Grants Program 2019

Program Overview

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SAN JOAQUIN is pleased to invite eligible organizations to submit letters of interest for grant funding from the Community Health Fund. Grants are available to fund projects and activities that serve people living in San Joaquin and Calaveras County, and directly align with the Community Health Fund’s areas of interest: improving healthcare services, promoting health outcomes, and supporting medical education.

The Community Foundation of San Joaquin has committed a total of $175,000 for this grants program in 2019. The maximum grant amount an applicant may request under this program is $40,000, although applicants may request less than the maximum amount.

Those organizations receiving grant awards will be required to submit progress and final reports, as well as a financial report.

Eligibility Criteria

The Community Foundation of San Joaquin will accept letters of interest from the following organizations:

  • Nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, classified as a public charity, not as a “private foundation” under section for 509(a), and are designated a 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) organization; and
  • Local public education agencies such as K-12 public school districts, community colleges, and public universities.

Organizations must be located in San Joaquin or Calaveras County. Proposed projects or activities must directly benefit people living in San Joaquin or Calaveras County.

Submission Deadline

In order to be considered for grant funding, letters of interest must be submitted online via this online grants portal by May 3, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). Submissions will not be accepted after this deadline.

Selection Criteria

The Community Foundation of San Joaquin will accept letters of interest from eligible organizations that propose projects or activities that directly align with one or more of the Community Health Fund’s areas of interest: improving healthcare services, promoting health outcomes, and supporting medical education. Within these areas, preference in the application review process will be given to funding projects or activities that demonstrate a commitment to:


  • Having a lasting and measurable impact


  • Innovative modes/models of delivering services
  • Scaling innovative healthcare delivery systems to provide efficient, coordinated care


  • Encouraging careers in the health professions at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels
  • Improving admission and retention rates in health professions schools and training programs through scholarships, fellowships, and student loan repayment
  • Promoting sector-based job training; wraparound support services; placement of alumni into jobs with pathways to living wages, benefits and career advancement; and job retention services


  • Utilizing new knowledge and current technological advances to improve programs and services for people who have behavioral health illnesses
  • Supporting victims of human trafficking through either comprehensive services — including shelter, advocacy, and health care–or specialized legal or mental health services


  • Serving underrepresented populations, including minorities, low-income individuals, and/or residents of rural areas


  • Leveraging matching funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis, through either cash or in-kind contributions, or a combination thereof


  • Working with other nonprofit organizations/local public agencies in the community to increase strategic impact

Selection Process

Letter of Interest – The submission of a letter of interest is the initial step in seeking grant funding. The Foundation’s Grants Committee will review qualifying letters of interest and determine whether a full grant proposal will be requested, or if the letter of interest will be denied.

Full Grant Proposals – Grant proposals will be evaluated by the Grants Committee. Grant funding awards will be made by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Decisions made by the Board of Directors are final.

Submission Review Timeline

Below are the approximate review dates for submissions. Applicants will be contacted directly upon completion of the various stages of review. The Foundation will contact applicants by email.

  • Approximate Letter of Interest Review – Letters of interest will be reviewed and a determination made by June, 2019.
  • Approximate Grant Proposal Review – Those applicants invited to submit full grant proposals can expect a determination by August, 2019.
  • Approximate Award Announcement – Final grant awards will be announced by September, 2019.
  • Approximate Date Funds Available – Grant funding will be made available by October, 2019.


Requests for technical assistance with submitting your letter of interest through our onlinem grants portal, including any questions about the grants program, must be submitted in writing by e-mail to with the subject line CHF Grant Help.

About Community Health Fund

The Community Health Fund was established in 2017 by the Community Foundation of San Joaquin, through a generous gift from the DBB (Delta Blood Bank) Foundation.