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Strengthening Community Clinics and Safety-Net Partners

In low-income areas and communities of color, people’s health is disproportionately affected by inadequate access to primary care services. Nonprofit community clinics are the main providers of basic healthcare services to people without health coverage or those on public programs like Medi-Cal. Cal Wellness aims to help clinics maintain and expand their services and strengthen their capacity so that all people can have access to quality health care.

What We Fund

Each application for funding must fit under one or more of these strategies. Please review the target populations and grant examples listed here to see if your work is aligned with our current priorities. 

  • Efforts to sustain and improve preventive and primary health care, and strengthen the capacity of small community clinics. 
  • Efforts to support projects by larger clinics to address health-related social needs of patients. 
  • Efforts that strengthen and sustain statewide and regional clinic consortia or membership organizations, or other organizations providing support for clinics. 
  • Efforts to increase the numbers of underrepresented minorities working in community clinics. 

Target Organizations

This program area supports the flowing types of organizations:  

  • Small and larger community clinics providing a broad range of primary health care services to low income individuals on Medi-Cal, other public programs, or who are uninsured. Organizations providing support for community clinics, such as statewide and regional clinic consortia and membership organizations.

What We Do Not Fund

We fund very specific organizations, projects and activities. We do not fund: 

  • Nonprofits providing safety net services that are not community clinics, clinic consortia or other organizations that provide technical assistance or capacity building services to clinics. Examples of these types of safety net organizations we do not fund include: family resource centers and shelters for domestic violence survivors or homeless persons. 
  • Clinics or other organizations providing a single type of healthcare service, such as behavioral health, substance abuse, or vision care.  
  • Stand-alone conferences and individual research projects that are not linked to ongoing strategy support, and we do not fund individual degrees and fellowships. 

Examples of Funded Grants

Below are some examples of organizations we fund under this grantmaking area:  

  • Large clinic: Salud Para la Gente Watsonville, $150,000/2 years. This grant supports a project to integrate legal and health care services to address social determinants of health. 
  • Small clinic: Livingstone Community Development Corporation, $275,000/3 years. This grant supports the provision of primary medical and dental services and the clinic’s preparation to become a federally qualified health center. 
  • Statewide or regional clinic consortium or membership organization: California Primary Care Association, $300,000/2 years. This grant provide supports technical assistance and training for community health centers in California on delivery system transformation through payment reform.

A letter of interest is the first step in requesting a grant. We’re now accepting LOIs.

Check out our grants database.

Earl Lui
Program Director

Earl Lui

Earl Lui leads grantmaking related to strengthening community clinics and safety-net partners, and fostering healthy environments.

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