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Community Giving


Our COVID-19 Response to Our Nonprofit Partners

On March 18, 2020 the District Board of Directors voted to deploy up to $3 million dollars in grants to its current nonprofit Caring Community and Healthy Schools Initiative (HSI) partners that provide safety net services to our most vulnerable District residents. To date, we have already awarded over $1.24 million in three separate rounds of emergency grants distributed among 4o+ partners and $100,000 in emergency loans. Our intention is to deploy funds quickly and efficiently to enhance agency response efforts during this rapidly evolving situation and to assure alignment with what’s needed while remaining agile and adaptable.

Caring Community Grants

Each year, SHD provides grants through our competitive Caring Community Grants program, ranging from $10,000 to 150,000 to local non-profits that offer health services to District residents. On January 6, 2021, SHD Board approved of a recommendation to allocate $750,000 of Covid-19 emergency funds into the 2021-22 Caring Community grants, raising the total funds to $3.75 million in the 2021-22 grants cycle. 

SHD Board of Directors approves Priority Funding Areas based on current and projected community health needs and variable funding resources. A Grants Review Committee consisting of local leaders knowledgeable in areas of community health read all applications and make recommendations for funding. Grantees are required to make mid-year and end-of year reports detailing how they used funds to positively impact the health of District residents. 

Healthy Schools Initiative Grants

SHD provides one-year competitive grants to community-based organizations to support health programs in local school districts. Our Healthy Schools Initiative grants provides funding for programs that address a wide range of important health areas. These health areas include: social emotional support services, preventive education/health screening, physical education/activity, and nutrition education.

School-based Grants

SHD currently funds community agencies to work in approximately 50 schools in 8 local school districts. Click below for the 2021-22 HSI Grant Info and Timeline.

Mini Grants

The Mini Grants are awarded on a rolling basis to fund students and/or teachers with student-centered health and wellness projects that can be implemented in the class-room or school wide. We are always looking for new innovative programs to fund! 



For assistance with grant information and applications please contact Jenny Bratton, Manager of Grants and Programs at (650) 421-2155 x 207 or jbratton@seqhd.org.