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Dignity Health Central Coast Hospitals Now Accepting Community Grants Applications


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

CENTRAL COAST, CA– June 15, 2017 – 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 Grants. The maximum amount available for funding an Affordable Care Community’s project, a collaboration of community organizations, is $100,000.

The Dignity Health Community Grants Program seeks to partner with other 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: Dignity, Collaboration, Justice, Stewardship, and Excellence. Projects to be funded must involve collaboration with 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, and the proposed program must integrate one or more of the following strategic priorities indentified in the Central Coast Service Area Community Health Needs Assessment report:

  • Education (MRMC service area only)
  • Access to Healthcare, overcoming barriers to access, including lack of providers, and lack of health insurance (FHMC service area only)
  • Behavioral/Mental Health, lack of resources and awareness of resources
  • Homelessness, lack of affordable housing and shelters
  • Cancer Screenings, lack of providers and awareness of basic screenings
  • Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke, lack of providers and lack of awareness 

Last year, Dignity Health Central Coast awarded $271,821 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 2018 grants, please visit https://www.dignityhealth.org/about-us/community-health/grant-programs/community-grants. Grant funding decisions will be announced in November 2017 with checks awarded at a celebration breakfast in January 2018.  

For more information about the Community Grant application process, please contact Patty Herrera at 805.542.6268 or Sandy Underwood at 805.739.3593. 

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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 www.arroyograndehospital.org; www.frenchmedicalcenter.org; www.marianmedicalcenter.org

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