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Apply for a Grant

If you’ve read our Q&A and are eligible to apply for a grant, you can submit a Letter of Interest through the Cal Wellness Grants Portal. A Letter of Interest is step one in requesting a grant from Cal Wellness. Unsure if you’re eligible? A checklist:

  • 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. Cal Wellness does not provide international funding or fund organizations located outside the United States.

Now that we’ve double-checked our eligibility, let’s get to it!

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Here's a video that walks you through how to apply for a grant with us. Below are step-by-step instructions of how the process should go.

How to Apply

Step 1:

  • Open Internet Explorer or Firefox and go here.
  • If you don’t have an account, click "Create New Account."
  • Sign up using an address you check regularly.
  • Answer eligibility questions with the drop-down menu. (Need more help? Go to the application guide here.)
    Time estimate: 4 minutes

Phew! Done with Step 1

Step 2:

  • Fill out general contact information about your organization (primary contact).
    Time estimate: 4 minutes

Press "Next"!

Step 3:

  • Answer four questions about your organization’s finances. (You’ll need to know the EIN #.)
  • What do you need? (Amount requested, duration, core operating support, or project support.)
  • Share a 25-word elevator pitch about your funding request.
    Time estimate: 15 minutes

Almost done!

Step 4:

  • Upload your Request Narrative. (A two-page document that shares what issues your project addresses and how it aligns with Cal Wellness.) Here’s where to go for in-depth instructions.
  • Answer four questions about the areas of impact your project will address. (Use drop-down menu.) Time estimate: 6 minutes, not including drafting time of Request Narrative.
  • Read and Review: You won’t be able to edit or change your application once you submit.
  • Please make sure to double-carefully-review you application before applying.
  • Seriously, review One. Last. Time.

Press "Submit"—you did it!

Need a little break? Take a breather. Here’s how to go back in.

Here's a video that shows you how to return to your account or continue working on a letter of interest. Below are step-by-step instructions on the process.

How to Return to Your Account

  • Click the "Return to Your Account" link.
  • Log in to your Online Portal (email address & password).
  • If you forgot your password:
    • Click “Forgot Password.”
    • Enter your email address.
    • Check your email for your temporary password. (Check junk/spam folders!)
  • Select "Return to account."
  • On right-hand side: select “In Progress” or “Submitted” from dropdown “Show” menu. You can finish up your Letter of Interest, Proposal or Report here.
  • Complete application.
  • Read and Review: You won’t be able to edit or change your application once you submit. Please make sure to double-carefully-review your application before applying.
  • Seriously, review One. Last. Time.

Press "Submit"—you did it!

Here’s what happens next:

  • You will receive a confirmation email that summarizes the contents of your application.
  • Within a few days, you will receive an email letting you know that your Letter of Interest is under review.
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