2020 Community Benefit Grant Program

MarinHealth wishes to partner with and support community organizations and health agencies committed to building innovative strategies that serve the needs of Marin County residents through our Community Benefit Grant Program.

Priority Health Needs

In 2019, MarinHealth conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to assess the significant health needs in Marin County. The MarinHealth CHNA guides the hospital’s community health improvement programs and community benefit activities, as well as its collaborative efforts with organizations that share a mission to improve health.

Based on the data and community input collected in our CHNA, MarinHealth has chosen to fund programs that address:

Access to Care
Access to quality healthcare is important to overall health, disease prevention, and reducing unnecessary disability and premature death. We will focus on the availability of primary care, dental care and specialty care services. We will also focus on addressing circumstances and conditions that affect health care access such as health literacy, transportation and health insurance coverage.

Healthy Eating and Active Living
Healthy lifestyle choices can affect the rates of chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. Although rates of obesity and diabetes are lower in Marin County compared to California overall, there is a high prevalence of Marin County youth who are overweight or obese. We will focus on access to healthy food options, increases in food security, adequate information and knowledge to make healthy food choices, and increases in physical activity and improved fitness.

Housing and Homelessness
The high cost of living in Marin County and the lack of affordable housing contribute to increased housing instability and a growing homeless population. Adequate, safe housing is a social determinant of health, which impacts the health and well-being of our community residents. Conversely, inadequate housing or a lack of housing has a negative impact on health outcomes. We will focus on sustaining and enhancing a continuum of care and offering supportive services that assist individuals and families to prevent homelessness and/or to move forward out of homelessness.

Mental Health and Substance Use
Marin County residents have increasing mental health and substance misuse concerns. We will focus on initiatives and programs that support access to mental health and substance use services and increase community awareness of prevention efforts and the availability of resources to address mental health and substance use concerns.

Violence, Community Safety and Injury Prevention
Violence, community safety and injury prevention focus on health-related indicators affected by crime, abuse, falls, unintended injuries/accidents. These events may inordinately impact specific populations (e.g. seniors, youth, homeless populations). We will focus on efforts to reduce violence and injuries and increase community awareness of prevention efforts and availability of resources.

Community Benefit Grant Program Eligibility

Established nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations and public agencies that serve Marin County residents are eligible for MarinHealth grant funds.

Grant Focus

MarinHealth prioritizes grant requests for programs that:

  • Address our prioritized health needs.
  • Improve access to health are and supportive services.
  • Serve underserved, vulnerable populations.
  • Reduce health disparities or improve the quality of life for people living in Marin County.
  • Measure outcomes through evaluation methods and have a track record of consistent outcomes.

Grants are generally NOT awarded to/for:

  • Arts programs
  • Cultural events
  • Athletic programs, such as sports teams or leagues
  • Fundraising activities
  • Annual fund drives
  • Building or capital campaigns
  • Individuals
  • Religious organizations (religious purposes or exclusive benefit of their members)
  • Political campaigns

Submissions & Questions

The 2020 Community Benefit Grant Program application is open from August 16, 2019 to September 17, 2019. Late applications will not be considered. Final grant awards will be announced by December 2019. Contact us at community.benefit@mymarinhealth.org for more information.