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Grant Program FAQs


1. Who is eligible to apply for a grant? Any 501c3 nonprofit organization or government agency that serves our District residents may apply. Funds can only be used for services that directly impact the health of residents living in our service area. Organizations/programs may also serve non-residents but not with our funds.

2. What are the boundaries of the Sequoia Healthcare District? We cover most of central and southern San Mateo County, specifically the municipalities of Atherton, Belmont, the southern third of Foster City, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Redwood City, Redwood Shores, San Carlos and Woodside, along with the unincorporated area around North Fair Oaks.

3. Can the district fund an organization that is located outside of District boundaries? Yes, if our residents travel to those organizations to access their services we can fund them.

4. How much total money is available for the Caring Community 2018-19 grant cycle? The District has set aside a minimum of $2,400,000 for this cycle.

5. What is the maximum annual size grant? The maximum grant will be $100,000 per grant, per year.

6. May an organization apply for more than one grant and receive more than one grant? An organization can apply for up to three grants and may be funded for as many as two grants. Each application must be for a separate program with a maximum of $100,000 per grant. Please also note that we will not provide more than $200,000 to any one organization per year.

7. May we partner with other organizations to submit a joint application? The District welcomes collaborative applications, especially if the proposed collaboration will maximize benefits and reduce costs.

8. Are all grants annual or may we ask for a multi-year funding? All grants are provided on an annual basis, although applicant may apply for continuation funding in future years.

9. What are the District’s priority funding areas? For this cycle’s preferred priority outcome areas, please see attached page. Please note that the District occasionally approves grants outside the priority areas but these are an exception and such grants are rare.

10. Are there programs or projects the grant will not support? The District will not provide a grant for the following: capital equipment, building or construction, vehicles, program services that take place in a school setting, nursing education, primary medical or dental services in a community clinic setting, or health insurance coverage, as many of these supports are funded through other District initiatives.

The District also will not fund any program that discriminates against any resident due to race, religion, age, gender, sexual preference or any other similar status.

11. When will we be notified if we are to receive a grant and for how much? Final decisions will be made no later than mid-May. You will receive notification at that time. The decision will either be a recommendation for full funding, partial funding or no funding. The recommendation goes to the District Board for final approval at the June Board District meeting.

12. May we attend that Board meeting? Yes, you may attend any of our Board meetings. They are open to the public.

13. When will we receive our check? Grantees will receive fifty percent of the total grant award in late June, and the second payment will be made after you successfully complete a mid-year progress report, due in December. There may be consequences for late reports, including withholding of the second half of your grant check, unless approved beforehand by the Grants Program Director or District CEO.

14. How much of our grant may be used for general administration or overhead expenses? The District restricts these expenses to no more than 15 percent of your grant.

Contact: Jenny Bratton, jbratton@sequoiahealthcaredistrict.com

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