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Dignity Health Central Coast Hospitals Now Accepting Community Health Improvement Grants Applications

The grants help provide critical health and human services to San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County residents

CENTRAL COAST, CA – August 15, 2022 – Dignity Health Central Coast, which includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH), French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC), and Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), are now accepting applications for our Dignity Health Community Health Improvement Grants program. The maximum amount available for funding an Affordable Care Community’s project, a collaboration of community organizations, is $100,000.   

The Community Health Improvement Grants Program seeks to partner with other local nonprofit organizations who are working to improve the health and quality of life of the communities we serve, as well as exemplify Dignity Health’s five core values: Compassion, Inclusion, Integrity, Excellence, and Collaboration. Projects to be funded must involve collaboration with two other organizations as well as one of our Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals. 

Grant funds are to be used to provide services to underserved populations in the central coast area, and the proposed program must integrate one or more of the following strategic priorities identified in the Central Coast Service Area 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment report:

  • Education Attainment
  • Access to Healthcare including  Behavioral  Health, Dental Care
  • Health Promotion and Prevention

Last year, Dignity Health Central Coast awarded $370,796 in grant funding to four unique, community non-profit organizations in San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County. 

To review the criteria and apply for the 2022 grants, please visit Community Health Improvement Grants. Grant funding decisions will be announced in December 2022 with checks awarded at a celebration breakfast in January 2023.  

For more information about the Community Improvement Grant program application process, please contact Patty Herrera at (805) 739-3593.


About Dignity Health of the Central Coast

Dignity Health of the Central Coast is an integrated network of top-quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories, and imaging centers, and a full-service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety, and service. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities. For more information visit;;


Publish date: 

Monday, August 15, 2022