Caring Community Grants FAQs
Any 501c3 nonprofit organization or government agency that serves District residents may apply. Funds can only be used for services that directly impact the health of people who reside in our service area. Organizations/programs that serve both SHD residents and non-district residents will be awarded funding based on the percentage of SHD residents to be served by the program.
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 $200,000 per grant. Please also note that we will not provide more than $400,000 to any one organization per year through the grants program.
The District has set aside $3.75 million for this cycle. The maximum grant will be $200,000 per grant, per year.
Yes, if those services are not available within SHD and our residents must travel to those organizations to access services.
The District welcomes collaborative applications, especially if the proposed collaboration will maximize benefits and reduce costs.
The District restricts these expenses to no more than 15 percent of your grant.
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.
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 $200,000 per grant. Please also note that we will not provide more than $400,000 to any one organization per year through the grants program. In 2022, the Board approved the transition from 1-year Caring Community grants to 2-year grants over the next 2 years. The Caring Community grants are now split into two 2-year cohorts: Returning grantees which fall under the categories of ATOD, Clinical, and Behavioral Services are slated in the 2022-24 grant cycle, while grantees which fall under the categories of Food/Nutrition, Health: Youth and Adults, and Health: Seniors are slated in the 2023-25 grant cycle. New grantees are eligible for a 1-year grant.
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.
The grants committee will make a decision in late April or early May to determine funding recommendations and you will receive notification at that time. The recommendation will either be for full funding, partial funding or no funding. The recommendation goes to the District Board for final approval which is expected to occur at our June Board meeting, which you may attend. Our regular Board meetings are open to the public.