Foundation / Corporation
Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust
Grants ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 to California nonprofits and school based health programs for programs that improve the health of residents of Pajaro Valley. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Programs may align with one of the following areas of focus: health professions, oral health, diabetes and contributing risk factors, and access to care.
Through its grantmaking, the Health Trust remains committed to supporting initiatives that aim to achieve health equity; that is, those that prioritize services for populations that experience poorer health outcomes or disproportionately greater obstacles to accessing health care and/or the resources or opportunities to live a healthy life. Priority populations include Farmworkers and their Families; Low-Income, Underserved, and Undocumented Individuals; Children & Youth (Ages 0-21), especially those facing obstacles to healthcare or well-being; and other sub-populations that have demonstrably poorer health care access or health outcomes.
Geographic eligibility includes the zip codes of 95076, 95019 and 95004, i.e., the communities of Watsonville, Pajaro, Freedom, and Aromas.
The Health Trust awards grants to organizations whose efforts support its mission and whose applications are focused on goals within one or more of the four program areas. Applicants must identify a single program area and specific goal(s) for their request. The following section includes information about each program area and the Health Trust’s specific goals under each area.
1. Health Professions
The goal is to invest in pipeline programs that encourage individuals to choose the health professions as a career/professional path and programs that support students already enrolled in education in the health professions. Under this program area, initiatives that aim to:
- Increase the size of the culturally competent workforce in the Pajaro Valley, including efforts to infuse Community Health Workers into the local healthcare delivery system. Previously funded programs include healthcare-focused educational programming and experiential learning embedded in secondary education.
2. Oral Health
The goal is to improve the oral health of Pajaro Valley residents by expanding access to dental services and oral health education. Under this program area, programs aim to:
- Increase the number of Pajaro Valley children and adolescents who receive preventative dental care. Previously funded programs include those that train medical clinic staff to apply fluoride varnish during well-baby visits.
- Increase the number of Pajaro Valley residents with access to comprehensive dental care and decrease the prevalence of untreated dental decay among residents of the Pajaro Valley. Previously funded programs include those that provide dental treatment for un- and underinsured individuals.
3. Diabetes and Contributing Risk Factors
The goal is to minimize the factors that contribute to diabetes, including obesity, poor nutrition, and lack of physical activity. Under this program area, programs aim to:
- Decrease the prevalence of childhood and adult overweight and obesity in the Pajaro Valley and increase the percentage of Pajaro Valley children and adults that eat five or more fruits or vegetables a day. Previously funded programs include those that connect people to nutritious food, nutrition education, and opportunities to learn how to properly nourish their bodies to foster wellness.
- Increase the percentage of Pajaro Valley children and adults that meet recommended physical activity guidelines as outlined by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Previously funded programs include those that foster safe and joyful recreational opportunities for children, youth, adults, and families.
- Improve the environment in which people live, learn, work and play in ways that make the healthy choice (e.g., access to produce and nutrient-dense foods, safe and accessible opportunities to be physically active) the easy choice. Previously funded programs include after-school programs that incorporate healthy snacks and
nutrition and fitness education alongside other enrichment programming.
- Decrease the percentage of Pajaro Valley adults who have diabetes. Previously funded programs include those that use social support and regular peer education to share diabetes prevention strategies.
4. Access to Care
The goal is to improve the health of Pajaro Valley residents by expanding access to physical and mental health services. Under this program area, programs aim to:
- Increase the number of Pajaro Valley residents with health insurance and a primary care provider (medical home). Previously funded programs include outreach to enroll local residents in insurance programs and assistance to ensure their connection to an accessible (geographically and linguistically) primary care physician.
- Decrease inappropriate use of the emergency room. Previously funded programs include those that connect individuals with mental health disorders and substance abuse issues to community-based support and treatment.
- Increase the number of Pajaro Valley residents with access to health care, including mental health services. Previously funded programs include those that provide free and low-cost counseling services for individuals with acute or chronic mental health concerns.
GrantWatch ID#: 177212
Approximately 10-15 grants awards will be awarded during this funding cycle.
Individual applicants are considered for grants ranging from $2,500- $15,000 (average = $11,000).
The grant term will be one year (7/1/19-6/30/20); one-time and short-term initiatives will be considered.
Organizations that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:
- Applicant must be a nonprofit, 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt organization; a school-based health program; or have a 501 (c) 3, tax-exempt organization as a fiscal sponsor.
- Have an informed understanding of the realities, needs, and assets of the Pajaro Valley community and provide or plan to provide programs/services benefiting residents in these zip codes: 95076, 95019 and 95004, i.e., the communities of Watsonville, Pajaro, Freedom, and Aromas. While the applicant organization’s home office need not be located in the Pajaro Valley, the organization must demonstrate efficacy providing services that directly benefit its residents.
In general, the Health Trust does not give grants to:
- Projects that do not substantially benefit residents of the Pajaro Valley.
- Projects and proposals unrelated to the Health Trust’s mission, eligibility requirements, and current funding priorities.
- Individuals (NOTE: The Health Trust’s scholarship programs are administered through schools & organizations).
- Religious organizations, for the purposes of evangelizing or recruiting congregants.
- Endowments, building campaigns, annual fund appeals, fundraising events or celebrations.
- Commercial ventures.
- Programs or projects administered by a city, county, state or federal government, with the exception of school-based health programs. Other exceptions will be considered on a limited basis when the Board of Directors believes that a proposed project involving a government agency will best serve the Health Trust’s mission and goals.
- Previously completed activities.
- Debt reduction.
The Health Trust’s Program Team will hold information sessions (with bilingual capability) on October 12, 2018, 2:00 to 3:00 pm and October 15, 2018, from 9:00 to 10:00 am. Program staff welcome questions about the application process and are available to discuss project ideas.
All organizations must submit a LOI before submitting a formal grant proposal. LOIs must be submitted by November 13, 2018 (midnight).
Full proposals will be requested from applicants whose funding requests best address the Health Trust’s program guidelines and priorities.
- Request for Letters of Intent (LOI) Released: October 9, 2018
- Letters of Intent Due: November 13, 2018 (midnight)
- Applicants Invited to Submit Full Proposal: December 4, 2018
- Full Proposals Due: January 15, 2019 (midnight)
- Awards Announced: April 18, 2019
Typically organizations are requested to take a year off from funding every three to four years.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=pajaro
Contact the grantmaking team at (831) 763-6456 or by email at email@example.com.
Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust
85 Nielson Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
USA: California: Communities of Watsonville, Pajaro, Freedom, and Aromas