Healthy Children & Families Initiative

Thriving children and families are an important component of a healthy, resilient region.

Healthy Children & Families (HCF) advances community resilience through health equity and increases the quality of life for children and families through expanded access to supportive services, including:

  • Connection to direct financial assistance
  • Equitable access to affordable and high-quality healthcare, including mental and behavioral health services
  • Addressing trauma and increasing access to equity-centered, trauma-informed services for children and families

HCF launched in fall 2021 with a project focused on reducing child poverty and improving economic stability through outreach to families to support access to the Expanded Child Tax Credit. A collaboration with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Community Health Worker Coalition, the effort was made possible with funding from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the EITC Funders Network.

Program Timeline

April 4, 2022
Grant Guidelines released
April 14, 2022, 11:00 a.m.
Q&A Webinar
May 4, 2022 by 5:00 p.m.
Application submission deadline
June 2022 (Tentative)
Grant funding announcements

Questions?

For questions, please contact communityimpact@sdfoundation.org.


Background

Lack of access to mental and behavioral health services and care coordination has negatively impacted our community, and the effects have only been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. This past fall, a coalition of the nation’s leading experts in pediatric health declared a national emergency in child and adolescent mental health.

According to the December 2020 report Roadmap for Resilience: The California Surgeon General’s Report on Adverse Childhood Experiences, Toxic Stress, and Health, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma represent an urgent public health crisis with wide-reaching health and societal impacts. Informed by this report, as well as by regional data and local stakeholders, this important issue is recognized as one that is affecting many children, families and service providers that deliver care in San Diego County.

A child psychologist talks with a boy and his mom during a play therapy appointment.

Funding Opportunity

The 2022 HCF grant is expected to award a total of $300,000. Eligible organizations may request a maximum of $30,000 per proposal. This grant is to advance and sustain initiatives within 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

Register or Continue Application

Registration Instructions: Video Tutorial, PDF

Grant Goal

This grant supports projects and programs providing mental, behavioral and related support services to children of all ages and their families, utilizing culturally responsive and trauma-informed practices.

Strategies

The following are strategies that support the goal of the HCF grant. Organizations will be asked to identify the primary strategy they plan to employ in their application. All applicants are encouraged to address services and support for low-to-moderate-income families, as well as historically marginalized communities, and those experiencing health inequities or negative social determinants of health.

Proposals for consideration must focus on at least one of the below areas:

Mental/behavioral health screening, treatment and referrals

Implement culturally responsive and trauma-informed approaches that address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and/or other clinical screening tools for children of all ages and/or their parents, guardians or caregivers and provide appropriate treatment or referrals based on screening outcomes.

Access to mental and behavioral healthcare and/or care coordination

Ensure that children and families have access and/or care coordination to high-quality, affordable and culturally responsive mental and behavioral health care.

Supportive interventions

Provide culturally responsive and trauma-informed interventions for children of all ages and/or their parents, guardians or caregivers to support mental and behavioral wellness. Proposals can include, but are not limited to, family-centered interventions, peer-to-peer support, interactive education, coaching and mentoring, and other programs promoting resiliency.

Grant Eligibility & Recommendations

Parents with babyEach proposal must be led by a nonprofit with 501(c)(3) public charity status, located in and serving San Diego County. A 501(c)(3) public charity may serve as a fiscal sponsor for another applicant to administer the grant and provide regular financial reporting to The San Diego Foundation.

Eligibility

  • Organizations may be part of more than one proposal, but may only serve as lead applicant for one proposal
  • Projects must be completed within a 12-month timeline
  • The San Diego Foundation will not fund endowments, existing obligations/debt, scholarships, or projects that promote religious or political doctrines
  • Projects must work to expand care for low-to-moderate-income communities and/or populations experiencing health disparities or negative social determinants of health

Recommendations

  • Articulate a strategy for project success
  • Show potential for positive outcomes and impact
  • Exhibit organizational strength, past performance and strong community partnerships
  • Describe how you’ll connect authentically with the community you serve

How To Apply

Girl smiles as the female doctor checks her heart with a stethoscopeOrganizations are asked to complete an online application on the MyTSDF grant portal. View a preview of the application here. The deadline to submit your online application is 5:00 p.m. PDT, Wednesday, May 4.

Register or Continue Application

Registration Instructions: Video Tutorial, PDF
MyTSDF is a new grant application process for The San Diego Foundation. If you have questions about setting up your account, please email communityimpact@sdfoundation.org.

Please note that after you register to set up your account, you will not be able to log in or fill out the application until The San Diego Foundation reviews and approves your registration request. This can take up to two business days.

Please plan accordingly to register in advance of the application deadline.

Q&A Webinar

This informational webinar outlines the 2022 Healthy Children & Families Grant process and application.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do we apply?

Organizations are asked to complete an online application on the MyTSDF grant portal. The deadline to submit your online application is 5:00 p.m. PDT, Wednesday, May 4.

Register or Continue Application

Registration Instructions: Video Tutorial, PDF
 

MyTSDF is a new grant application process for The San Diego Foundation. If you have questions about setting up your account, please email communityimpact@sdfoundation.org.

Please note that after you register to set up your account, you will not be able to log in or fill out the application until The San Diego Foundation reviews and approves your registration request. This can take up to two business days.

Please plan accordingly to register in advance of the application deadline.


How do we define low-to-moderate income?

A low-income community means there is a median family income of less than 50 percent of the area median income. A moderate-income community means that the median family income is at least 50 percent and less than 80 percent of the area median income.


How much can we request?

The San Diego Foundation will accept requests up to $30,000.


Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for a Healthy Children and Families Grant from The San Diego Foundation, organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and provide services in San Diego County. An organization may serve as a fiscal sponsor for a charitable organization that does not have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status if a cooperative relationship between the two can be clearly demonstrated. The fiscal sponsor must be willing to administer the grant if awarded. Please see Grant Eligibility & Recommendations above.


Can my organization submit, and possibly be awarded, more than one application for the 2022 Healthy Children & Families Grant?

You may only submit one application per organization. However, larger organizations with different and distinct service sites may submit more than one 2022 Healthy Children & Families Grant application that is specific to each program. For example, large universities with different colleges may submit one application per college.


What if my program/project addresses more than one of the grant’s 3 funding strategies? Must I select only one funding strategy?

Organizations should indicate only one lead strategy in their application. However, your application will be considered in its entirety, so the selection of one strategy over another will not negatively impact your application. Each of the funding strategies are equally important in the HCF Review Committee’s consideration for funding.


Is it required that the organization serve children of all ages or can they serve a designated age group?

It is not a requirement to serve all ages and family members. Serving specific age ranges will also qualify for consideration. For example, qualified proposals can focus on, but are not limited to, supporting youth aged 12-18, mothers and newborns, transition-aged youth (TAY), or any range of ages and/or their parents, guardians or caregivers.


Where do I upload my program budget? If awarded, can we use the funding for indirect costs?

For this grant, uploading a budget is not required in efforts to reduce the burden of the application process. However, it’s The Foundation’s policy that grant awards not be used for indirect costs. Also, The Foundation will not fund endowments, existing obligations/debt, scholarships, or projects that promote religious or political doctrines.

Funds may be used to support programmatic and operational costs essential to the delivery of the proposed programs/projects. Examples of appropriate use of funds can include, but are not limited to: program staff salaries, programmatic activities, supplies or other operational costs as it relates to the program/project.

Although a budget is not required for all applicants, finalists of the application pool should be prepared to share a budget for approval prior to grants being awarded.


What is the grant period?

The 12-month grant period will begin July 1, 2022 and end June 30, 2023.


When will applicants be notified?

Applicants are expected to be notified in June 2022.


What if I encounter any technical issues?

Please contact communityimpact@sdfoundation.org.