Superior Health Foundation accepting grant applications for improving U.P. oral health

The Superior Health Foundation is now accepting grant applications for its full grant cycle, which begins in the Fall 2014.

SHF, a conversion foundation formed on Sept. 1, 2012 following the sale of Marquette General Foundation to for-profit health system Duke LifePoint, will be awarding health-centered grant funding this fall, with approximately two-thirds of that amount directed to improving oral health for children in the Upper Peninsula.

Eligibility information and application forms are available on the SHF’s website at and at its office located at 121 N. Front Street in Marquette. Applications will be accepted through July 1, 2014. The Superior Health Foundation’s Grants Committee will review the applications and will make its recommendations to the SHF Board of Directors at its September board meeting. Grant monies will be distributed in late October.

“The Superior Health Foundation team and board of directors are thrilled to be in position to provide invaluable health-centered funding to causes all across the Upper Peninsula,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “We value our role in the region and are excited about making positive contributions to the many needs that exist.”

SHF’s mission is to assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health. That mission may include supporting (a) the unmet healthcare needs of the indigent and uninsured; (b) healthcare education programs; (c) supporting programs and research which have the primary purpose of preventing and reducing illness and disease; and (d) other programs to promote the health, education and welfare of the community.

Following this first grant cycle, the SHF will award grant funding each year in the spring and fall. For more information, contact the SHF at 906-225-6914 or email