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Grants to California Nonprofit CBOs to Benefit Communities Disproportionately Impacted by the COVID-19 Health Crisis


Geographic Focus

USA: California

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California Equitable Recovery Initiative (CERI)

The Center at Sierra Health Foundation and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) - Office of Health Equity (OHE)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #206278

Grant Description

Grants to California nonprofit community-based organizations to benefit communities throughout the state that have been disproportionately impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to support work addressing priority populations that are experiencing racial, ethnic, and other disparities related to COVID-19 and associated chronic conditions.

The Office of Health Equity within the California Department of Public Health and The Center are partnering in the California Equitable Recovery Initiative (CERI) to support community-based organizations across California that are led by and serve communities facing inequities in COVID-19 infection and impacts.

This RFA seeks to advance the State’s work to close racial, ethnic, and other disparities related to COVID-19 and to ensure an equitable recovery and resilience building These are funding guidelines that are intended to be broad-based to address equitable recovery and resilience building.

  1. Build a healthy and resilient future for priority communities
  2. Promote economic opportunity for priority communities
  3. Advance housing stability strategies for priority communities
  4. Address the educational gap in school age children that has resulted from the pandemic in priority communities

The funding opportunity is intended to benefit priority communities that have been impacted by COVID-19. For a list of priority populations, see

Example activities include, but are not limited to, the following: development and maintenance of strategic partnerships, development of recovery and resiliency community plans, community capacity building, community organizing, civic engagement, and (non-legislative) advocacy and policy change. For additional examples, see

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations must meet the following minimum requirements:
• Located in the state of California.
• Provide services in the state of California.
• Are a 501(c)(3) community-based organization. If a CBO is not a 501(c)(3), a fiscal sponsor who is a 501(c)(3) can be used who will submit the application. The fiscal sponsor will need to follow the same eligibility criteria.
• Applicant organizations and their partners must have evidence of inclusivity and shall not discriminate based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, tribal affiliation, or military status in any of its activities or operations.

The following entities are ineligible to apply for this funding source and are ineligible to serve as subcontractors:
• Local Health Jurisdictions (LHJs)
• Hospitals, Clinics, Healthcare Providers, and (Social) Health Maintenance Organizations
- Healthcare and other direct services are not an allowable activity
• Nursing Home Facilities (i.e., Long-term Care Institutions, Skilled Nursing Facilities)
• Academic Institutions
• Research Organizations
• Union Organizations

Downstream activities such as individual health education, case management, health care, and COVID-19 testing, vaccination, and therapeutics are not allowable.

For examples of unallowable activities, see

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Deadline: November 29, 2022 at 1 p.m. (Pacific Time)
- Review of Applications: End of November – End of December 2022
- Approximate Award Announcement: January 2023
- Approximate Date Grants Issued: February - April 2023 (depending on speed of document collection)

Organizations may only submit one application as either a lead or subcontracted organization.

Access the CERI Townhall recording:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards will be up to $300,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants will cover activities for the anticipated funding time period: early 2023 – May 31, 2024.

Contact Information:

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Email questions to

Sierra Health Foundation
1321 Garden Highway
Suite 210
Sacramento, California 95833
(916) 993-7701

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