Priority Areas

Grant applications must describe how your work under the grant addresses at least one of the following priority areas. See full Request for Proposal (RFP) for details.

Projects or programs to improve safety for the most vulnerable people in the community, with a particular focus on people experiencing homelessness, LGBTQ+, immigrants, people with mental illness or other disabilities, currently or formerly incarcerated people, and BIPOC communities.

Population of Focus
Unhoused individuals: Defined as individuals living outdoors, staying temporarily with friends or family, as well as residents of shelters, transitional housing programs, and encampments.

Immigrants: Defined as individuals without permanent residence or green cards.

Possible activities

  • Supportive housing
  • Behavioral health services and treatment for substance use disorder
  • Individual case management
  • Mentoring
  • Trauma-informed services
  • Restorative or Transformative Justice programs

Outcome Measures

  • 70% of program participants report a decrease in violence and greater feelings of safety.
  • Additional outcome measures to be developed based on programs awarded.

Programs and projects that increase social cohesion in neighborhoods by strengthening relationships between residents, increasing involvement in community activities, bridging social capital, and developing local leaders.

Population of focus

Historically under-resourced neighborhoods, areas impacted by high rates of arrest and incarceration.

Possible activities

  • Support groups, mentoring
  • Community or cultural events
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Mediation or restorative justice
  • Cultural or arts programs

Outcome Measures

  • 25% increased participation in community and neighborhood activities or events
  • 70% of participants report feeling more connected to others
  • Additional outcome measures to be developed based on programs awarded

Projects or programs to increase safety, usability, and accessibility of common outdoor spaces through neighborhood beautification, traffic mitigation, creating or enhancing green spaces, reclaiming vacant or blighted areas, planting gardens, and other improvements.

Areas of Focus

  • Under-resourced neighborhoods with relatively few public parks
  • Areas experiencing high rates of vacant or blighted properties and lots
  • Food deserts areas with a high heat index in need of climate mitigation

Possible activities

  • Street cleanups and trash removal
  • Improved outdoor lighting
  • Tree planting
  • Community gardening, small scale agricultural production
  • Murals, sculpture, or art projects
  • Community bike rides, walks, or outdoor gatherings

Outcome measures

  • 20% Increase in accessible green space or amount of tree cover
  • 20% improvement in outdoor areas in the neighborhood (weeds removed, trash cleared, art projects created, use of previously unused space)
  • 25% increase in use of outdoor areas by neighborhood residents
  • 70% of residents report satisfaction and greater feelings of safety in these areas
  • Additional outcome measures to be developed based on programs awarded

Projects or programs to improve the health and wellness of low-income residents and marginalized populations by reducing stigma and increasing access to medical and behavioral health care and other wellness activities or services.

Population of Focus

  • BIPOC communities
  • Individuals and families living at or below poverty
  • Immigrants and refugees
  • LGBTQ+
  • People who use drugs
  • Currently or formerly incarcerated people
  • People with mental illness and other disabilities

Possible activities

  • Public health outreach, education
  • Community or low-cost clinics
  • Healthy food distribution, cooking instruction
  • Wellness programs such as exercise, meditation, and yoga
  • Acudetox and other alternative therapies
  • Harm reduction programs

Outcome measures

  • 70% of participants received health information or instruction
  • 70% of participants received care: medication, treatment, other services
  • 70% of participants report improved health outcomes (successful treatment, reduced symptoms)
  • 70% of participants report increased feelings of well-being
  • Additional outcome measures to be developed based on programs awarded
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