California Health Care Foundation: Grants for Northern California

OVERVIEW: The California Health Care Foundation is an Oakland-based funder that supports access to health care, quality healthcare, policy, and research in California.

FUNDING AREAS: Access to health insurance, high-value health care, health policy, health research

IP TAKE: This funder is not exclusive to the Bay Area, but since it is based in Oakland, many low-income health care grants stay in the region.

PROFILE: Established in 1996, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) is a nonprofit and independent statewide funder headquartered in Oakland, California. It also has a State Health Policy Office in Sacramento. It focuses its efforts on the health care delivery system and providing care to low-income people in California. CHCF’s goal is to create a more patient-centered health care system by informing policymakers and industry leaders and by investing in ideas. Grantmaking interest areas are access to health insurance, high-value health care, health policy, and health research.

CHCF support can include funds for research and media campaigns. Interests include behavioral health, cancer care, care coordination, community paramedicine, safety net providers, workforce building, opioid safety, maternity care, and many others. The foundation also makes program-related investments (PRIs) for medical and health care technologies and services. Rather than grants, these take the form of low-cost loans, equity, or loan guarantees. Both nonprofits and companies can receive these PRIs. Find the application for PRIs on the funder’s website. CHCF does not typically fund direct clinical care, general operations, equipment purchases, capital campaigns, construction or renovations, fundraisers, basic biomedical research, or insurance subsidies.

Foundation grants range from just a few thousand dollars to $500,000. Grantseekers can search for past grants here. Grants are not restricted to organizations based in California, but all grants must relate to the delivery of health care in California. Many grants are awarded in the San Francisco Bay Area.

CHCF accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The CHCF staff considers requests for less than $250,000 on a rolling basis with no submission deadlines. However, requests over $250,000 are recommended to the board of directors, which meets each year in March/April, June, September, and December. Grantseekers will usually hear back within six to eight weeks whether a full proposal is requested. Direct general questions to the staff via online form or at 510-238-1040.


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