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Grants to California Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible Locations to Provide Essential Health Services for Local Residents

Caring Community Grants


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Sequoia Healthcare District (SHD)
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Geographic Focus
USA: California: The SHD service area, which includes most of central and southern San Mateo County

Important Dates
LOI Date: 02/10/23
Deadline: 04/07/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to California nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible locations to provide essential community health services to residents. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to applying. Priorities for funding include preventative health and safety, healthy and active living, and access to treatment services, including treatment for mental illness and substance abuse. Funds can only be used for services that directly impact the health of people who reside in the SHD service area, which includes most of central and southern San Mateo County.

Funding priorities are based on current and projected community health needs and variable funding resources. The Community Grants priority funding areas have been identified as:

  • Active and Healthy Living
  • Preventive Health and Safety Services
  • Access to Treatment (e.g., mental health, substance use)


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Any 501c3 nonprofit organization or government agency that serves District residents may apply. Funds can only be used for services that directly impact the health of people who reside in our service area. Organizations/programs that serve both SHD residents and non-district residents will be awarded funding based on the percentage of SHD residents to be served by the program.

Additional Geographic Information:

Group 1 zip codes: 100% of the residents of those zip codes live in District boundaries.
Group 1 zip codes include:
- 94028 (Portola Valley)
- 94062 (Woodside)
- 94027 (Atherton)
- 94070 (San Carlos)
- 94061, 94063, 94065 (RWC/Redwood Shores)
- 94002 (Belmont)

Group 2 zip codes
Some of the residents of these zip codes live in Sequoia Healthcare District and some do not.
Group 2 zip codes include:
- 94025 (Menlo Park)
- 94404 (Foster City)
- 94403 (San Mateo)
- 94019 (Half Moon Bay)

The District will not provide a grant for the following: capital equipment, building or construction, vehicles, program services that take place in a school setting, nursing education, primary medical or dental services in a community clinic setting, or health insurance coverage, as many of these supports are funded through other District initiatives. The District also will not fund any program that discriminates against any resident due to race, religion, age, gender, sexual preference or any other similar status.

Pre-Application Information
- Letter of Intent Due: Friday, February 10th by 5pm
- Full Application Due: Friday, April 7th by 5pm
- May 2023: The Grants Review Committee will meet to discuss full applications in mid-May.
- June 2023: Board to vote on grants recommendations at the June Board Meeting.

The grants committee will make a decision in late April or early May to determine funding recommendations and you will receive notification at that time. The recommendation will either be for full funding, partial funding or no funding. The recommendation goes to the District Board for final approval which is expected to occur at the June Board meeting, which you may attend. Regular Board meetings are open to the public.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
An organization can apply for up to three grants and may be funded for as many as two grants. Each application must be for a separate program with a maximum of $200,000 per grant. Please also note that we will not provide more than $400,000 to any one organization per year through the grants program.

Term of Contract
In 2022, the Board approved the transition from 1-year Caring Community grants to 2-year grants over the next 2 years. The Caring Community grants are now split into two 2-year cohorts: Returning grantees which fall under the categories of ATOD, Clinical, and Behavioral Services are slated in the 2022-24 grant cycle, while grantees which fall under the categories of Food/Nutrition, Health: Youth and Adults, and Health: Seniors are slated in the 2023-25 grant cycle. New grantees are eligible for a 1-year grant.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Sequoia Healthcare District
525 Veterans Blvd.
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 421-2155

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