Advancing Wellness: Healthy and Safe Neighborhoods

California Wellness Foundation

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Grant amount: US $30,000 - US $500,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Research, Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: California

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

Wellness is promoted when neighborhoods are economically and environmentally vital, socially connected, civically engaged and safe. The program areas in this portfolio address fostering healthy environments and violence prevention.

Fostering Healthy Environments

A healthy neighborhood includes clean air, safe drinking water, access to healthy food, and parks and other spaces for community gatherings and recreation. But people in underserved communities often live, work and play in unhealthy environments and have little say in local planning and other decision-making processes. We seek to ensure that community residents are engaged in civic life so that effective systems, infrastructures and resources are in place in low-income communities to address long-standing inequities in the distribution of resources and assets.

What We Fund

Each application for funding must fit under one or more of these strategies. Please review the target populations and grant examples listed here to see if your work is aligned with our current priorities: 

  • Community organizing, civic engagement and public policy advocacy to promote environmental justice in underserved communities.
  • Efforts to increase access to healthy food in underserved communities by:
    • Encouraging corner stores in underserved communities to sell fresh, healthy food. 
    • Helping to establish new sources of healthy food such as grocery stores, farmers markets, urban farms and community gardens.
  • Promoting comprehensive nutrition and healthy cooking education for adults. 
  • Improving social connectedness through creating new or improved parks and recreational space in underserved communities. Must also include community engagement and public policy efforts that address inequities in park access.  
  • Supporting healthy land use planning policies to make progress on the issues of environmental justice, healthy food access, and equitable park access. 

Target Populations

  • All projects we fund must support low-income communities, urban and/or rural.

Promoting Violence Prevention

The evidence is consistent and compelling. Underserved communities bear a disproportionate share of the public health burden of violence in California. These communities are grappling with poverty, incarceration and re-entry, limited educational opportunities, and easy access to guns. Cal Wellness’ goal is to build resilience in diverse communities across the state so that all Californians have the opportunity to live in safe and healthy neighborhoods.

What We Fund

Each application for funding must fit under one or more of these strategies. Please review the target populations and grant examples listed here to see if your work is aligned with our current priorities. 

  • Efforts to strengthen and expand research and data collection, civic engagement, community organizing and communications. activities to reduce gun violence and increase understanding of it as a preventable public health issue. 
  • Efforts to sustain and strengthen the capacity of gang prevention and intervention programs.
  • Efforts that aim to disrupt cycles of arrest, promote alternatives to incarceration, and support safe communities (including, but not limited to, efforts focused on young women and girls).
  • Efforts that support organizational capacity to directly engage in policy and budget advocacy locally and statewide, and efforts promoting the removal of barriers to reintegration for the formerly and/or incarcerated.
  • Innovative efforts that use clinical and non-clinical approaches to support the healing and well-being of individuals most impacted by trauma and community violence. 

Target Populations

All projects we fund must support one or more of the following populations:  

  • Boys and men of color.
  • Women and girls of color. 
  • Formerly and currently incarcerated youth and adults. 
  • Formerly gang-involved youth and adults. 
  • Low income and underserved communities. 
  • Youth and adults ages 10-24.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Your organization must be a nonprofit public agency, religious organization or tribal government.
  • You must have Section 501(c)(3) status and be classified as a public charity.
  • Your organization can’t discriminate by race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation or national origin.
  • Your application is not for an annual fund drive, building campaign, major equipment or biomedical research.
  • Your proposal would benefit those living in California.

Ineligibility:

  • Cal Wellness does not provide international funding or fund organizations located outside the United States.
  • Fostering Healthy Environments
    • We fund very specific projects and activities. We do not fund: 
      • Organizations providing physical activity or recreational activities for adults or youth (such as a YMCA). 
      • Food banks that are seeking funding to support food distribution activities. 
      • Programs providing meals for seniors or persons with chronic or debilitating diseases. 
      • Nutrition, healthy-eating and active-living education programs for children. 
      • Obesity and diabetes prevention education. 
      • Asthma prevention and education programs. 
      • Organizations working to build or advocate for more affordable housing, or to improve the quality of substandard housing. 
      • Organizations working on transportation issues (transit justice, bicycling and pedestrian issues, etc.). 
      • Stand-alone conferences and individual research projects that are not linked to ongoing strategy support.
      • Individual degrees and fellowships.
  • Promoting Violence Prevention
    • We fund very specific projects and activities. We do not fund: 
      • Domestic Violence programs.
      • Child abuse prevention.
      • Sex trafficking prevention.
      • Programs that focus solely on mentoring without a clear explanation of how it promotes violence prevention.
      • Standalone conferences.
      • Individual research projects that are not linked to ongoing strategy support.
      • Individual degrees and fellowships.