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San Bernardino County Medical Center

Community Benefit is central to our mission. We believe good health is a fundamental aspiration of all people. We recognize that promotion of good health extends beyond the doctor’s office and the hospital. Like our approach to medicine, our work in the community takes a prevention-focused, evidence-based approach. To be healthy, people need access to care including access to healthy and nutritious food in their neighborhood, safe parks, walking paths, and playgrounds, improved school meal nutrition and increased opportunities for physical activity. Good health for the entire community also requires a focus on social and economic well-being.

We focus our work on three broad areas:

  • Providing access to high-quality care for low-income, underserved people
  • Creating safe, healthy communities and environments where people live, work, and play
  • Sharing medical expertise and disseminating health related resources and sharing it widely with community based organizations, schools, cities, leagues, etc.

Across these areas, we work to inspire and support people to be healthier in all aspects of their lives, and build stronger, healthier communities.

In pursuit of our mission we go beyond traditional corporate philanthropy and grant-making to leverage our internal resources with our physician expertise, clinical practices, health education expertise, and technical assistance. In addition to dedicating resources through Community Benefit, we also leverage substantial additional assets that improve community health, including our workforce volunteerism.

For many years, we have worked collaboratively with other organizations to address serious public health issues such as obesity, access to care, and education. We have conducted Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) to better understand each community’s unique needs and resources. The CHNA process informs our community investments and helps us develop strategies aimed at making long-term, sustainable change—and it allows us to deepen the strong relationships we have with other organizations that are working to improve community health.

San Bernardino County Medical Center Grants Program

Grantmaking is currently closed

The grant information below is for historical information only. Our 2019 application deadline was March 15, 2019.

Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County Service Area provides grants to local nonprofit health and human service organizations that address the priority health needs for its community service area. The current funding priorities, funding timeline, and guidelines on how to apply are provided below.

If you would like to apply for Grant or Sponsorship Funding for a broader service area in Southern California or Nationally, visit this site for more information and to apply.

If you would like to apply for a local event sponsorship, such as: health fairs/expositions; conferences; symposia; public policy briefings; and health education forums; visit this site for more information and to apply. 

Current Grant Funding Priorities

Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County Service Area is currently focused on supporting the following health needs and related strategic priorities. Reviewing this area will help to ensure that your proposed grant project is aligned with these priorities.

Access to Health Care

  • Increase coverage and access to comprehensive, quality health care services for low income and uninsured populations. Support will be considered for the following: 
    • a) direct primary care services (including preventive services and specialty care) for underserved populations, and/or
    • b) solutions that address the health care needs of people who do not qualify for low-cost or no-cost health insurance, such as outreach, enrollment, and retention efforts to increase access to health care coverage, use of Community Health Workers to connect residents to medical homes, onboarding/orientation for new patient members including education about patient centered medical home concept and how to access clinical preventive services, including education on use of routine care, urgent care, and care coordination (promotores/community health workers).
  • Improve the capacity of the primary care workforce to meet community needs.
  • Enhance individuals' utilization of the community based health delivery system. Support will be considered for exploring opportunities between hospitals and safety net community clinic providers to reduce hospital readmissions (follow up appointments to community clinics upon discharge). 

Economic Security

  • Reduce and prevent displacement and homelessness. Support will be considered for the following:
    • a) housing support programs such as, shelter/housing for homeless individuals,  rapid re-housing, and tenant-based rental assistance for low-income families to create a path to more housing options, to include intake of all needs, case management, and follow–up, and/or
    • b) community-based organizations and networks that advance economic security, and/or
    • c) efforts to assess upstream social and basic needs and coordinate with community based organizations.
  • Improve employment opportunities. Support will be considered for the following: employment skills development, career-employment bridge programs, transitional employment programs (time-limited, subsidized, paid jobs) as a bridge to unsubsidized employment, and on-the-job training. 
  • Reduce food insecurity in the community. Support will be considered for the following:
    • a) cities, schools, community based organizations to provide healthy food options (including fruits/vegetables, accessible drinking water) and to adopt healthy food policies, including procurement practices, and/or
    • b) programs that focus on enrolling community members into available food programs (ie. Cal Fresh, Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). 
  • Improve education attainment. Support will be considered for educational attainment programs focused on
    • a) high school dropout prevention, and/or
    • b) mentoring for students at-risk, homeless, foster care, and/or
    • c) college enrollment, and/or
    • d) health care workforce pipeline, and/or
    • e) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Mental and Behavioral Health

  • Increase access to comprehensive, quality mental health services for low income and uninsured populations. Support will be considered for the following
    • a) continue or expand direct service delivery (counseling, therapy, etc.), and/or
    • b) evidence-based and promising family and youth development programs in school settings focused on conflict resolution, violence/bullying, mentoring, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and/or
    • c) suicide prevention, such as student assistance programs, and/or
    • d) parenting education and social support programs
  • Improve the knowledge, capacity and infrastructure of health care, organizations and communities to address mental and behavioral health.
    • a) programs that focus on the integration of primary care  with mental health services ( ie. training of health care providers to identify mental and behavioral health needs, patient navigators to help patients access services, strengthening of referral networks, and/or co-location of services between primary care and mental health providers), and/or 
    • b) training of organization staff/volunteers or workforce to improve service delivery, capacity or improve mental health access 
    • c) capacity building partnerships and networks that sustain and scale change and lift up priorities, evidence and experience of communities, and share information about what works in improving behavioral and mental health and to build the field, and in general sharing/discussing coordination, collaboration, and network building
    • d) transportation
  • Promote positive mental health by fostering community cohesion and social and emotional support. Support will be considered for prevention efforts to increase community awareness and educate youth and adults about the dangers of substance abuse and  prescription drugs (including sharing, proper disposal, unintentional overdose, etc.) across school districts and universities.

Obesity/Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL)/Diabetes

  • Improve access to opportunities for physical activity and healthy food options in the community. Support will be considered for the following:
    • a) programs that improve referral of patients to evidence-based health promotion programs that teach self-management and empowerment techniques for chronic disease management and prevention; and/or
    • b) cities, schools, community based organizations to provide healthy food options (including fruits/vegetables, accessible drinking water) and to adopt healthy food policies, including procurement practices; and/or
    • c) enrolling community members into available food programs (ie. Cal Fresh, Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and d) multi-level, multi-component initiatives/programs in school and community settings, etc. to support access to healthy, affordable food and physical activity-promoting environments where people work, live and play. 

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for a Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County Service Area Community Health grant, an applicant organization (or fiscal agent), must have operations in California and be one of the following types of nonprofit organizations:

  • 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization with a 509 (a) designation indicating that the organization is not a private foundation
  • A local, state, or federal government agency, including any of its subdivisions that perform substantial governmental functions

In addition, organizations must:

  • Provide direct services to disadvantaged and/or underserved populations that address funding priorities identified in the Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County Service Area Community Health Needs Assessment
  • Provide services within the geographic boundaries of Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County Service Area, which includes the communities of: Angelus Oaks, Apple Valley, Banning, Beaumont, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Bloomington, Calimesa, Cedar Glen, Cedarpines Park, Cherry Valley, Hesperia, Highland, Lake Arrowhead, Loma Linda, Lytle Creek, Mentone, Mountain View Acres, Muscoy, Patton, Phelan, Pinon Hills, Redlands, Rialto, Rimforest, Rubidoux, Running Springs, San Bernardino, Skyforest, Sugarloaf, Twin Peaks, Victorville, Wrightwood, Yucaipa, Chino, Chino Hills, Claremont, Diamond Bar, La Verne, Mira Loma, Montclair, Mt. Baldy, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, San Antonio Heights, Upland

Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County Service Area Community Health does not consider funding requests from international, social, recreational clubs, or for the following:

  • Sports teams and tournaments (e.g., golf tournaments, tennis events, walks, and runs)
  • Individuals
  • Religious purposes
  • Partisan political activities
  • Endowments or memorials
  • Re-granting purposes to other organizations

Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County Service Area will not consider requests from organizations that discriminate based on gender, age, economic status, educational background, race, color, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or marital status in your programs, services, policies and administration. In addition, Community Health grants will not be awarded for activities, events, or programs organized or solely sponsored by alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceutical companies, or companies that produce firearms.

We generally do not provide grants for academic research, capital campaigns, event sponsorships (including community health fairs), or political campaigns.

Grant Award Parameters and Considerations

Select only one grant funding priority need area and specify the sub strategy. One year grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. Grant term is from July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020. Request for core operating funds will be accepted only for the Mental and Behavioral Health priority need area.

To view your submitted application click here.

NOTE: Only one (1) application will be accepted per organization per cycle

Grantmaking Contact

Martha Valencia
Community Benefit Health Manager
(909) 427.5268

By the Numbers

Total Grants Awarded in 2017

Looking for CHNA Reports?

You can find all the CHNA Reports organized by Year and Medical Center in the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Section of the Service Areas Page.