CPCA compiles information about grant and funding opportunities for California's community clinics and health centers.  

Listings are updated on a regular basis and include information about funding from both public and private sources.  If you'd like to request a Letter of Support from CPCA for a grant application, please complete the Letter of Support Request Form .



Small Business Administration Coronavirus Relief Programs
Relief funding programs from the federal agency include the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance, Express Bridge Loans, and Debt Relief. These opportunities are ongoing. For more information, click here

FEMAs Public Assistance Program

Eligible emergency protective measures taken to respond to the COVID-19 emergency at the direction or guidance of public health officials' may be reimbursed under Category B of the FEMA Public Assistance program. Health centers can apply through the Cal OES Recovery Section who act as the grantee for FEMA's Public Assistance program. Learn more and apply here

CA State Private Nonprofit Organizations Assistance Program

This Program allows eligible applications to receive state assistance for extraordinary costs incurred while providing assistance at the request of local agencies during a state disaster event. CalOES was designated as the grantor for this program. Learn more and apply here

USAC Rural Health Care Program

Grants to USA nonprofit healthcare providers to improve and upgrade communications technology. Funding is intended to support health service providers and improve their ability to offer quality medical care through increased connectivity. The program provides reduced rates to rural health care providers (HCPs) for telecommunications and voice services for the use of telemedicine and telehealth. Eligible services are discounted at the difference in cost between urban and rural areas in each state. Learn more and apply here.

USDA Emergency Rural Health Care Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide up to $500 million in grants for COVID-19 testing and vaccines, rural health care services, and food assistance. Eligible applicants that are public, nonprofit, or tribal organizations may apply for two tracks of funding: 1) Track One Recovery Grants that must be used in response to the pandemic and to support immediate health care needs; and 2) Track Two Impact Grants that create sustainable solutions for long-term regional rural health care problems. Learn more and apply here.


CPCA is sharing this list of the most up-to-date comprehensive regional funding opportunities that may help your health center navigate these unprecedented times. This list is for your convenience and information only, please contact the foundations directly for further details. For more information, click here


Transformations & Innovations Grants Program

The CARESTAR Foundation has announced their Transformations and Innovations Grants Program. They are looking for community-based collaboratives reimagining and transforming emergency and prehospital care. For example, how and who residents call for help in a crisis, the responders who show up, the care provided in homes and communities, or transport/transition to longer-term care when needed. Awards ranging from $100K-$510K for one-year grants and $300K-$1million for multi-year grants.

The Transformations and Innovations grant application process is approximately a four-month journey starting with a Letter of Intent through grant award and funding. LOIs are accepted at a ongoing basis throughout the year. For more information and how to apply please visit the CARESTAR website.

Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Distribution (RHCVD) Program
Under the program, Medicare-certified Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) receive direct COVID-19 vaccines in addition to their normal jurisdictions’ weekly allocation. Webinar recordings explaining RHC vaccine programs are available on the National Association of Rural Health Clinics website.  *New:  As a reminder, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 bivalent vaccine for people 12 years of age and older is available to order through the RHCVD program in both single and multi-dose vials. The single-dose option responds to widespread requests to allow greater flexibility for RHCs that may not have the demand or capacity to store multi-dose vials. 
Contact RHCVaxDistribution@hrsa.gov for more information.

Behavioral Health Equity Challenge: Outreach and Engagement Strategies for Underserved Racial and Ethnic Communities

The Challenge fund has $500,000 available for up to ten awards through this competition. Four awards will be dedicated to the winning strategies that address mental health; three awards will be dedicated to the winning strategies that address substance use prevention; three awards will be dedicated to the winning strategies that address substance use treatment, respectively. The challenge prize for each winner is expected to be $50,000 plus multiple opportunities for recognition. All prize-winning submissions will be prominently featured on the SAMHSA website and via social media; additional opportunities to be profiled by SAMHSA may be developed in the future.
CBOs such as public or private nonprofit organizations, peer-run organizations and faith-based organizations are encouraged to participate. CBOs can be a sole applicant or serve as a primary applicant to include local and state health departments, health systems, hospitals, health plans, academic medical centers, for-profit organizations, or other entities as part of teams that participate as a group.

Visit Challenge.gov to learn how to enter SAMHSA’s Equity Challenge, as well as eligibility, participation rules and requirements.
For any questions regarding the challenge, email challenge@samhsa.hhs.gov.

All submission materials must be submitted through Challenge.gov by June 8, 2023, 5 p.m. ET.


Request for Proposals Released for CA Uncompensated Care + Practical Support Grant Program to Expand Reproductive Health Access Statewide 
In 2022, the California Legislature and the Newsom administration took swift action to establish new state-funded grant programs to expand reproductive health access statewide in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s devastating decision overturning Roe vs. Wade – and in turn upending the fundamental right to access abortion nationwide.


Essential Access Health (Essential Access), in partnership with the California Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI), is pleased to announce the release of Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the Uncompensated Care and Practical Support grant programs, created to increase access to abortion and birth control for uninsured Californians with low incomes, and others who travel to our state to receive essential health care.

Practical Support Grants are for non-profit organizations that make access to abortion care possible through care coordination and activities including support services such as transportation, lodging, food, and child care. Learn more >>>Informational Webinar: April 25, 1-2 PM PT Register NOW  

Uncompensated Care Grants are for health care providers who participate in the Medi-Cal program. Learn more >>>Informational Webinar: April 27, 10-11 AM PT Register NOW

Applications for both grant programs are due by May 19, 2023.

Grant Opportunity: DHCS Releases RFA to Increase Recruitment and Retention of BH Workforce

On April 13, 2023, California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Behavioral Health Workforce Development (BHWD) initiative in California is now accepting applications for the new Behavioral Health Recruitment and Retention (BHRR) project.

The funding will be used for planning and implementing recruitment and retention strategies to create a sustainable and diverse workforce. The BHRR project will support the development of personnel frameworks; onboarding, engaging, and retaining behavioral health staff; and creating inclusive workplaces. Priority will be given to organizations working in under-resourced, marginalized, and diverse communities and those providing substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery services inclusive of alcohol and other drugs.

Capacity and Infrastructure, Transition, Expansion, and Development (CITED) Initiative
The PATH CITED initiative provides funding to enable the transition, expansion and development of Enhanced Care Management (ECM) and Community Supports capacity and infrastructure. 
These grants will provide the upfront funding needed by qualified applicants to support capacity and infrastructure necessary to deliver ECM and Community Supports services to Medi-Cal members. Applicants that receive CITED funding must be actively contracted to provide ECM/Community Supports or have a signed attestation from a Medi-Cal managed care plan (MCP) or their subcontractor that they intend to contract with to provide ECM/Community Supports in a timely manner. MCPs are not eligible to receive CITED funding. The CITED Round 2 application window opened on February 28 and will close on May 31.

Screening and Treatment for Maternal Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders (HRSA-23-085)

Description: Funding is intended to expand health care providers’ capacity to screen, assess, treat, and refer pregnant and postpartum people for mental health and substance use disorders. Awardees will establish, improve and/or maintain networks that provide real time psychiatric consultation, care coordination support services, and culturally appropriate training to maternity care providers and clinical practices.   Eligible Entities: States, tribes, and tribal organizations Total Funding:  Approximately $8.75 million Maximum Award:  $750,000 Total Awards:  Up to 14 awards


Project Timeframe:  5 year from September 30, 2023 – September 29, 2028


Deadline:  June 2, 2023


How to Apply https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=340484

COVID-19 Mitigation Project for Behavioral Health Systems

On May 11, 2023, DHCS re-released a Request for Applications (RFA) to solicit applications from California-based entities that support COVID-19 mitigation services in behavioral health settings and serving individuals engaged in co-occurring care throughout California.

Contracted organizations must use this funding to support one or more of the three following strategies: COVID-19 testing education, on-site COVID-19 testing, and/or maintaining healthy environments with a primary focus to support staff and individuals connected to the behavioral health system, particularly those engaged in mental health or substance use disorder care, including unhoused individuals. This project will span from September 15, 2023, through March 31, 2025. Eligible entities can apply for funding up to $500,000. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2023. For more information please visit the Sierra Foundation webpage.

Grant Funding Opportunity: Vision Initiatives - The Picerne Family Foundation

The Picerne Family Foundation has created the Vision Initiatives Program to foster and support health care, mental health and teaching professionals who have both the vision to see ways to improve services in their fields and the initiative to carry them out.  The goal of this program is to enhance the services these professionals provide while at the same time providing stimulus to their careers.

The Foundation invites accomplished and motivated health care, mental health and education professionals to propose “the project of their dreams”, a program that they feel will have real and lasting impact for their patients, clients or students. The Foundation’s role is to provide the funding to help fulfill that dream.  The Foundation provides multi-year grants and organizational consultation in support of the program.

Grant Amount:  Selected professionals will receive up to $15,000 for their project.

  • Mental Health Applications Due: June 30, 2023. Awards announced by August 1, 2023.
  • Health Care Applications Due: October 13, 2023. Awards announced by December 1, 2023.

Eligibility:  Licensed clinical health care and mental health professionals, educators and school counselors, Pre-K - 12, and are eligible for these awards.  Projects must fall outside of the scope and responsibility of normal institutional, county or district budgets.  Grants are currently awarded to professionals in Southern California.

Application Information:  Interested professionals are encouraged to contact the Foundation in advance of their written application in order to discuss their intended projects. Contact the Picerne Family Foundation by telephone at (949) 267-1517, or by e-mail for more information. Applications must be submitted in Microsoft Word Doc format to vnelson@picernefoundation.org and kengolden@gmail.com.  

Click on the following link to view an information meeting with the San Diego County Office of Education about the Vision Initiatives Grant: Educator Information Session. Applications are available for download by clicking on the following link: Vision Initiatives Application.

Clinical Infrastructure Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs

The Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) received $20 million to establish and administer Clinical Infrastructure scholarship and loan repayment programs to expand the number and type of health care providers offering abortion-related care and reproductive health services.

HCAI is pleased to announce the following programs are opening in May 2023. Click on the name of each program below to get more information and details on how to apply.

Applications open May 1, 2023, to July 31, 2023:

Applications open May 15, 2023, to August 15, 2023:

HCAI opens application cycles for loan repayment, scholarship, and grant programs throughout the course of each year. For information about eligibility, please click here.

For more information about HCAI’s Reproductive Health Care Access Initiatives, including other reproductive health grant programs, please click here

Golden State Social Opportunities Program (GSSOP)
GSSOP aims to increase the number of licensed behavioral health professionals providing direct patient care in California. This scholarship gives priority to those who have experienced foster care and/or homelessness, as well as Community-Based Organization employees. The GSSOP application cycle opens on May 15, 2023, and closes on August 15, 2023.

An informational webinar will be held on May 31, 2023, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. This webinar will include information regarding eligibility and how to apply. Click here to register. For more information visit, Golden State Social Opportunities Program.

Behavioral Health Scholarship Program (BHSP)
BHSP aims to increase the number of appropriately trained allied and advanced behavioral health professionals providing direct patient care in California. There are also scholarships available for individuals pursuing behavioral health careers in reproductive health settings. The BHSP application cycle opens on May 15, 2023, and closes on August 15, 2023.

An informational webinar will be held on May 31, 2023, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. This webinar will include information regarding eligibility and how to apply. Click here to register. For more information visit, Behavioral Health Scholarship Program.

Train New Trainers (TNT) Primary Care Psychiatry (PCP) Fellowship Scholarship 
The TNT PCP Fellowship is a year-long clinical education certificate program for primary care-oriented trainees and providers who wish to receive advanced training in primary care psychiatry. This training is provided by national experts at the interface of integrated psychiatric and general medical practice. There is a strong focus on learning with translation to excellent delivery of behavioral healthcare for mainly underserved populations. Applications are now open for the 2024 Cohort (Begins January 2024 and ends in December 2024) and the application deadline is on October 6, 2023, at 11:59 PST. Click here to learn more and register.

HCAI’s TNT PCP Fellowship Scholarship supports students accepted into the year-long clinical education program for primary care providers who wish to receive advanced training in primary care psychiatry.

The TNT PCP Fellowship Scholarship application opened on April 7, 2023, and closes on October 27, 2023. FQHCs are qualifying practice sites and must be a MD, DO, NP, PA in the following specialties: family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, or pediatrics. For more information visit,TNT PCP Scholarship.


The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) may provide letters of support for organizations in California applying to federal grants. If you are applying for a federal grant and would like to receive a letter of support from DHCS, you can submit a request to calsorh@dhcs.ca.gov.

Note that DHCS may choose not to provide letters for certain grant opportunities. In those situations, you should include documentation in your proposal showing that you submitted a request but were unable to secure a letter.


The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), which serves as California’s Primary Care Office, offers letters of support for organizations in California applying to federal grants.  If you are applying for a federal grant and would like to receive a letter of support from OSHPD, follow these guidelines:

  • Submit request via email to HCRWorkforce@oshpd.ca.gov
  • Email subject: Provide funding opportunity number [Letter of Support, “FOA #”]8
  • Email body: Provide funding opportunity title, number and application’s deadline
  • Email attachment: In a separate Word document, provide abstract information on your project.
  • At least 15 business days advanced notice is required. OSHPD suggests allowing 2-3 weeks for turnaround time.

OSHPD also has access to and knowledge of various data points to support proposal development:

  • Census data on Medical Study Service Areas
  • Medically Underserved Area/Medically Underserved Population designations
  • National Health Service Corps provider data from HRSA Data Warehouse
  • Health Profession Shortage Area FTE
  • J-1 Visa Waiver data available through DHCS contact
  • Clinics financial/utilization
  • Health outcome measures, including preventable hospitalizations as indicators of access to community based primary and preventative care
  • Licensing Board data on certain provider supply by County
  • Health Professions Education Programs location information
  • Research briefs and literature reviews on topics that impact California's healthcare workforce
  • Send your specific data request via email to HCRWorkforce@oshpd.ca.gov


If you have questions or need more information, please contact grants@cpca.org