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Online Grant Application Process

Cal Wellness is now accepting the online submission of letters of interest (LOIs) through the Cal Wellness Grants Portal. An LOI is the initial step in requesting a grant from The California Wellness Foundation. 

If you are new to the Cal Wellness Grants Portal, you must create a password-protected account before you can enter the portal (see the Create a New Account section below). There are two different links to access the Cal Wellness Grants Portal:

  • Click “Start A New Application” to begin a new LOI
  • Click “Return To Your Account” to access in-progress or submitted LOIs, proposals and reports. You may not start a new LOI from this link.

Please note the sign-in pages for each of these links are identical. Once you sign-in, you will be directed to the appropriate site based on which link you followed.

Before you Apply

Before you begin a new LOI, please review the Advancing Wellness Grants Program and Funding Eligibility Criteria.

Advancing Wellness Grants Program

The goal of the Advancing Wellness Grants Program is to promote equity through advocacy and access. There are three main grantmaking portfolios and an opportunity fund.

For additional information, please visit the Advancing Wellness Grant Program Overview section.

Funding Eligibility Criteria

To further the goal of advancing the wellness of all Californians, Cal Wellness makes grants to nonprofit organizations, public agencies, religious organizations and tribal governments. To apply for funding, applicant organizations must generally have a valid tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be classified as a public charity, not as a “private foundation” under section 509(a). In addition, the Foundation does not fund Section 509(a)(3) Type III non-functionally integrated supporting organizations.

Cal Wellness will not consider organizations that discriminate by race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation or national origin, nor consider activities that exclusively benefit the members of sectarian or religious organizations. Grants are not generally awarded for annual fund drives, building campaigns, major equipment or biomedical research. Cal Wellness does not provide international funding or fund organizations located outside the United States.

Start a Letter of Interest

Click the Start a New LOI link above to begin a new LOI application. If you are new to the Cal Wellness Grants Portal, you will need to create an account before accessing the LOI application (see Create a New Account section below). Use  your account email address and password to sign-in. Once you successfully sign-in, you will be asked if your organization meets the funding eligibility criteria before beginning the LOI.

Create a New Account

If this is the first time you are using the Cal Wellness Grants Portal, you will need to create an account. To do so:

  1. Click the Start a New LOI link above, and you will be taken to the sign-in page.
  2. Once the account sign-in page appears, click the “Create a New Account” link (located below the email address box).
  3. Enter an email address and password and click the “Continue” button to create your new account.
  4. You now have an account and will be directed to the first stage of the LOI application, the funding eligibility question.

loiPlease save your sign-in information for future reference.

Completing and Submitting the online LOI

Complete the online LOI by following the directions in the application. For additional information, download the LOI Application Guide with step-by-step instructions. You are required to upload a request narrative document prior to submitting the LOI. The request narrative should describe the scope of the request, the population of focus and the specific grantmaking program or challenges to be addressed. (See page 11 of the LOI Application Guide for more detailed instructions.

Follow the instructions to submit the LOI. Once the LOI is successfully submitted, a message will appear that reads: “Thank you! Your application has been successfully submitted. You will receive an email notification shortly.”

Important Note: If you need to save and exit the LOI before submission, you must click on the “Save for Later” button (at the bottom of each page of the online application) to ensure your information will be saved. Failure to do so may result in the loss of the contents of your application. You will be able to access your saved LOI in your Grants Portal account by clicking on the Return to Your Account link


Please refer to the LOI Application Guide to answer most of your questions. You may also review the Questions and Answers (Q&A) to help navigate the online grant application process. If you have remaining questions, please contact the Foundation by phone at (818) 702-1900 and ask for Grants Management or by email at This email is checked several times a day.

What Happens Next?

After you have successfully submitted your LOI, you will receive a confirmation email that summarizes the contents of your application.

Within a few days of your online submission, you will receive an email from Grants Management letting you know that your LOI is under review and that you will receive notification of status of your LOI approximately three months from the date of the email.

Returning to Your Grants Portal Account

You must use the Return to Your Account link to access an in-progress or previously submitted application in your Grants Portal account. You may also transfer the ownership of an application to someone else or email a copy of the application. You may also give “view-only” permission to colleagues for each application which may be helpful when seeking input. See Questions and Answers (Q&A) for more information.

Should you be invited to submit a proposal, you will be directed to return to your account to access the proposal application. For those who receive a grant from Cal Wellness, grant reports will also be submitted online.

Contact Us with Questions

To contact the Foundation with questions, call (818) 702-1900 and ask for Grants Management or send us an email at This email is checked several times a day.

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