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Applications due Aug. 15 for grants to help strengthen nonprofits

Sierra Health will award grants to help nonprofits conduct a full organizational assessment and develop a Capacity Building Action Plan. Grant applications are due to Sierra Health by Aug. 15 and can be found online. Each grantee will receive approximately $10,000 to cover consulting costs.

Eligible nonprofit organizations must be located in Sierra Health's 26-county funding region, provide health-related services, have 501(c)(3) status, and have an annual operating budget of more than $500,000. Find more information about the grant opportunity on Sierra Health's Web site. A proposers' teleconference was held July 11 (view the PowerPoint presentation here).To learn about the assessment process and its benefits, see the Spring 2005 issue of GrantWise, a Sierra Health e-newsletter that provides tips to attract and use funds wisely.

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Seven community coalitions receive planning grants to support youth

Thirty-two community coalitions in the California Capital Region applied for REACH Community Action Planning Grants. Of these, seven coalitions were awarded nine-month planning grants. Each coalition will receive $75,000 to assess community supports and opportunities for youth ages 10-15 and to develop a plan for enhancing them. The selected communities reflect the mix of communities in Sierra Health's funding region.

We are proud to announce the following coalitions and sponsoring organizations as our newest partners in youth development:
  • ACT Organizing for Youth Opportunities in Meadowview
    Sacramento Area Congregations Together
  • Cordova Community Collaborative for Healthy Children and Families
    Folsom Cordova Community Partnership
  • Galt Area Youth Coalition
    Galt Joint Union Elementary School District
  • South Sacramento Coalition for Future Leaders
    Sacramento Mutual Housing Association
  • Vision Coalition of El Dorado Hills
    El Dorado Hills Community Vision
  • West Sacramento Youth Resources Coalition
    CommuniCare Health Centers
  • Woodland Coalition for Youth
    Yolo Family Resource Center
Beginning in 2007, grantees will be invited to apply for implementation grants of up to $200,000 per year for up to three years. More information about the Community Action Planning Grants can be found on Sierra Health's Web site.

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Fall REACH Program Improvement Grants application deadline Sept. 15 - teleconference scheduled for July 26

Program Improvement Grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to organizations working to improve youth programs in the California Capital Region as part of REACH: Connecting Communities and Youth for a Healthy Future. Public agencies, nonprofits and faith-based groups that serve youth ages 10-15 are encouraged to apply. Applications are due to Sierra Health Foundation by 5 p.m. on Sept. 15. For more information or to download the application and criteria, visit our Web site.

While not mandatory, applicants will want to participate in a teleconference from 2:30-4:00 p.m. July 26. To reserve a line for the teleconference, click here. For assistance, send an e-mail to rsvp@teleconfirm.com or click on the help link.

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Capital Region youth complete GABY community service projects

The Grants Advisory Board for Youth celebrated the completion of this year's youth-led community service projects on June 20 at Sierra Health Foundation. Prepared with everything from poster boards filled with event photos to a videotape of an anti-violence play, young people from the project teams made heartfelt presentations about the work they did in their communities.

In January, GABY members recommended grant funding for 29 service projects to Sierra Health representatives and the Sacramento Region Community Foundation board of directors, which oversees the program. The funded organizations received up to $2,500 each for their projects, which addressed a range of issues impacting youth, including drug and violence prevention, job skills training, cultural literacy and environmental education.

"It was exciting to see all of the unique ways young people are making a difference in their communities," said Suzanne Mayes, a program officer with the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. "I am always impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm the youth participants bring to the program."

GABY, which this year consisted of 22 youth ages 12-19, provides experience in community leadership and team decision-making, while encouraging and funding youth-led projects. The funded project teams then have an opportunity to develop skills in planning, organizing and developing events and programs that benefit their communities. Since its inception in 2002, GABY has granted almost $130,000 to 69 youth-led projects.

This year, Sacramento Region Community Foundation partnered with Sierra Health Foundation and its REACH Youth Engagement Strategy to expand this youth-led grant program and to increase the number of youth participants. To see a list of the 2005-2006 funded projects, go to www.sacregcf.org. Applications and information for the 2006-2007 youth board and project funding will be available in the fall.

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First 5 Sacramento leads local community water fluoridation effort

First 5 Sacramento has allocated $14 million to expand water fluoridation in Sacramento County. Community drinking water will be fluoridated in districts with the greatest concentration of children ages 0-5. Sierra Health commends First 5 for its investment in preventing tooth decay, a debilitating disease that impacts a child's school readiness and ability to learn. The First 5 Sacramento Commission will conduct a public education campaign before and after fluoridating the water. The commission is committed to supporting the healthy development of children ages 0-5, empowering families and strengthening communities. As part of its brightSMILES program, Sierra Health has awarded funds to support First 5 fluoridation efforts in Sacramento County.

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RESOURCES


Youth can search for Capital area faith-based activities online at www.sacyouth.com. News and Review, Sacramento Area Congregations Together, and Sierra Health Foundation are partners in developing this resource.

Youth Services Provider Network (YSPN) Updates. YSPN is a collaboration of a broad cross section of providers and funders in the Sacramento region committed to promoting positive youth development, learning, networking and resource sharing.

Sacramento First 5 opportunities. On Aug. 1, find a Request for Proposal (RFP) on Child Care and Effective Parenting and a Request for Application (RFA) on Nutrition and Community Connectedness (RFA) grant programs. Information is available now on mandatory proposers' conferences - Aug. 15 for the RFP and Aug. 22 for the RFA.



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