2020 Grantees

2020 Community Grants Award

The greater Sacramento region has awarded $1,014,040 in community grants to fifteen collaborative proposals across Sacramento, Yolo and Nevada counties for Calendar Year 2020.

In Sacramento County, $776,195 in community grants have been awarded to eleven partnerships:


1. Salud Con Dignidad (Health with Dignity): This collaboration will connect low-income, under-insured/uninsured, predominantly Latino, Sacramento residents with health education and social service resources. The collaboration will utilize a holistic, coordinated-care approach to well-being via comprehensive outreach, direct health-education, health, and legal services. Resources and services will focus primarily on behavioral health, nutrition, and immigration-related needs, but will also include access to primary, vision, and oral health services. Additionally, collaborative partners will also organize community resilience events such as family leadership conferences.
a. Lead Organization: La Familia Counseling Center
b. Partners:  Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, Sacramento Native American Health Center, &  Family, Unity, Education, and Legal (FUEL) Network

2. Food Exploration and School Transformation (FEAST): This project will include improving school health through school district policy, cooking and nutrition education and tastings, and garden education for students and families. Our objective is to increase vegetable consumption among low-income kids and families by creating a full circle connection in which they can grow their food, consume this produce in the cafeteria and learn to cook or prepare this food during the same month, which we call Vegetable of the Month, while improving compliance with school guidelines to support healthy choices by training and empowering students and families
a. Lead Organization: Food Literacy Center
b. Partners: Soil Born Farms, Health Education Council

3. Healthy Eating on Franklin Blvd: The project aims to improve the health of residents in Franklin Blvd District by educating restaurant owners and community members, and training them to advocate for healthy food in their community. The hope is to improve health knowledge and health advocacy skills of restaurants and community members. By coming together to learn about diet-related disease and being trained to be self-sufficient in improving their community, this collaborative hopes to begin changing the health environment with these residents.
a. Lead Organization: Food Literacy Center
b. Partners: La Familia, Franklin Blvd Business District

4. Continuum of Care for Arden Area’s Low-Income Pregnant Women and Teens: This collaborative will focus on ensuring low-income pregnant women and teens in the Arden area have all of the care they need to transition to parenthood, including a healthy pregnancy, safe home and parenting support. The collaborative will provide pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, Medi-Cal presumptive eligibility signups, prenatal and postnatal care, pediatric care, housing, parenting education and support.
a. Lead Organization: Sacramento Life Center
b. Partners: WellSpace Health’s Arden-Arcade Community Health Center & Bishop Gallegos Maternity Home

5. Behavioral Health Recuperative Care: Supporting client needs and building community
capacity through collaboration:  There are currently no long term options available for respite/recuperative care for these individuals and yet they are some of the most vulnerable people left unsheltered in our communities. By leveraging existing services and linkages to the four Dignity hospitals in our communities, including the new psychiatric urgent care at Mercy San Juan Medical Center, this collaboration build and test a program to provide recuperative care for clients experiencing homelessness that also have a behavioral health diagnosis, with housing and supportive services.
a. Lead Organization: Sacramento Covered 
b. Partners: Sacramento Native American Health Center, The Yoga Seed Collective, Legal Services of Northern California

6. Unveiling Breast Cancer-Mind, Body, Soul-Serving the Whole Woman: The collaboration between Carrie’s TOUCH, Encouraging Life Organization and First Baptist Church Sacramento, is designed to promote overall wellness and enhance the quality of life of a population that is diverse and often marginalized-African American women. With cultural sensitivity, this collaboration will engage, inform and provide resources including mammography screening, and chronic illness screenings and management.
a. Lead Organization: Carrie’s TOUCH
b. Partners: Encouraging Life Organization & First Baptist Church Sacramento

7. Education, Response and Access (ERA): ERA is a collaborative program, directly addressing the challenges faced by communities, individuals, and health centers due to the opioid epidemic. ERA responds to the challenges of navigating the often confusing systems of care by providing wraparound services: case management, transportation, opiate overdose prevention training, individual and family counseling, Medi-Cal/benefits navigation and expedited entrance into Medication Assisted Treatment.
a. Lead Organization: Harm Reduction Services
b. Partners: Lighthouse of Hopeful Hearts& Gender Health Center

8. Dementia Care and Support Navigation: This collaborative will offer a set of core services to persons with Alzheimer's Disease and their care partners, including 24/7 Helpline, care consultations, education workshops, AlzDirectConnect (health care provider fax referral), support groups (early stage Alzheimer's Disease and care partner groups) and safety services. They will also conduct provider outreach and professional training. Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center's (DOCRC) will offer assessment, counseling and respite grants for caregivers. Rebuilding Together (RT) will offer home safety assessments and minor home modifications. Mercy Medical Group Geriatric Division (MMGG) will participate in the Alz Direct Connect Referral program to refer patients to services offered by the partner agencies, provide in kind space for education classes and help the partners build additional linkages with other Dignity Health providers.
a. Lead Organization: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association 
b. Partners: Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center. Rebuilding Together, Dignity Health – Mercy Medical Group Geriatrics Division 

9. Healthy Women and Families: The collaborative will provide intensive case management, housing, educational support, and wrap around services to commercially sexually exploited pregnant women and at-risk transition aged young women to improve the long-term health and well-being of families in our community.
a. Lead Organization: Community Against Sexual Harm
b. Partners: Bishop Gallegos Maternity Home & Freedom Through Education

10. The Employ + Empower Reintegration Program: This collaborative unites expertise in trauma-informed services, social enterprises, and support for individuals with barriers to employment into a program with the capacity for significant positive impact on the lives of human trafficking survivors. Economic insecurity is a risk factor for, and often a result of, human trafficking. This collaborative will offer a pipeline to supported employment that assists clients on their path towards a safe, secure future and reintegration into positive communities.
a. Lead Organization: 3Strands Global Foundation
b. Partners: Juma Ventures, PRIDE Industries

11. Passport to Adulthood: This collaborative will provide high school age youth with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to successfully transition to adulthood. This collaborative will use a combination of workshops, guest speakers, field trips and hands on learning activities.
a. Lead Organization: Mutual Assistance Network
b. Partners: Project Optimism, Green Technical Education and Employment & Health Education Council


In Yolo County, $86,885 in community grants have been awarded to two partnerships:

12. Yolo Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Yolo Health Parks, Healthy People features outreach projects regarding both the preventative and restorative health benefits of spending time in nature. The partners will establish a multi-media outreach program to the general public regarding the human need to be in nature and the interconnection between healthy environments with their own health. The partners envision a focused outreach campaign to medical and health care professionals about the physical and mental health benefits of being in nature in addition to outreach to the general public.
a. Lead Organization: Cache Creek Conservancy
b. Partners: Putah Creek Council, Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance

13. YoloCare: YoloCare provides a safety net of 24/7,community-based palliative care – wrap-around, interdisciplinary services addressing the medical, social services, religious, and medical-related transportation needs of our most vulnerable neighbors suffering chronic/long-term and serious illness. Using an innovative, collaborative approach, YoloCare reaches patients who often slip through cracks in care systems. Yolo Hospice is one of three community organizations in northern California (and fewer than 30 nationally) to be Joint Commission accredited for community-based palliative care.
a. Lead Organization: Yolo Hospice, Inc. 
b. Partners: CommuniCare, Fourth & Hope


In Nevada County, $80,960 in community grants have been awarded to two partnerships:

14. Rapid Access to Wellness: Access to Wellness is an innovative collaboration building on the successful pilot where law enforcement and homeless providers directly connect a community member to substance use disorder treatment. The project adds key elements of expanded housing, navigation, and medical services, establishing a framework where partnering agencies provide outreach, residential/outpatient treatment, temporary housing, case management/ service connection, medical support, and coordinated entry to provide treatment and stabilization to people experiencing complex needs including SUD and homelessness.
a. Lead organization: Granite Wellness Centers 
b. Partners: Grass Valley Police Department, Hospitality House

15. Senior Grocery Bag Program: The purpose of this innovative program is to address food insecurity among low income homebound seniors by collaborating with IFM and the Food Bank to pilot the 1st ever senior grocery bag delivery program. Accessing food resources is a major challenge for seniors who are frail and homebound. This program overcomes that barrier by delivering the food to their homes.
a. Lead organization: Gold Country Community Services
b. Partners: Food Bank of Nevada County, Interfaith Food Ministry, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital