your application are less than $2,500, you will follow the guidelines for a non-capital request. 
  • Submit electronic Foundation funding form (below) to include upload of merchandise description, quote or invoice from vendor with all applicable taxes and shipping charges. If you are unsure on taxes, know that Louisiana state and local taxes equal 9.7%.
  • Foundation will review and return with any questions or approval. If approved, Foundation will award a specific dollar amount for department’s request.
  • Upon approval of any non-capital fund request, department will coordinate with Margo at Foundation to purchase items. Items may be purchased directly by department for reimbursement upon presentation of valid receipt OR items may be purchased by Foundation representative if requestor provides valid quote.
  • Department will be responsible for any charges over and above the approved amount. 

1b. CAPITAL REQUESTS (requests $2,500 or more)

If any individual item in your application is MORE THAN $2,500, you will follow the guidelines for a capital request for that item. 

  • Submit Foundation funding form, merchandise description, Capital Request Check-Off Template, and quote or invoice from vendor to include all applicable taxes and shipping charges. If you are unsure on taxes, know that Louisiana state and local taxes equal 9.7%.
  • Foundation will review and return with any questions or approval. If approved, Foundation will award a specific dollar amount for department’s request.
  • Upon approval of any capital purchase, Administration Contract Specialist will coordinate all Strata and related processes to obtain capital items.
  • Department will be responsible for any charges over and above the approved amount.

2. PATIENT STORY SUBMISSION

If CMNH funds are awarded, requestor will submit story idea within six months of merchandise being in active use (to allow for installation and training to occur as needed) to show how CMNH funds have benefited patient(s) and department. Valid story submissions must:

  • Be submitted via email to margo.clendenin@christushealth.org;
  • Provide contact information for the patient who has benefitted and/or their guardian; and,
  • Include a picture of the equipment or service. Clinicians may appear in the photo; please include a signed photo consent form.

3. PROJECT FUNDING ELIGIBILITY

Projects may or may not be approved for consideration as determined by CMNH funding policies. You will find a list of eligible and ineligible project categories below. 

  • The following areas are ELIGIBLE for funding consideration:
    • Patient service programs and equipment;
    • Advocacy and health education programs;
    • Specialized training and professional development.
  • The following areas are INELIGIBLE for funding consideration:
    • Annual or day-to-day operating expenses;
    • Memberships or subscriptions;
    • Salaries. 

Please contact Margo with any questions on these categories.

4. DEPARTMENTAL PARTICIPATION IN CMNH ACTIVITIES

In the online application, you will be asked to describe your department’s participation in volunteer and storytelling activities in the prior year. While not a requirement, it is strongly encouraged and greatly appreciated for associates to participate in CMNH volunteer and storytelling events during the year.

5. ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE

You will be required to sign your online application using either a mouse for desktop computers, or your finger or a stylus for tables and smartphones. Your signature indicates you understand and agree to abide by these guidelines.

6. FUNDING DECISIONS AND TIMING 

All applications will be reviewed and your department notified of approvals or other decisions based on CMNH spending policies within two weeks of the application deadline closing. 

FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THESE GUIDELINES MAY ELIMINATE FURTHER FUNDING TO DEPARTMENT.

CMNH Funds Online Application

CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS (CMNH) FUNDS APPLICATION AND GUIDELINES

  • CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS (CMNH) FUNDS APPLICATION

    Request for funds from CMNH under the electronic Funds Request Application must follow the guidelines listed above. Guidelines may not pertain to all departments; each request will be considered individually. Adminstration will make the final decision on requests greater than $2,500. Please reach out to Margo Clendenin with any questions (see contact information above).
  • REQUESTOR'S INFORMATION

    Please enter the following information to begin your electronic application.
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • HELPFUL REMINDERS

    Please scroll up to review application guidelines. Also note the following reminders:
  • Reminder: Non-Capital vs. Capital Request

    Non-capital requests are for individual items LESS THAN $2,500; capital requests are for individual items $2,500 OR MORE.
  • Reminder: APPROVED Funding Categories

    Patient service programs and equipment; advocacy and health education programs; specialized training and professional development.
  • Reminder: EXCLUDED Funding Categories

    Annual or day-to-day operating expenses; memberships or subscriptions; salaries.
  • FUNDS REQUEST DETAILS

    Please complete the following with as much detail and supporting documentation as you can provide to support your request for CMNH funds.
  • Please tell us why you are applying for CMNH grant funds, what the funds would pay for, why the item(s) is/are needed, and how you expect them to help children served by our hospital.
  • Please upload a description of your project, along with any quotes from vendors or other items you feel would be beneficial to your grant application. For capital requests, please upload the Capital Request Check-Off Template (file download available in section 1b).
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  • Please tell us about your department’s participation in volunteer efforts to support CMNH programs and activities in the last year. Feel free to list activities and include approximate number of volunteers and hours served. If your department did not participate, please explain.
  • Please tell us about your department’s participation in storytelling opportunities to support CMNH programs and activities in the last year. Feel free to list activities (i.e. Miracle Monday interview, Voice of the Patient, Live Well interview, etc.).
  • SIGNATURES & SUBMISSION

    PLEASE NOTE: by signing below, you agree to abide by the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) Funds guidelines as issued by CHRISTUS Foundation Shreveport-Bossier. FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THESE GUIDELINES MAY ELIMINATE FURTHER FUNDING TO DEPARTMENT.
  • From a desktop computer, please use your mouse to sign in the box above. From a tablet or smartphone, you may use your finger or a stylus to sign in the box above.
CHRISTUS Foundation — Shreveport-Bossier

7591 Fern Avenue, Suite 1903 • Shreveport, LA 71105

(318) 681-6781 • fax (318) 798-8317