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Prospective applicants (Grant cycle 2018-19)

Thank you for your interest in the Caring Community Grants Program of Sequoia Healthcare District. For general information about our grants program, please visit our FAQ page.

Each year, Sequoia Healthcare District provides program grants to local non-profits and government organizations that provide crucial health services for the residents of our area. Most years these grants serve collectively more than 60,000 residents. The District also funds community health clinics and several other health services, including school based health programs, some of which have been developed and managed by District staff.

Funding priorities are based on current and projected community health needs and variable funding resources.

The Community Grants priority funding areas for the 2018-19 grants cycle are:

  • Active and Healthy Living
  • Preventive Health and Safety Services
  • Access to Treatment (e.g., mental health, substance use)

For a full description of these outcomes, please refer to the attachment entitled Results Matrix.

District Service Area

The District map was established in 1946 and is no longer consistent with current zip code maps. Therefore, we have grouped the zip codes that we serve into two categories:

  • Group 1 zip codes – 100% of the residents of those zip codes live in District boundaries. Group 1 zip codes include 94028 (Portola Valley), 94062 (Woodside), 94027 (Atherton), 94070 (San Carlos), 94061, 94063, 94065 (Redwood City/Redwood Shores), 94002 (Belmont)
  • Group 2 zip codes – some of the residents of that zip code live in Sequoia Healthcare District and some do not. Group 2 zip codes include 94025 (Menlo Park), 94404 (Foster City), 94403 (San Mateo), 94019 (Redwood City-Half Moon Bay)

In our Letter of Intent, Group 1 and Group 2 zip codes are presented and you are asked to provide the percent of clients you plan to serve within each zip code. We will compare the percent of SHD residents to be served against the percent of your overall program budget for which you request funding. If the percentage of SHD residents to be served in Group 1 zip codes is equal to or more than the percent of your funding request, further discussion will not likely be needed. However, if the percentage of clients you plan to serve in Group 1 zip codes is less than the percent of funding you are requesting, then further investigation and information about Group 2 zip codes will be necessary.

Please give critical thought to these numbers. For those funded, we will also ask you to report at mid-term and end-of–year by clients served by these groupings

Eligible Agencies:

The only agencies that may apply are 501c3 charitable organizations or government agencies serving the target clients listed below.

Application Process and Timeline:

Jan. 2018

  • Grants Program Public Information Sessions: provide an overview of our grants program and how to apply for funding. The 2018-19 grants information sessions will be held on January 9, 2018 at 3:30 pm and January 11, 2017 at 9:30 am.

Feb. 2018

  • LETTER OF INTENT due February 15, 2018 by 5pm
  • The Grants Review Committee will review the Letters of Intent in late February.
  • A notification will be sent to the prospective grantees asked to submit a full application.

March 2018

  • FULL APPLICATION due March 29, 2018 by 5pm

April 2018

  • The Grants Review Committee will meet to discuss full applications in April.

  • Following review of the completed applications in April, the Grants Review Committee will make its recommendations for funding to the District Board of Directors in June.

June 2018

  • Board to vote on grants recommendations at the June 2018 Board Meeting.
  • The District Board may chose to offer full funding, partial funding or no funding. These meetings are open to the public and committee members and grant applicants are welcome to attend.
  • We will notify grantees of their approval and grant amount. We will mail Grant Agreement to agencies and a Scope of Change Form where necessary.
  • Date TBD – A special training for new grantees on program evaluation and reporting will be required.
  • Open House Luncheon (date TBD) – First half of checks will be available for pick up at a SHD Open House.

Dec. 2018

  • MID-YEAR REPORTS due December 20, 2018 by 5pm

Jan. 2019

  • Second half of grant funding upon successful completion and acceptance of mid-term report and possible site visit

June 2019

  • FINAL REPORTS due June 20, 2019 by 5pm


  • If you have any questions please contact Pamela Kurtzman (650-421-2155 x 203 or pkurtzman@sequoiahealthcaredistrict.com).