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California Advancing Wellness Grant Program

California Wellness Foundation
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis



The California Wellness Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in California working to prevent health problems that result from inequities related to the social determinants of health.

Priority funding areas include:

  • Bridging the Gaps in Access and Quality Care:
    • Advancing healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act through outreach, enrollment, and public policy strategies
    • Strengthening community clinics and safety-net partners through outreach to communities about preventive services and workforce development
    • Improving oral healthcare for low-income adults and seniors
    • Increasing diversity in the health professions
  • Expanding Education and Employment Pathways:
    • Increasing educational opportunities for resilient youth
    • Promoting employment and asset-building opportunities
  • Promoting Healthy and Safe Neighborhoods:
    • Fostering healthy environments
    • Promoting violence prevention
  • Increasing Nonprofit Opportunity:
    • Advancing public policy
    • Strengthening the nonprofit and philanthropic sector

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.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

The average grant amount is between $120,000-$200,000 over 3 years.

Application process

Applicants must first submit a letter of interest through the online portal available on the program website.

Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

California Wellness Foundation provides a step-by-step instruction guide for submitting the letter of interest.

Tagged as
Access · Children and youth · Clinics · Elderly population · Environmental health · Health reform · Health workforce education and training · Healthcare needs and services · Minorities · Oral health · Policy · Self-sufficiency · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention · California

For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.