North Shore Health Care Foundation
The NSHCF proactively identifies opportunities to expand equitable health care and healthy living in Cook County and champions solutions through funding, education, and advocacy.
NOTE FOR 2019 :  New flexible grant dates are in the works. Email to if you are condsidering sending an application.

Grants are awarded semi-annually to qualified health care providers for  medical equipment, education and training.  The June BBQ at Gunflint Lodge supports the endowment fund which is managed by the Minnesota Community Foundation.  We also provide Health Care Directive forms (Honoring Choices), and a newsletter, "The North Shore Health Care News." Since 2007 an active program to develop enhanced end of life care has been a focus of the foundation, which resulted in the creation of Care Partners of Cook County. The Oral Health Task Force was created to provide dental care to children of Cook County and the Grand Portage Reservation. Local donors have provided funds for cancer patients to receive stipends for travel expenses. By becoming a member or making a gift or a bequest, you can help all of this work continue.
Please consider making a Health Care Directive!  

You will find applications for grants and event registration forms on the page that relates to them. Grant applications are due:


Grants awarded

NSHCF Grants awarded –

From 1995-2018 the North Shore Health Care Foundation has awarded $1,000,000 in grants. 

1st Quarter 2018

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic-  $5,752 for EMDR Training

Cook County Extension Service-  $2,000 for Snacks and Packs

Cook County Emergency Services-  $4,000 for Support for Emergency Management Conference

Choices and Voices-  $1,000 for Social Justice Program

4th Quarter 2017

Care Partners  -  $4,000 for Dementia Care Training

Sawtooth Elementary-  $500 for swivel chairs with hoods

3rd Quarter 2017

Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Dept  -  $1,000 for an IV traing arm

Human Development Center -  $1,500 for support of its partnership with the Senior Center offering a  Healthy Living Support Group for at risk adults

2nd Quarter 2017

Grand Marais Fire Dept.  $300.00 for fire safety education in GM schools.

Kids Plus/Community Connect.  $1762.00  for support of its annual Health and Service Fair (Community Connect Initiative)  September 25,  2017.

Care Partners   $10,000.00 for operating support.

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic   $4400.00 for the development of 4 training videos.

1st Quarter 2017

North Shore Health (Hospital) received a grant for $1,190 for a Visual Acuity System. This is the projector eye chart that will go into the new room in the remodeled hospital for the use of the eye doctor who comes to see patients in Cook County.

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic was awarded $1,000
to help with the cost of sending Kristin DeArruda-Wharton to present at the National Rural Health Association Conference in San Diego. She will be on a panel considering Obstetric Clinic and Hospital Closures in Rural Areas.

Cook County Emergency Services got $3,000 to support the annual training conference.


4th Quarter Grant Awarded 2016 

Cook County Public Health and Human Services got $12,000 for four different staff trainings to support front line staff. County staff that work with the most at-risk members of our community need support and training. This grant will enhance the quality of services by providing the following staff training opportunities: ‘Signs of Safety’, Forensic Interview Training and Person-Centered Training, as well as a facilitated peer support group..

2nd and 3rd Quarters Grants Awarded 2016 

$2,295  North Shore Health (Cook County Hospital) Physical Therapy Dept for a Graston Technique 6 piece instrument set

$925 to Oshki Ogimaag Charter school for ½ of the cost for specialized training for Social Emotional Staff in “Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy” (EMDR) YMCA

$2,301 for wall mounted, adult sized, special needs changing station for adaptive locker room. Grand Marais Fire Dept .

$300 for Fire safety educational program Cook County Search and Rescue,

$2,000 CC Sheriff for a portion of a new Command Post Trailer Care Partners of CC

 $1,000 ​Care Partners for Advance Care Planning Promotion

$5,000 Cook County Higher Ed for 6 to 8 Health and Mental Welfare Workshops

$100  Cook County Public Health and Human Servicesfor Adult Protection Training binders for law enforcement

Tofte EMS - $7,500 for part of a used Emergency Medical Service vehicle

1st  Quarter  2016 - $13,748

Cook County Emergency Management hosts an annual Emergency Services Conference for staff and volunteers of all county agencies. April 29-30, 2016 will be the 27th annual event and we granted $3,000 for this purpose. There will also be trainings offered on May 6-7 this year specifically for active shooter/ bomb blast and collapsed building response.
With Care Partners of Cook County becoming an independent organization, we have a memorandum of understanding in place that says that we will give grants to them for Core Mission Support. This quarter that amount is   $8,000.      
 Cook County Public Health and Human Services was awarded $2,200 for training for the ‘Multi-Disciplinary Team.’ This is a group of ten professionals from five different local agencies that deal with the investigation of physical and sexual abuse of children.
 Maple Hill Community Fire Dept. requested $548 for a Carbon Monoxide Meter to check CO levels in ambient air. As more living spaces are equipped with CO detectors, fire departments are getting more calls because an alarm has sounded. With this meter, the responders will be able to better advise people when it is safe to re-enter their rooms.
There was a note attached to this grant resolution saying that this equipment request is a departure from the criteria for our grants.


All Grants since 1995

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