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Sequoia Healthcare District Grant Applications oversubscribed

Original post made by Jack Hickey on Jan 4, 2013

In a press release from District PR guy, Don Shoecraft (a.k.a. MTK Communications Web Link), Grant applications total $3.355 million. There is only $1.35 million available in the budget. Will the District go for a Parcel tax to fill the gap?

SEQUOIA HEALTHCARE DISTRICT GRANTS
PROGRAM DRAWS 61 APPLICANTS

REDWOOD CITY, CA/Jan. 3, 2013 — Sixty-one potential nonprofit grant recipients — a new record for the district — have filed letters of intent to apply for Caring Community funding, handing Sequoia Healthcare District's Grants Committee a hefty work load as it begins to evaluate how to distribute $1.34 million set aside in the 2013–14 fiscal year for its community health priorities.

The priorities are: Health Literacy — Food Security — Preventive Health Care — Behavioral Health (e.g., family violence, mental health, substance use) — Chronic Disease Management.

This is Sequoia Healthcare District's twelfth annual grant-making cycle, which to date has returned more than $25.5 million to the community in health-related programs operated by 501(c) 3 charitable nonprofits.

Last year 50 agencies applied for the $1.35 million available, with 29 reaching the final grant-making stage.

In the nine years prior to 2011 the Caring Community grants program was managed by an outside consulting agency that helped set the parameters, briefed potential applicants, coordinated the application process and assisted the Grants Committee.

Three years ago the district brought the program in-house. District Chief Operating Officer Lee Michelson now manages all aspects of the application process at considerable cost savings. Michelson credits an aggressive communications and community outreach effort with the greater penetration of the grants program.

It had been growing steadily until last year, when the number of applications jumped to 50 from the mid-30s.

The new high of 61 applicants is no surprise, Michelson said.

"The district has recognized for some time that there is tremendous unmet need in the community for all its priority funding areas," he said. "District directors are doing their best to fill in the blanks in coordination with a number of community and governmental health agencies, but it's a big bill to fill."

Grantees must pass muster in a process that requires a letter of intent, a complete and detailed application, review by a Grants Committee drawn from the district Board of Directors and community leaders, a signed contract, six-month incremental funding and six-month and 12-month evaluations reviewed by the district.

A summary of requests for the letters filed thus far shows the 61 agencies in sum have requested $3.355 million in program amounts, with an average grant request of $55,000. Grant amounts range from a low of $5,100 to the maximum allowed of $100,000.

Twenty-five requests come from previous successful applicant agencies; 31 are new to the program.

Sequoia Healthcare District funding directly assists more 40,000 women, children and seniors in the district, which includes the cities of Atherton, Belmont, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, Woodside, and portions of San Mateo and Foster City from Skyline Boulevard to the Bay.

Comments (9)

Posted by Jack Hickey, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm

As a Director of the Sequoia Healthcare District, I requested copies of grant applications submitted by e-mail. (The application forms are on the District website and they can be sent by e-mail).
Lee Michelson declined my request, and said he will share the applications with me AFTER the Grantees are approved.


Posted by Jack Hickey, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 1, 2013 at 11:13 am

Note: I proposed that the Sequoia Heaalthcare District allow property tax payers to choose which charities get their tax dollars. Here is a list of applicants. Which ones do you support with your own funds?
All 2013 letters of intent
1. Peninsula Volunteer's $80,000 Roessner House Adult Day Care program
2. Peninsula Volunteer's $100,000 meals on wheels
3. Riley's Place $25,000 Animals Helping Children.
4. San Mateo County Medical Association Community Service Foundation $20,000 for a HEP B free education program
5. Peninsula Family Services $50,000 Redwood Club Development Center, a mental health program.
6. Peninsula Family Services $100,000 North Fair Oaks Senior Wellness program.
7. EL Centro de Libertad $100,000 adult outpatient treatment program.
8. Women's Recovery Association $50,000 dual diagnosis behavioral health program.
9. EL Centro de Libertad $100,000 Youth Intervention Program.
10. Job Train $30,000 Single Stop health program.
11. Adolescent Counseling Services $20,000 in after-school counseling program.
12. City of San Carlos Parks and Recreation $13,000 food subsidy program.
13. Hospital Consortium of San Mateo County $30,000 fall prevention task force.
14. Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula $100,000 support of the Triple Play program.
15. CORA is seeking $100,000 to support their mental health program.
16. Saint Anthony of Padua Dining Room $100,000
17. Peninsula Volunteers $50,000 senior wellness program at Little House.
18. Rebuilding Together Peninsula $60,000 Safe-at-home Program.
19. Adapt Foundation $15,000 Family support program.
20. Adapt Foundation $20,000 domestic violence.
21. PARCA $10,000 wellness program.
22. Society of Saint Vincent De Paul $25,000 direct assistance program.
23. Star Vista $80,000 Daybreak mental health program.
24. Star Vista $60,000 Insights program.
25. Vista Center For The Blind $16,100 Living With Diabetes program.
26. Vista Center For The Blind $16,000 Social Services Program
27. Catholic Charities $60,000 Adult Day Program
28. Inn Vision Shelter Network $100,000 Family Wellness Program
29. Peninsula Jewish Community Center $50,000 Get Up And Go Program
30. Peninsula Jewish Community Center $18,000 Pink Ribbon program
31. Said Mateo County Transit District $90,000 Volunteer Driving Program
32. Kainos $40,000 Healthy Living Program
33. Ombudsman Services $60,000
34. The Service league is asking for $ 50,000 for the Hope House project. We currently are funding at $25,000.
35. San Mateo Sheriff's Activities League is asking for $ 30,000 for their SAL Healthy Kids program. We currently give $25,000.
36. Mission Hospice is asking for $40,000 for the Transitions program. They now get $25,000.
37. Foster City Village is asking for $6,800 to support their service delivery program. This is new.
38. MidPen Residential Services seeks $ 25,000 for a senior health and fitness program. New.
39. MidPen is also seeking $100,000 for Live It Up Health and Fitness. New.
40. CASA is seeking $50,000 to support their foster child assistance program. Last year we gave them $40,000.
41. Adaptive PE is seeking $100,000. Last year we gave them $50,000.
42. Caminar is seeking $100,000 for Bridges to Wellness. New.
43.Caminar is seeking $100,000 for nutrition team program. New.
44. Caminar is seeking $17,000 for Open Pantry. New.
45. American Heart Association is asking for $50,000 for Kids Cook with Heart program. New.
46. Center for Independence is seeking $50,000 for counseling program. New.
47. Jewish Family and Children's Services is seeking $35,000 for their Seniors at Home Program. New.
48. 2nd Harvest is seeking $100,000 for family Harvest. Last year we gave them $90,000 for this and produce mobile program.
49. 2nd Harvest is also seeking $100,000 for Produce Mobile/ Brown Bag. See above.
50. City Of RWC Parks is seeking $48,000 for adult lifestyle program. New.
51. Vista Center for Blind is seeking $5,100 for a vision rehab program. New.
52. AFAR is seeking $ 50,000 for their scholarship program. Last year we gave them $40,000.
53. Friends for Youth is asking $30,000 for a youth wellness program. New.
54. Planned Parenthood is seeking $30,000 for reproductive services. Same amount that we gave last year.
55. RWC PAL is asking for $10,000 to support their Healthy Living program. New.
56. Self- Help for the Elderly wants $60,000 for their chronic disease management program.
57. LEMO is seeking $45,000 for a health and wellness program. New.
58. Sequoia YMCA is seeking $75,000 to expand their MEND program. We currently give them $40,000.
59. El Concillio is seeking $100,000 for their chronic disease management program. New.
60. Casa De Redwood is asking for $ 20,000 for their Better Living for Seniors program. New.
61. US Senior Vets is seeking $100,000 for their Community Outreach and claims processing program. New.
62. Self help for the Elderly is seeking $40,000 for their diabetes program. New.


Posted by family farm, a resident of Woodside: Family Farm/Hidden Valley
on Feb 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Wow! Great causes!


Posted by Jack Hickey, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Unfortunately, grant applications total $3.355 million, but there is only $1.35 million available in the budget. Perhaps you could help the Grants Committee choose the best? Or, write a big check? That family farm ought to be worth something.


Posted by Jack Hickey, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Her are the 43 surviving grant applicants:

1. Peninsula Volunteer's $80,000 Roessner House Adult Day Care program

2. Peninsula Volunteer's $100,000 meals on wheels

3. Riley's Place $25,000 Animals Helping Children.

5. Peninsula Family Services $50,000 Redwood Club Development Center, a mental health program.

7. EL Centro de Libertad $100,000 adult outpatient treatment program.

8. Women's Recovery Association $50,000 dual diagnosis behavioral health program.

9. EL Centro de Libertad $100,000 Youth Intervention Program.

11. Adolescent Counseling Services $20,000 in after-school counseling program.

12. City of San Carlos Parks and Recreation $13,000 food subsidy program.

14. Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula $100,000 support of the Triple Play program.

15. CORA is seeking $100,000 to support their mental health program.

16. Saint Anthony of Padua Dining Room $100,000

18. Rebuilding Together Peninsula $60,000 Safe-at-home Program.

19. Adapt Foundation $15,000 Family support program.

21. PARCA $10,000 wellness program.

22. Society of Saint Vincent De Paul $25,000 direct assistance program.

23. Star Vista $80,000 Daybreak mental health program.

24. Star Vista $60,000 Insights program.

27. Catholic Charities $60,000 Adult Day Program

28. Inn Vision Shelter Network $100,000 Family Wellness Program

29. Peninsula Jewish Community Center $50,000 Get Up And Go Program

32. Kainos $40,000 Healthy Living Program

33. Ombudsman Services $60,000

34. The Service league is asking for $ 50,000 for the Hope House project. We currently are funding at $25,000.

35. San Mateo Sheriff's Activities League is asking for $ 30,000 for their SAL Healthy Kids program. We currently give $25,000.

36. Mission Hospice is asking for $40,000 for the Transitions program. They now get $25,000.

38. MidPen Residential Services seeks $ 25,000 for a senior health and fitness program. New.

39. MidPen is also seeking $100,000 for Live It Up Health and Fitness. New.

40. CASA is seeking $50,000 to support their foster child assistance program. Last year we gave them $40,000.

41. Adaptive PE is seeking $100,000. Last year we gave them $50,000.

42. Caminar is seeking $100,000 for Bridges to Wellness. New.

47. Jewish Family and Children's Services is seeking $35,000 for their Seniors at Home Program. New.

48. 2nd Harvest is seeking $100,000 for family Harvest. Last year we gave them $90,000 for this and produce mobile program.

49. 2nd Harvest is also seeking $100,000 for Produce Mobile/ Brown Bag. See above.

51. Vista Center for Blind is seeking $5,100 for a vision rehab program. New.

52. AFAR is seeking $ 50,000 for their scholarship program. Last year we gave them $40,000.

53. Friends for Youth is asking $30,000 for a youth wellness program. New.

54. Planned Parenthood is seeking $30,000 for reproductive services. Same amount that we gave last year.

55. RWC PAL is asking for $10,000 to support their Healthy Living program. New.

58. Sequoia YMCA is seeking $75,000 to expand their MEND program. We currently give them $40,000.

59. El Concillio is seeking $100,000 for their chronic disease management program. New.

60. Casa De Redwood is asking for $ 20,000 for their Better Living for Seniors program. New.

61. US Senior Vets is seeking $100,000 for their Community Outreach and claims processing program. New.


Posted by POGO, a resident of Woodside: other
on Feb 21, 2013 at 5:26 pm

The point is that we didn't approve the creation of the Sequoia Healthcare District to give away money to any of these programs.

It just shows you how difficult it is to get rid of a governmental agency, even when it no longer has a hospital!


Posted by Jack Hickey, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 27, 2013 at 11:02 am

I am including the below link to the Sequoia Healthcare Districts Community Grants Program List of Grantees for those who might wish to explore their websites and review their financials.

I ask you to consider this:
If the Sequoia Healthcare District didn't exist, would you vote to create it to act as a tax funded "United Way"?
Voters who created the Sequoia Hospital District in 1946 Web Link and those who agreed to the sale of Sequoia Hospital in 1996 Web Link were not aware that the District would continue to collect property taxes originally assessed to support Sequoia Hospital. Web Link

Web Link


Posted by Jack Hickey, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Mar 29, 2013 at 9:40 am

The finalists can be found on pages 13 and 14 of the Districts Board packet for their meeting next Wednesday.

Web Link


Posted by Jack Hickey, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Mar 29, 2013 at 9:41 am

Correction, pages 12 and 13


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