Foundation / Corporation
06/29/18 5:00 PM PST Receipt
Grants ranging from $10,000 to $35,000 to Santa Cruz County, California nonprofit organizations and government agencies to enhance health and wellness for vulnerable populations. Priority areas include mental health and wellness, access to healthcare and coverage, healthy eating and acting living, and community and family safety.
For over 70 years, Kaiser Permanente's social mission has been the foundation of its community service programs. As a values-driven, not-for-profit integrated health care organization, Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to improving the health of its members and the communities it serves. Through partnerships with community organizations and government entities, Kaiser Permanente strives to benefit the community by addressing issues and concerns that affect overall community health. These partnerships are built upon the sharing of knowledge and resources between Kaiser Permanente and health-related community service organizations. Kaiser Permanente brings a variety of resources to these partnerships: cash grants to support community activities, volunteers, and in-kind donations.
Applicants will be asked to submit proposals that address at least one of Kaiser Permanente’s four priority needs topics: Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL), Mental Health and Wellness, Community and Family Safety, and/or Access to Care and Coverage. Each of these is described in more detail below.
The four priorities are aligned with several ongoing local and regional efforts and draw on multiple data sources. In addition to regional Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) conducted in adjacent Kaiser Permanente communities in Northern California, local data sources and initiatives include (but are not limited to) the following:
-The Santa Cruz County Community Health Assessment (CHA) conducted in 2016 by the Public Health Institute as part of the Health Services Agency’s public health accreditation process;
-Goal areas identified for the County’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP);
-2016 Community Assessment Project (CAP) survey findings; and
-The joint County and City of Santa Cruz Collective of Results and Evidence-Based (CORE) Investments process, which itself reflects collective impact goals from nine strategic plans for addressing the needs of Santa Cruz County’s most vulnerable residents.
Priorities, Strategies, and Outcomes:
Proposed projects must address one of Kaiser Permanente’s four priority needs – Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL), Mental Health and Wellness, Community and Family Safety, and /or Access to Care and Coverage. For each of these, Kaiser Permanente has identified overall goals, strategies to help reach these goals, and outcomes that would indicate progress in implementing the strategies and reaching the goals. Please consider the information below as a menu from which applicants may choose their projects and approaches.
Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL):
Eating better and moving more are key to reducing the impact of chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Incorporating healthy eating and active living into daily life also can help close racial, ethnic, and income disparities in the prevalence and severity of diseases like diabetes. In Santa Cruz County and other Kaiser Permanente communities, grants are used to invest in efforts to improve healthy eating and increase physical activity among residents, especially those living in low-income, under-resourced communities.
The table below explains how Kaiser Permanente’s healthy eating and active living goals are connected to specific strategies and outcomes
-Improve healthy eating among residents in low-income, under-resourced communities.
-Increase access to healthy, affordable foods, including fresh produce, and decrease access to unhealthy food
-Increase access to federal food programs.
-Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables
-Increased enrollment in federal food programs.
-Increase physical activity among residents in low-income, under-resourced communities.
-Increase access to physical activity opportunities in the community.
-Increase access to physical activity in schools.
-Increased walking and biking to school and work
-Increased physical activity
Mental Health and Wellness:
Emotional health is a core component of overall health and wellbeing. Kaiser Permanente’s investments in this area emphasize increasing access to high‐quality behavioral health care services, particularly expanding prevention services, decreasing stigma, and expanding a behavioral health workforce that reflects the diversity of the population.
-Expand prevention and support services for mild to moderate behavioral health conditions
-Provide screening and identification related to behavioral health needs among low-income, vulnerable and uninsured populations and connect them with the appropriate services or support
-Support opportunities to prevent and reduce the misuse of drugs and alcohol
-Increased screening and referrals for behavioral health needs
-Increased participation in drug and alcohol prevention programs
-Decrease stigma associated with seeking behavioral health services among vulnerable and diverse populations
-Support opportunities to reduce stigma through education and outreach in school, community, and workforce settings
-Increase in help-seeking behavior for accessing behavioral health care
Health Care Workforce:
-Develop a diverse, well-trained behavioral health care workforce that provides culturally sensitive behavioral health care
-Increase access to training and education for diverse populations currently under-represented in the behavioral health care workforce
-Increase in the number of culturally and linguistically competent and skilled behavioral health care providers
Community and Family Safety:
Safe environments, free from the risk of violence, are another important determinant of health and wellbeing both physical and emotional. Kaiser Permanente’s investments in community and family safety include attention to public spaces and public safety resources, prevention and early intervention strategies, support for families to enhance protective factors, and care and services that respond to trauma and violence appropriately once they have occurred.
-Improve safety in communities with high rates of violence
-Increase the availability of safe parks and public spaces
-Support programs that promote non-violent solutions and alternatives to punitive responses.
-Increased use of parks and public spaces
-Increased community perception of safety
-Improved capacity of systems or organizations to implement non-violent solutions to conflict and alternatives to punitive responses.
-Intervene earlier and more effectively for children, youth, and families exposed to violence
-Increase the availability of education, job training, and enrichment programs for youth
-Support early intervention programs that reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors.
-Increased enrollment and completion of education and job training programs for youth
-Increased participation in prevention programs and support services for those at risk of family violence
Access to Care and Coverage:
Health insurance coverage and access to care make it possible for people to avail themselves of the preventive and acute care that keeps them healthy or addresses health problems promptly and effectively. However, access to care and coverage is complicated by many factors. Despite expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), coverage is still not universal, and even those who have health insurance face a variety of barriers to accessing the care they need. Beyond medical care, social services support health in a variety of ways, including connecting people to public benefits for which they are eligible but not enrolled.
Kaiser Permanente’s investments in this area emphasize increasing access to comprehensive health care services for low‐income and vulnerable populations, improving the capacity of health care systems to provide quality health care services, and increasing access to benefits and social services that support health, especially for low‐income and vulnerable populations.
-Increase access to comprehensive health care and social services for low-income and vulnerable populations
-Support outreach, enrollment, retention and appropriate utilization of health care coverage programs
-Provide support to increase enrollment in public benefit programs (including federal food programs) among vulnerable and low-income populations
-Increase in the number of low-income patients who receive health care services/ coverage
-Increase in the number of low-income patients who enroll in public benefit programs
Health Care Workforce:
-Develop a diverse, well-trained health care workforce that provides culturally sensitive health care
-Increase access to training and education for diverse populations currently under-represented in the health care workforce
-Increase in the number of people from under-represented groups enrolling in health care education and job training programs
Selection Process and Criteria:
Completed requests will be reviewed and rated according to the following criteria. The funding request should:
-Support at least one of the identified priority needs (HEAL, mental health and wellness, family and community safety, access to care and coverage);
-Support the applicant organization’s vision and mission;
-Demonstrate a proven track record of success within the priority need area;
-Emphasize collaboration with other stakeholders who are aiming for system-wide impacts;
-Target a need within an underserved population;
-Show how services and activities will be tracked and measured;
-Offer a clear, detailed work plan with process and impact objectives;
-Indicate the evidence base for the strategy chosen;
-Present a reasonable budget that reflects actual direct costs of providing the service, showing both total costs and the portion for which Kaiser Permanente funding is requested.
GrantWatch ID#: 182932
Kaiser Permanente community grants typically range between $10,000 and $35,000.
-501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organizations
-509(a) government agencies or public agencies
-Programs or system/environmental changes must address at least one of four priority areas (HEAL, mental/behavioral health, family and community safety, access to care and coverage)
-Funds must be used to serve vulnerable populations
Kaiser Permanente does not provide general operating support, nor does it fund any of the following organizations or activities:
-Partisan political activities
-Fraternal, athletic, international, or social organizations
-Endowments and memorials
-Grants or scholarships to individuals
-Organizations that do not comply with Kaiser Permanente’s anti‐discriminatory policy
The 2018 grants application process is currently open. The application and all required attachments must be received by Friday, June 29, 2018, 5:00 PM PST. Grant award decisions will be announced on Monday, August 13, 2018.
Recorded WebEx Presentation - Grant Application Guidelines:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For More Information, Contact:
South Bay Hub Community Benefit Manager
Santa Clara, San Jose, Redwood City, and Santa Cruz County
South Bay Hub Contributions Operations Specialist
USA: California: Santa Cruz County