Grant Program Overview and Request Guidelines

Health Priorities 

One of the District’s main roles is to stay informed about the evolving health trends, innovations, and disrupters in the health ecosystem (health, healthcare, and health environment) that impact our residents. Every year the Board identifies the most pressing health needs and establishes priorities for the following grant term. We do this through local reports and assessments and by participating on County-wide collaboratives and commissions. Examples include: 

Data Sources: 

  • SM County Triennial Community Health Needs Assessment 
  • Robert Wood Johnson California Health Annual Rankings by County 
  • SM County Oral Health Strategic Plan 
  • San Mateo County Youth Commission Adolescents Needs Assessment 
  • Sustainable San Mateo Indicator Reports 


  • Healthy Community Collaborative 
  • San Mateo County Oral Health Coalition 
  • Commission on the Status of Women 
  • School Wellness Alliance Group 
  • Tobacco Education Coalition 

2020 Priority Health Needs:

  • Obesity and diabetes 
  • Healthy eating and active living (healthy behaviors) 
  • Substance use disorders 
  • Sexually transmitted diseases/infections 
  • Health disparities (relative to health outcomes or access to health care services) 
  • Health of aging population 

2020-2021 Community Grants Program Timetable

Upcoming 20202021 Community Grants Program Timetable 

August 11, 2020  2020-2021 Letter of Intent Form will be released 
September 11, 2020  Letters of Intent are due in District Office by 2 PM 
November 02, 2020  Full Proposals are due in District Office by 2 PM 
December 10, 2020  Board takes Action on grant recommendations 
January/February 2021  Grant checks distributed at annual Community Partners Celebration 

Grants Program Policy and Procedure

Grant Request Policy and Procedure 2019

The Peninsula Health Care District grant making process is:

  • Accessible
  • Transparent
  • Objective
  • Fair
  • Impactful
  • Accountable

Core Elements of the Community Health Grants Program:

1. Letter of Intent: 

  • A Letter of Intent Form has been developed to guide each grantee submission and to standardize the content submitted by applicants. 
  • The LOI Form for 2021 grant funding will be available starting August 11, 2020 on this site or by directly contacting the District office. 
  • Letters of intent must be submitted to the District office no later than 2pm on September 11th, 2020. 
  • LOIs are reviewed by the Board’s Community Health Investment Committee and the Committee will determine which applications will move on to Full Proposals. 

2. Full Proposals:

  • Organizations will be invited to submit a Full Proposal. At that time, we will provide a Full Proposal Form and Submission Guidelines. 
  • The Community Health Investment Committee reviews and evaluate proposals and determine which organizations to invite to present to the committee and/or participate in an on-site visit. 
  • The Committee finalizes its recommendations based on the merits of the request, its compliance with District priorities and guidelines, and the available District budget. 
  • Committee recommendations will be presented to the Board at its December 10, 2020 Board meeting. 

3. Annual funding cycle.

Funding will occur annually. Grant requests are processed in the fall quarter each year and checks are issued in January. The District may, at its discretion, modify the funding cycle and fund distribution to carry out its monitoring and accountability responsibilities. 

4. Decision making and accountability.

The Peninsula Health Care District’s Board of Directors retains full public accountability for its activities, including the investment and use of the public benefit funds. The Board has sole responsibility and authority for the allocations of funds and will carry out its deliberations with full transparency and adherence to its Conflict of Interest Policy. 
For more information about the Peninsula Health Care District Community Grants Program, please call Ashley McDevitt, Community Engagement Director at (650) 697-6900.