Global Partners Grants facilitate Gundersen Health System employee participation in Global Partners trips to Nicaragua, South Dakota or Ethiopia. Grants for volunteers will be awarded in exchange for completing a service plan to promote global health awareness and/or the Global Partners program. The goal is to provide financial assistance to employees who would like to volunteer but for whom the cost of the trip is a barrier.
Gundersen employees may apply for funds up to $500 (maximum $250 for South Dakota trips). Any request exceeding $500 would only be granted under special consideration. NOTE: Due to limited funds available, the full amount requested may not be granted.
Use of Grant
The Global Partners Grant is intended to be used to help defray overall costs to the volunteer. Upon completion of the volunteer trip, the recipient is to provide verification of how the scholarship funds were used (including receipts) to the Global Partners Grants Review Committee.
Service Plan Options
Grant recipients are to complete one option as part of their service plan upon return from their volunteer experience. The service plan is intended to promote global health awareness as well as awareness about the Global Partners program. Options include, but are not limited to:
Selection and Awarding of Grants
- Developing a presentation for your department or local organization (church, Rotary, your child’s school, etc.) about opportunities within Global Partners, as well as your personal experience
- Volunteering to help with a future Global Partners event (i.e. fundraiser, donation drive, info booth at a fair, etc.) or help sort/organize donated supplies (medical, school, clothing, etc.)
- Writing up your experiences or being interviewed for a Bridges article or a Global Partners video
- Providing office assistance to team leader for the next trip to that site or helping with orientation for next team
Submission of an application does not guarantee funding. The Global Partners Grants Review Committee will select recipients based upon existing funds available, individual financial need and alignment of the proposal with the Global Partners program mission.
Applications are reviewed four (4) times each year, and must be submitted at least two (2) months prior to the trip date. For Global Partners international trips, it is highly recommended that applications be submitted at least three (3) months prior to departure. Deadlines for Global Partners Grant applications are Feb. 1, May 1, Aug. 1 and Nov. 1 each year.
Click here to download a copy of the Global Partners Grant application
Make a Gift to Global Partners Grants
Global Partners Grants enable employees with financial limitations to more easily participate in the program, using their talents and time to serve under-resourced communities around the globe. If you are interested in donating, please make a gift to the Gundersen Medical Foundation and indicate that the donation is intended for "Global Partners Grants."